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Broken Xiphoid Process

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How can you damage your xiphoid process without ‘falling on it’? What are the risks involved in breaking the xiphoid?

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    9 10

    I got the same thing goin on n was hoping u have some advice for me 🙂 Thanks Kevin

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    9 10

    yeaa I broke mine too years ago by falling into an armrest right on my little bone xiphoid so I knew it was broken didn’t get any help for years then I told my doc he ordered exrays the doc said its still there he saw it but I do recal before I used to be able to feel it with my hands before after the accident I can’t feel it there anymore but I can’t really touch there or it hurts so idk my dr never said anything more about it I’m actually thinking about just going to the er and telling them it just happend to see if they can do surgery on it or something

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    9 10

    I had a trunk latch drop on my back I got wedged between the two prongs I can’t breath and it feels twisted I get sick eating and my right shoulder feels pulled forward it is bulging out of back and it hurts to lay flat on floor

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    9 10

    I just returned from an appointment with a thoracic surgeon in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He said he was willing to remove my xiphoid but suggested I try nerve blocks first. I have had numerous injections such as steroids and lidocaine but they made the pain worse. would you recommend surgery.? Did it help you at all? I would really appreciate an answer! Sincerely, Irena

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    9 10

    I had gall bladder surgery in August. After that I started having pain below the sternum which my dr. diagnosed as Xiphoid Syndrome. It’s so uncomfortable. I can’t find much info on it. What causes it? Is there any treatment? I’m thinking during the surgery the xiphoid bone was damaged or broken. Thanks for any info offered.

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    9 10

    Hi Tom. Could you please tell me how your healing? Someome hit me very hard there, and I have been in excruciating pain for 5 years. Thanks. =(

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    9 10

    Dorothy! Where did you have your surgery, if you don’t mind me asking? Please!!!! I am in soooo much pain and the doctors in Ont. say that surgery is too risky and may cause more pain. but, I can’t posssibly be in more pain. I’m on morphine and dilaud and my pain is still like 8 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst. HELP!!!!

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    9 10

    I had a similar experience when receiving injections of bupivacaine (a long acting anesthetic). Turns out, after a few months of having increased pain after injections, that one of the docs found a study where people were intolerant to bupivacaine. Instead of having the injection area go numb post injection (which is what it is suppose to do) the pain gets worse. Once we figured this out, they tried injecting me with straight lidocaine, which did succeed in making the area numb, and thus confirming the idea that it was the bupivacaine that was the problem, not the injections. The downside is that lidocaine only lasts a short time so its not a real solution. But I would try everything you can before surgery (acupuncture, pain killers, hypnosis, reiki, etc.) I ended up needing surgery and let me tell you, its not easy. The surgery itself isn’t that major, but the recovery is long and hard! Its been 9 months and I am still not fully recovered!

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    9 10

    I am 40 years old and was diagnoised with a protruding xiphoid process. It is not painful, but prevents me from sleeping. It is a discomfort. I took Ibuprofen for 10 days which seemed to help for a couple of months then returns. Any advise or comments.Mike

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    9 10

    … It is prodruding is this serious…there is no pain yet

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    9 10

    I noticed a bony structure at the middle of my ribs at the tip of the sternum. It is not painful but it has become bigger and noticeable. Is this serious or treatment?

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    9 10

    Are you kidding?? I’ve had every injection there is available to my doctors but they make the pain worse. Spent the last 5 days going to the emerg. for pain injections. Anyone know of anyone willing to even talk about surgery???? HELP!!!!!!

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    9 10

    Hello I think you can use depomedrol injectin intraXiphoid,Thise my advice..

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    9 10

    Just recently I was diagnosed with an inflmaed xiphoid process. I’ve had the symptoms since before Thanksgiving.
    My Dr. has put me on prescription strength aleve for 30 days. He said if that doesn’t work the next step would be a steroid shot to the spot. Check that out with your doctor.

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    9 10

    I had surgery last august to shave the lump on my xiphoid . It was fairly minor surgery, lasted only 15 min. The surgeon had to cut into some muscle though. The problem that made me have surgery was that whenever I would bend over I experiene tigtness and pain in the sturnum. Now, aftr surgery the same symptons have returned. If you had any info I would like to here from you. I am 52 also.

