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I have a sharp pain under my xiphoid process that makes me short of breath. I was kicked by my 1 year old daughter there. What could it be?

I have a sharp pain under my xiphoid process that makes me short of breath. I was kicked by my 1 year old daughter there. What could it be?

Depends on force: Of blunt injury. You could have injured your liver. If you are short of breath, you need to see a doctor quickly because lack of oxygen in the blood is immediately dangerous. ...Read more

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I have a constant pain (feels like pulled muscle) under my xiphoid process. I noticed it last night when going to bed - particularly when lying on my left side. I am 60 yr. Old. No history of heart disease. I was out shoveling heavy/wet snow for an hour e

I have a constant pain (feels like pulled muscle) under my xiphoid process. I noticed it last night when going to bed - particularly when lying on my left side. I am 60 yr. Old. No history of heart disease. I was out shoveling heavy/wet snow for an hour e

Chest pain: While it may be only musculoskeletal, given your age and the circumstances that led to the pain, the wisest course of action is to immediately go to the er for cardiac evaluation. No adult male with chest pain should assume it is not heart related until they have been properly evaluated. Go now without further delay. ...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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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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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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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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