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Dr. John Munshower
Board Certified, Family Medicine
25 years in practice
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I'm having pain behind my xiphoid process.It radiates to my shoulder?

Dr. John Munshower
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Noel Chun
Board Certified, Pain Management
32 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Noel Chun
Board Certified, Pain Management
32 years in practice
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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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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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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?

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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Dr. Craig Carter
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
35 years in practice
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What is causing pain around my xiphoid process?

Dr. Craig Carter
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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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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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Leonard Weinstock
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I noticed pain a couple of days ago when i touched the xiphoid process it is actually quite painful. It hurts if I sit a certain way as well. Why?

Dr. Leonard Weinstock
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I noticed pain a couple of days ago when i touched  the xiphoid process it is actually quite painful. It hurts if I sit a certain way as well. Why?

Inflammation: Most likely inflammation of the cartilage. With the movement exacerbating the pain this would make internal disease less likely ...Read more

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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Laying down on side I've had horrible pain where the xiphoid process is. Excruciating. What makes this so painful?

Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. Ashu Syal
Board Certified, Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
25 years in practice
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Sharp pain below xiphoid process and ribs more pain if i bend forward?

Dr. Ashu Syal
Board Certified, Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
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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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Dr. Richard Pollard
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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Causes of rib pain from xiphoid process to the right side along ribs. Definitely rib pain the dr said?

Dr. Richard Pollard
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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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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Dr. Donald Colantino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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My xiphoid process hurts to touch and in waves I get pain in different parts of my abdomen ?

Dr. Donald Colantino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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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Dr. Rifat Naghmi
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
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