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    9 10

    I have noticed lately that my xiphoid process is somewhat protruding. I don’t feel any pain when pressed but I am worried if this dangerous. Please give an advice. Thank you.

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    9 10

    Does anyone have any information about a thoracic surgeon willing to take on a patient suffering for 6 years with extreme xiphoid pain in Ontario, Canada? Any information wiould be appreciated!

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      9 10

      Dr Yurvati – University of North Texas Medical Centre

      I’ve been in touch with him but haven’t scheduled surgery … yet. Looking for solutions in Canada first. Pretty horrible condition … almost a year now.

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    9 10

    Who has had there xiphoid process removed surgically? Has it helped the area? Have you noticed any positive/negative symptoms since the removal?

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    9 10

    I hear where you are coming from!! I just had my xiphoid process removed surgically after a year and a half of pain with no solution. The pain was bad enough that I couldn’t lift my arms up in front of my, couldn’t carry any weight, couldn’t paint (I’m an artist), and couldn’t even wash my own dishes. I was also nauseous all the time. I never had any blunt trauma or anything to the area and my pain first presented like an ulcer, since the xiphoid is a major nerve center, so it took us 6 months to finally diagnose me. (We think I may have wrenched the area while crying heavily and excessively after a personal trauma.) In the process I had every scan (MRI, CT, Xray) and test in the book to rule out different diseases, disorders, and trauma to the bone or cartilage. Everything came up normal. Eventually we just had to settle on inflammation of the cartilage. I tried steroid injections along with bupivicaine (sp?), but it turns out I had an intolerance to them and ended up getting muscle toxicity from it (i.e. the pain got worse instead of better). Lidocaine injections straight to the area helped make things numb for a couple of hours, but don’t produce long term results. I tried everything The final straw came just before New Years when after a few small minutes of shivering while on a vacation with my family, my entire torso went into spasm and I was unable to get out of bed for a week. We had to upgrade my plane ticket so I could fly back business class since I couldn’t sit upright without major pain.So, after talking with my doctors, the decision was made to remove it. I am only 2 weeks post-op right now, so I am still in pain from the surgery and still on a high dose of pain killers, so we don’t know for sure if the surgery was a success, but for now, it seems like all the pain I am having is just from the surgery. The good part, though, is that I am up and about already. Doing things slowly and taking it easy, but definitely nicely on the road to recovery.If you’ve been suffering for so long, I would suggest having it removed. And in the mean time, get a really good pain doctor who can put you on prescription pain killers and help manage your pain.

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      9 10

      Hi Dorothy,

      Would love an update. Did the surgery work? Did you have it done in Canada? I’m hurting. Just turned 50 and I used to be active but this is terrible.

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    9 10

    The Xiphoid Process remains mostly cartilage until 25 – 40 years of age and then begins to ossify and become firmer. It may or may not fuse with the sternum, usually people age 45 and older will notice there xiphoid protruding as a result of the xiphoid fusing with the sternum. The xiphoid has some flexibility. An X-Ray from the side of the rib cage will usually reveal this. Its nothing to worry about, if the xiphoid does happen to break, it will re-attach itself. If you were to go through Med. school and learn about this, you would know that if it was broken there is nothing that can be done because it causes no harm when broken. Only during CPR could it be dangerous as the chest compressions would force the xiphoid to puncture internal organs, and to do so would take alot of force. If you are that worried, have it removed, but you are wasting your money and time, of course a surgeon will remove it, easy money and a simple surgery.

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    9 10

    I was diagnosed with an inflammed xiphoid about a year ago (after almost a year of pain that had worsened over time. I couldn’t lie on my side with out excrutiating pain.) I was given a round of steroids and have not had pain since. My doctor made it seem like it was a simple fix and the steroids took care of it immediately.

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    9 10

    I have xiphoid pain for almost six years. I’ve had numerous tests such as an MRI, Cat scans, cameras down my throat, exploratory surgery where the surgeon opened up my chest from sternum to just below my navel, he removed my gallbladder, appendix and multiple adhesions. The pain was still there after I recovered from this major surgery. The only relief I get is after taking hardcore drugs like dilaudid and morphine. I’ve spent the last 3 days going back and forth to the E.R.for dilaudid injections. I will be seeing an anesthitis next week in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario- a5 hour drive from my home. Hopefully he can administer some kind of nerve block to to the xiphoid area. I that doesn’t work my Doc. will be looking for a surgeon willing to take it out. The last 5 years have been pure hell and I have no quality of life. I was very active, going to the gym everyday, walking an hour every day and just generally enjoying life with my husband, 2 daughters and 5 grand children. After the pain started all I have been able to do is is just exist.

