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Solar Plexus Problems
Might be a bone!: Where your rib cage meets in front, at the bottom, there's a bone called the xiphoid process that sticks down. In some cases it can move or twist and become painful--or stick out more. Sometimes women notice this after delivering a baby. If your hard spot is lower than this bone, there are other explanations, but you should see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Get it checked: Gerd (reflux disease) may be the culprit as that is very common. However, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing or food getting stuck) is a symptom in a 63 yo that requires further evaluation such as an endoscopy or UGI series (radiology test). ...Read more
Over did it when excersising on Thursday and still have considerable pain in solar plexus area is this normal and what can I do to help?
Push fluids/rest: Yes it is fairly normal to have continued pain for up to a week if you overdid the exercise in the abdominal area. Just drink lots of water and back off on the exercise. It may take a week or two but you should be back to normal soon. Always increase exercise regimens slowly to avoid muscle strain and this type of pain. ...Read more
My solar plexus area really hurts, and when i eat it gets worse.. What could cause this? I was doing bench presses day before
Internal not muscula: This sounds like a stomach or intestinal problem not a muscular problem. See your physician. Muscle soreness does not get worse when you eat. ...Read more
Network of nerves: A plexus is a complex network of nerves. The solar plexus is the common name for the celiac plexus which is located in the abdomen behind the stomach. Pain in that area can be caused by various things including a blow to the abdomen or any conditions that irritate surrounding structures such as the pancreas. ...Read more
Anxiety: Symptoms can start just about anywhere & spread elsewhere. ...Read more
I fell flat onto my vacuum cleaner and hit my solar plexus and feel very sensitive in that area now and can't open or close jars. Will this heal soon.?
Doctor can evaluate: Pain at the bottom front of the chest and the upper abdomen can be from bruised ribs and/or bruised tummy muscles, but one cannot tell for sure without an evaluation. If the wrists or hands were injured, and one cannot grasp lids to open or close jars, there may be a fracture, so a doctor can check to see if an xray is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Xiphoid process: If this is hard and sometimes painful to push on, it is likely the tip of your breast bone. It sometimes pokes up a bit. If it feels more like it is in the superficial skin it is a cyst of some sort. ...Read more
No direct connection: The "solar plexus" is a group of nerves located behind the stomach and in front of the aorta. These nerves go to various digestive organs including the pancreas and bowel, but not to the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are innervated by nerves coming from the thoracic spine. There is therefore no direct connection between the two. ...Read more
No: This is usually the lower end of the sternum and the xiphoid process. Sometimes it is tender to push on. ...Read more