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Had med. Sternotomy yrs ago for afib. Followed by chronic xiphoid pain. Xiphoidectomy made it worse. Now have upper ab pain/tension, rib tension/tension in mus. Below ribs. Intercostal nerve block?

Had med. Sternotomy yrs ago for afib.  Followed by chronic xiphoid pain.  Xiphoidectomy made it worse. Now have upper ab pain/tension, rib tension/tension in mus. Below ribs. Intercostal nerve block?

This may be: Challenging to treat. See your pain management physician for treatment options. Many are available. If everything fails spinal cord stimulation may be very effective even if the problem has been present for many years. ...Read more

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I lifted some heavy weight and did some damage to my xiphoid process. Only pain when i cough/sneeze. Otherwise discomfort. Ekg ok. Any medical help?

I lifted some heavy weight and did some damage to my xiphoid process. Only pain when i cough/sneeze. Otherwise discomfort. Ekg ok. Any medical help?

No.: Unfortunately, rib strains and xiphoid process strains are treated only with avoidance of straining, and waiting. You can use otc analgesics to lessen the pain, however, they wont work very good for something like this. You don't need any surgery or bracing. Pain typically improves over a period of a couple weeks. Good luck! ...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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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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Stinging pain on xiphoid, left side where ribs start, when snapping my fingers or leaning forward. Light exertion might cause as well. Is this muscles?

Rib cartilage: In a young healthy person localized pain in the chest wall is most commonly due to inflammation of the joint between the rob and sternum or the cartilage. Local ice packs or a counter irritant cream may help. The association of chest pain with exertion is always a red flag and warrants that you see a physician and be thoroughly examined. ...Read more

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What causes 1.5 yr intermittent pain left shoulder blade,down arm to fingers,ribs below breast.PCP says not cardiac.Some pain in xiphoid,chest.

What causes 1.5 yr intermittent pain left shoulder blade,down arm to fingers,ribs below breast.PCP says not cardiac.Some pain in xiphoid,chest.

Thoracic pain: There are many causes of symptoms described,it is not enough to say its not cardiac,go further to figure out what is causing the sensations eg pinched nerve,GI causes,anxiety etc etc.Good luck. ...Read more