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      9 10

      Thanks Dorothy!! I have been going crazy with pain and no one knows what to do. Can you tell me where and who did your surgery or if your doctor knows if anyone in Ontario canada will perform it. My doctors are just baffled!

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    9 10

    Wow! I am reading my own exact symptoms here from you guys! A month ago my xiphoid started to feel really weird. Within a day or so, it was fairly swollen. It’s pretty tender, too. I got it checked out over 2 or 3 visits to the Doc I was just told it is probably just some tissue inflammation. Well, it’s still there and I swear I can feel the point of my xiphoid sticking out where I have never in my life felt it before.-Jordan

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    9 10

    HI Tom, I am soo glad I found your article here. I am having the exact same thing I don’t remember when I had the trauma but I’ve been to doctors just got back from a GI and I’m about to get check for a hernia but I really think its my xiphoid all the symptoms you wrote are identicle to mine. I was wondering if you got any better or found anything else out. My chiropractor said thats what it was like 3 months ago but I wasn’t sure … I’m starting to think he was right… Please let me know how your doing …

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    9 10

    When I lay flat on my back & push my back flat on the floor, a bulge/bubble 2-3″ in length & aprox.1-1 1/2″ high pushhes up, this is at the base of my rib cage/ sternum. Is this muscle from my years of very heavy lifting?
    I am 72 yrs. of age in good cond.,6′ 208lbs. bp 120/70,chol. near 110. Male
    Thank you, Ray Kerkstra
    should I have my GP look at it?

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    9 10

    My Xiphoid Process has been enlarge for about a month now and I was wondering if this can become serious and is there anyway of treating it. I lost both parents this year and had been doing a lot of crying sometimes so bad I was heathing could this had cause the swelling. Please let me know. I had an X-Ray perform came back negative. My doctor wants to do a C-Scan but I don’t care to much for that.

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    9 10

    I would go to a doctor just to make sure it’s not dangerous, but I wouldn’t worry too much about the visual side of it, people have all sorts of interesting shapes around that area.

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    9 10

    I am experiencing extreme pain in the xiphoid area and would like to communicate with someone who has gotten relief from pain or had the xiphoid process removed. Please email me

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    9 10

    You need to go to a Thoracic Surgeon if this continues or gets worse. Ask the surgeon to completely remove the xiphoid process for you. All your pain will go away if you do after recovery. You can also get calcium deposits over xiphoid process area also sometimes. If its there have them remove this with the xiphoid process. I should know mine is not broken but its so painful and hurts me so bad a thoracic surgeon is cutting out my xiphoid process and part or all of my sternum. This is no joke or game having pain in your xiphoid process area. The pain could very easy drop and human to his knees in seconds if it gets too bad. I’m a huge ex pro bodybuilder and powerlifter and this pain is 100 times worse than the pain I experience in my knees after leg pressing 1,000 lbs for 2 hours strait. I had no idea a xiphoid process problem could send me to the hospital and drop me to my knees. So my answer is yes its so painful take care of it immediately! I’m currently on Duladid 2mg I’m taking them 3 times daily until surgery in 2 weeks. Sometimes these pills barely help with the pain and these are hardcore pills. It feels like you’re being tortured in this area it hurts so bad. Typically a ER MD (emergency room dr)will treat u like a whimp complaining in the emergency room about this. You will see it means nothing to them if you complain about the xiphoid process in the emergency room. The Dr will treat this as unimportant to them and not even an emergency and very minor to them. But the minute you walk into the Thoracic Surgeon office the surgeon will treat you like GOLD because they know first hand how serious and painful this is. If anybody reading this goes to the Emergency Room and they say you’ll be just fine no big deal ask for a “referral” to a thoracic surgeon before you leave to go home. Let a PRO decide whether this is a problem and what needs to be done. I once had a garage colapse on top of me a 500 lb chunk of the roof fell on me and busted my head open and made me very dizzy for about 1 hour. I ended up with 27 stitches. THAT DIDNT EVEN HURT as bad as the xiphoid process pain I’m getting. So any DR out there reading this remember my next statements. The next time you think this isn’t painful come on down to YMCA in Seattle WA and let’s leg press 1,000 lbs for 2 or 3 hours. Then if you can do that we will see eye to eye what pain is ok!!! P.S. DR’s if that isn’t enough well also curl 300 lbs for 1 hour and do 1,000 lb hack squats for 1 hour ok!!!!!! Heck I’m ready to call Lou Ferrigno and ask his opinion on xiphoid process pain.

