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I can feel a lump about the size of a quarter below my xiphoid process. There's no pain and I have no other symptoms. Should I be concerned seriously?

I can feel a lump about the size of a quarter below my xiphoid process. There's no pain and I have no other symptoms. Should I be concerned seriously?

Yes: Since you are writing in you are concerned.
Could be a lipoma, hernia, skin carbuncle.
See a doctor for exam- need to feel the lump and possibly get imaging test. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate the painless, central small lump, just under the sternum as xiphoid process or epigastric hernia?

How do you differentiate the painless, central small lump, just under the sternum as xiphoid process or epigastric hernia?

Hernia or not?: Biggest way to differentiate is does this area change with flexion of the abdominal muscles. I.e. lay flat and lift the feet up off the bed (a leg lift). Does the lump come out? If it does, it is a hernia. How about squat down and lift something. Same rule applies. Now, without a large lump it does not necessarily mean no hernia, but if it does, that is the answer. ...Read more

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What is causing pain around my xiphoid process?

What is causing pain around my xiphoid process?

Depends: You need to describe the pain better. This could be due to muscular or skeletal issues, gi, lung, or cardiac problems. A simple examination or radiology studies could give useful information. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having pain behind my xiphoid process. It radiates to my shoulder?

I'm having pain behind my xiphoid process. It radiates to my shoulder?

Chest pain?: Your xyphoid process is under your sternum and in the middle of your chest, so radiaition to your shuolder could be simple heart burn or could be cardiac related. See your dr. To get an evaluation and a proper diagnosis for any necessary treatment (and to assure it is not your heart). ...Read more

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Help please? How hard is it to break your xiphoid process bone?

Help please? How hard is it to break your xiphoid process bone?

Hard: You would require asharp blow to the lower chest an fracture a small thin bone held by ligaments. Its more likely to bend and strain the ligaments then to fracture ...Read more

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Y ismy xiphoid process longer than normal and so tender to touch?

Y ismy xiphoid process longer than normal and so tender to touch?

See below: Xiphoidalgia (xiphoidynia) is a relatively rare syndrome that is characterized by localized discomfort and tenderness over the xiphoid process of the sternum. Symptoms are often aggravated by eating a heavy meal or bending or twisting movements; they may also be associated with heavy work or a cough. Analgesics or a local injection may help. ...Read more

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My xiphoid process hurts to touch and in waves I get pain in different parts of my abdomen?

My xiphoid process hurts to touch and in waves I get pain in different parts of my abdomen?

Xiphoid: The xiphoid process is a cartilage at the bottom of the sternum and as such can become tender or irritated. However it shouldn't cause waves of discomfort in other areas of the abdomen as the tenderness is well localized to the end it the sternum. If you're experiencing frequent abdominal discomfort and tenderness in the actual abdomen, you should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Can your xiphoid process puncture anything or cause internal bleeding if stretched the wrong way?

Can your xiphoid process puncture anything or cause internal bleeding if stretched the wrong way?

Yes: With a serious frontal chest injury, the xiphoid could be broken, dislocated etc and act just like a rib fracture and puncture an internal organ. ...Read more

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I have a weird bubble type sensation around my Xiphoid Process. I am 20 years old and it lasts about a minute each time and comes and goes.?

I have a weird bubble type sensation around my Xiphoid Process. I am 20 years old and it lasts about a minute each time and comes and goes.?

What is there?: At the level of the xyphoid process is the lower esophagus, upper stomach, mid-pancreas, transverse colon. Likely esophageal spasm due to fleeting nature. Could be "gas" in the top of the stomach or the transverse colon. Something medically important will last and last and tend to worsen over time. I would give this time and if persists, changes, worsens, seek care from primary doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my xiphoid process feels disconfort?

Why does my xiphoid process feels disconfort?

Area of discomfort?: Is the pain reproducible when you press upon the bony tissue, or is it related to the soft tissue below the xiphoid process? Gastritis can present with pain in the epigastric region below the xiphoid process, as can peptic ulcer disease or pancreatic disease. ...Read more

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Sharp pain below xiphoid process and ribs more pain if I bend forward?

Reflux???: Is is acute or chronic? Is it triggered by certain foods too? Try avoiding caffeine and caffeinated drinks, greasy fried foods, oj, acidic foods, spicy foods and nsaids. If you notice improvement in 2 weeks, see a GI doc for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Causes of rib pain from xiphoid process to the right side along ribs. Definitely rib pain the dr said?