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    9 10

    My Xiphoid process is englarged, You can clearly see it from my t-shirt. I am slightly worried about this, and some one pointed it out to me recently. To my dismay I think its growing larger. When I stand side ways I can clearly see it in my shadow what should I do?

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    9 10

    i don’t have a rib cage so does that mean I don’t have a xiphoid?

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    9 10

    I was punched in the xiphoid process area when I was a kid at about 14 years old. I am now 48. Ever since receiving that blow, my xiphoid area has been painfull and I do not like pressure there. Almost immediately after receiving the blow I used to once in a while pass out. The symptoms were pain starting in the area of the xiphoid process and then I got nauseated and passed out. This gradually went away over the years. I had been to several doctors who could find nothing. I still have light symptoms but I do not pass out any longer but the xiphoid process area is still tender. I have been tired almost every day since I received the blow, but still no doctor can find anything wrong other than the xipohoid process is broken. Thank you

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    9 10

    I just found my Savannah cat to have a “protruding xiphoid process OR protruding processus xiphoideus bone” Is there anything that can truely be done to fix this? Can it be removed by a vet? I was told nothing can be done for it. She like to lay on her tummy stratling my couch arm and now she only lays on her side since this sticks out of her lower chest. Thank you, sherri

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    9 10

    I too have been experiencing a lot of pain lately around the area of my Xiphoid Process. Mine pain seems to be in direct correlation to when I go surfing (huge issue for me if I cannot surf any longer). I am 42 years old and the xiphoid process seems to be getting more pronounced as I get older. Probably due to the irritation from laying on my surfboard for 1-2 hours. Paddling, moving around on the board, etc. Recently I have been doing some weight training and the pain has gotten significantly worse. I think this too is from putting pressure on the area during certain exercises. My question is can you get the xiphoid process removed safely? I also have a congenital hiatal hernia, and have always attributed the pain in the area to that condition, but now I am starting to think they are related. It’s very helpful to see all of your posts. It has helped me to understand this condition much better. Does anybody have any good websites with further info? Thanks, Ed

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    9 10

    hi, I have the same problem, only I can feel a lump by putting my fingers under the Xiphoid Process, I remember doing damage to this area, but the pain came on gradually, I can’t bent over to pick things up without pain, I also have heartburn and indegestion, I think the swollen xiphiod process is putting pressure on my esophagus causing heartburn and some of the pain. I had been doing weights and I was playing a game at chrismas which involved bending over to pick a box up of the floor with your teeth, and not touching the floor, this put a lot off pressure on this area and I’ve been suffering since.

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    9 10

    I am now 52 years old, and suddenly my xiphoid process is protruding quite a bit…is there any explanation as to what may have caused this?Is there any way to get it to stay down again?With many thanks in advance for your attention to this note, joe walsh

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    9 10

    I came across this blog after a google search for the Xiphoid Process. I have been experiencing discomfort in my lower chest / upper abdomen for about one full year. It was caused by my 2-year old son jumping on my back while I was lying on the floor (face down). After a dozen or so doctor visits with three different doctors, an X-ray, an upper GI (with a Barium drip), two MRI’s, and various other exams, I was finally diagnosed with an inflamed xiphoid from the trauma (impact of me hitting the floor when my son jumped on my back). I was told that that area is full of nerve endings, which is what’s causing the discomfort. Plus, healing is difficult and lengthy because that region cannot be isolated – it is involved with everything from breathing to coughing. The discomfort ranges from mild tenderness to mild pain and is directly related to how much activity I do. It typically bothers me more when I am sitting (hunched over) for long periods of time. I’ve tried everything from anti-inflammatory medications to accu-puncture and I just can’t seem to shake this bizarre ailment. I keep getting told that it will heal in time but it’s been a year! I’m currently looking for yet another doctor (in the NYC area) that might have some experience with this type of injury and who could provide more insight as to how it can be treated. Any suggestions from anyone would be appreciated.

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    9 10

    Anyone suffering from pain in the Xiphoid process area should seriously consider visiting a chiropractor. Often, we see patients in the clinic with a rib head out of place which can cause referring pain. This problem can be easily corrected with a gentle adjustment.

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    9 10

    I am 54 years old and have some discomfort with my Xiphoid lately. I have slight pain when I poke my finger on it and I feel pain once in a while just recently. It does not stop me from doing everyday things but I have to say it worries me a bit. I would be interested to hear your comments.

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    9 10

    Good morning. I have come across this site by accident whilst researching about the Xiphoid and it looks like I can ask a question. I am 57 years old and have some discomfort with my Xiphoid. Over the years I have asked my GP about this and he says it it nothing to worry about it just happens, perhaps loose some weight, although I am not over weight. I have slight pain when I poke my finger on it but if I get tense the pain gets worse. It does not stop me from doing everyday things but I have to say it worries me a bit. I feel if I mention it to my GP anymore he thinkd I’m wasting his time. I would be interested to hear your comments. Thanking you, J W Smith

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    9 10

    What symptoms did you have? Are they gone since your xiphoid process was removed? My boyfriend broke his surfing, and doctors don’t seem to take him seriously when he explains his symptoms and asks for help. He was told nothing could be done for it.

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    9 10

    After a massive heart attack and obvious successfull CPR. I am left with a pain at the bottom of my sternum (Xiphoid Process) Could the ressusitaion have caused damage to this? If so what can be doone?

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    9 10

    The xiphoid is a protrusion of bone at the lower end of the sternum. Like any other bone, it can be injured. Because it is only attached at the upper end, it is very hard to fracture. It is not uncommon for the xiphoid and surrounding area to become inflamed. This can range from acute to chronic. This can cause pain ranging from mild to extreme. This can be worsened by deep breathing, COPD, movement, or underlying abnormalities such as hernias. Common treatments include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, heat packs, steroids, and removal of the process if other treatments fail. Of course this is just general information. You should consult your physician for a proper medical diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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    9 10

    Went to my doctor with the same problem. I’m a 22 year old male, so the circumstances are a little different. However, I’ve read that the xiphoid process will fuse with another part of your skeletal structure sometime between the ages of 15 and 29. Been having the odd feelings in the same location for about two months now. My doctor also told me that there’s nothing that can be done about it. Eventually, I suppose the fusing will be done and maybe we wont feel the weird thing any more.

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    9 10

    I have this pain and lump between my ribs at the base of the separation and I went to a surgeon and he told me it was xiphoid process. He said there was nothing I can do about it, however I am in so much pain, especially when I have to wear a bra, which is all the time! Is it true that I just have to deal with it,or do you think I should get a second opinion?

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    9 10

    It turns out it wasn’t really dislocated, but in folded up like a tongue in a sneaker, the dr’s never saw the ziphoid likt this and they did remove it.

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    9 10

    my daughter has a dislocated ziphoid, very painful. One doctor has seen it once and one never but can understant how painful it can be. THey sadi it is rubbing inbetween her ribs with any movement that is side to side. She is having it removed at a prominent childrens hospital

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    9 10

    I see all these questions about xiphoid process, but no responses/answers (where are the responses?). Mine is elevated somewhat and is sensitive, pressure on it is uncomfortable. There is swelling along the right edge of the rib.My doctor has ordered xrays & ultrasound, trying to rule out hiatal hernia…but in either case, he does not indicate that there is much that can be done about it….!

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    9 10

    What dangers of having a broken xiphoid? I know someone thats xiphoid moves against something when he takes a deep breath. He said that it is painful and strange. I have felt this strange bone!! He is 18 and it has been like that for a long time. What could it be rubbiing on? I have found a lot of sites on the xiphoid but nothing like this. I know that when you are a baby it is normal for it to stick out and or be felt. I suppose that it would then be normal for it to do the same as you get older.

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    9 10

    Two things. When I was in high school I was told by my doctor, when I had mono, that I had to be careful because my Sternum was swollen and could easily break, causing internal bleeding.
    Now my husband’s Xiphoid process broke this Sunday (actually the doctor said it broke but it is still hinged to his sternum like a door is hinged to the frame) from a freak accident. However the doctor did not seem to feel this was a big issue. She wants to see him again in 6 weeks to see how it is doing. I guess she expects it to heal itself just like any broken bone.