Talk to MD: The nerves from you spine travel along the edge of the ribs to the xyphoid process, so any inflammation or irritation of the nerve at that level will feel like pain along the distribution of that nerve. Keep in touch with md to make sure nothing else is going on, but the rib pain diagnosis seems accurate based on this information. ...Read more

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Laying down on side I've had horrible pain where the xiphoid process is. Excruciating. What makes this so painful?

Laying down on side I've had horrible pain where the xiphoid process is. Excruciating. What makes this so painful?

Possibilities inclu-: De:-
1: Chondritis/Costchondritis of the X process or adjacent ribs;
2: Adjacent structures: Lungs= pneumonia or pleurisy;
Heart: Angina or pericarditis;
Stomach: gastritis, esophagitis, hiatal hernia;
Gall bladder infection/inflammation;
3: Referred pain from the spine due to a disc lesion or spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Have worked out and lost 110 lbs and just noticed my xiphoid-process sticks out little bit more, under my left peck. No pain, but saw it and curious?

Have worked out and lost 110 lbs and just noticed my xiphoid-process sticks out little bit more, under my left peck. No pain, but saw it and curious?

Xiphoid prominent: Loss of 110 lbs (congratulations) on way to have ' six pack ' abdominal wall, xyphoid will get prominent due to loss of fat, don't worry, just tone up ...Read more

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Hard to explain but I feel like I can move something in the middle of my chest like below my xiphoid process with my finger...some pressure also.

Hard to explain but I feel like I can move something in the middle of my chest like below my xiphoid process with my finger...some pressure also.

Hernia, cyst?: This could be a variety of different conditions although it is most like an extension of your xiphoid. This could be a cyst or hernia. ...Read more

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Sudden onset: pain radiating out from xiphoid process with back pain at same level and towards shoulders. What might cause this? History back spasms

Various causes: Acute pain in the pit of the stomach with back and shoulder radiation could be due to gastritis, pylorospasm, peptic ulcer, pancreatitis, gall bladder problems, etc. Xiphoid or sternal inflammation or pinched nerve in the rib cage are less likely. If you have abdominal tenderness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal distension or persistent pain, see your physician. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain with applied pressure to the left of the xiphoid process, also feel something moving in there from stretching forward and backwards.

Musculoskeletal Pain: If the pain can be reproduced by externally applied direct pressure this pain is most likely musculoskeletal pain.

Costochondritis or muscular strain/sprain.

The treatment is generally supportive.

Topically applied heat/cold; massage; oral analgesics. Sometimes local injection is very helpful. ...Read more

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My xiphoid process is very tender to the touch. Been that way for a year or so. There has been no impact, gal bladder or any other issues! What's wrong?

My xiphoid process is very tender to the touch. Been that way for a year or so. There has been no impact, gal bladder or any other issues! What's wrong?

Costochondritis?: Could just be an inflammatory process of unknown cause that is responsible for your symptoms. Ask your doctor if a course of anti-inflammatory medication is appropriate. It doesn't sound dangerous. Also, make sure to get a good physical exam from your doctor as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a "small" hiatal hernia, and lately have had pain and swelling in the xiphoid process and around to my back. Could these be related?

I have a "small" hiatal hernia, and lately have had pain and swelling in the xiphoid process and around to my back. Could these be related?

Doubtful: The esophageal hiatus (the hole in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes) can stretch out to allow some or all of the stomach to go into the chest is located just in front of the spine. It would not cause swelling near the xiphoid process. Maybe excess gas in the stomach or colon could cause that. It doesn't sound specific to any one diagnosis. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm having pains where the xiphoid process would be. I'm sick with flu. Seen doctor in the a.M, didn't seem concerned-but it's bring me to tears. Why?

I'm having pains where the xiphoid process would be. I'm sick with flu. Seen doctor in the a.M, didn't seem concerned-but it's bring me to tears. Why?

Inflammation: This can be very common and it is inflammation of the cartilage around the ribs/sternum. Helped with antiinflammatories (ibuprofen, etc). Hurts because there is inflammation and movement and when you breath and cough, feels worse. Generally not dangerous but feels terrible. Sometimes doc will use steroids to help right away but watch out with an already weak immune system. ...Read more