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    9 10

    Feels like I broke mine. Came down on a shoulder and it caught. It hinges in the middle outward. Very painful when I push out with chest. Is this something Doctors can fix? Should I be worried about and other damage?
    Thanks

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    9 10

    I Had Open Heart Surg The Dr Did Ct Test And Said My Xiphoid Tip, Had A Well Cicrumscibed Hypodensity Is Present In The Soft Tissues Inferior What Does This Mean?

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    9 10

    I find it very difficult to breathe because of the xiphoid process problem. Is there any way out of it if you don’t have it operated on?

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    9 10

    I hurt my Xiphoid Process doing an ab lounge incorrectly. It hurts! I hope it heals soon.

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    9 10

    Ever since age 14-ish, I have been able to move the xiphoid in and out as if on a hinge…a great party trick when accompanied with the ability to to voluntarily/painlessly dislocate my shoulders.Later on in years I didn’t do these weird things, and now at 47 the xiphoid is very painful at times and seems to have shortened in length, with a slight outward curl to it

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    9 10

    I’ve recently lost about 40 lbs and the xiphoidprocess has become more noticable and projects out – never noticed it before. Not totally sure that increased visibility is only due to weight loss (maybe it really is increasing in size).No pain, other symptoms or previous injury.Saw one post by an MD on another group that he had noticed the same thing with his own xiphoid -he of course knew that the ‘lump’ was the xiphoid but wasn’t totally sure whether it was increasing in size due to a natural aging process(ossification, I guess), or if the increase wasjust apparent and not real, or if there was something more serious going on. He decided the best course was to have it checked out. Did not post a follow up. I guess it’s worth mentioning at my next physical.

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    9 10

    I think I have damaged mine during weight-training. I was doing weighted dips (pushing myself myself up vertically from parallel bars, and I felt my chest crack). Since then I feel minor pain when I breath out very far, or sneeze. I did not get looked at for several months afterwards and I am not sure it will properly repair (Kris, if I were you, get it fixed ASAP by a doctor, but make up another reason for why it got damaged). I have currently started taking glucosamine sulphate and condratine to help speed up any ligament repair process, but I would be interested to hear if and how surgery has helped (or not). Thanks.

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    9 10

    You lot are all total hypochondriacs!!! You better cheer up soon or when you reach puberty you’ll start worrying about hair in strange places.

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    9 10

    i broke mine when I was jerking off inverted

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    9 10

    hey,i think I broke my xiphoid process, but i’m only 15 so I think it should still be cartilage, infact I don’t think I broke it, maybe just bent it, you see, one of my friends (not really) continually punched me in the thoracic area as hard as he could, I don’t really expect someone’s punches to fracture the sternum tho….anyway, let me tell u the current worries, first, before -this was all last week, my entire thoracic cavity was sore, even the thoracic vertebrae, it especially hurt when flexing or extending my shoulders towards or away from my chest, or when I tried lifting things, now it still hurts some to laugh or cough and sneeze. and as I press with my two fingers against my lower chest, I feel more pressure than I should. I don’t want to go through with surgery or a doctor’s visit period, my mom will flip and most likely get mad cuz I was being stupid letting some kid hit me just cuz I thought I could take the hits. plz e-mail me back,

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    9 10

    i had a repair of abroken xiphoid process three years ago up to date I really do not know what had broken itat times I feel like my epigastrium is empty I nee your help to overcome this I feel disturbed

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    9 10

    Mine was broken a few years ago during a gut punching ‘endurance’ contest with a partner. It hurt a lot for a month or so but wasn’t debilitating. The biggest danger I have heard is that if the incident or accident is violent enough, the xiphoid bone can be pushed in far enough to puncture the abdoninal aorta. Yes this would be fatal very quickly. I was told this by a martial-arts practicioner.

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    9 10

    I HAVE A BROKEN ZIPHOID PROCESS I WANT TO HAVE IT REMOVED CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THS PROCEDURE AND ITS RISK THANKS

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    I know someone thats xiphoid moves against something when he takes a deep breath. He said that it is painful and strange. I have felt this strange bone!! He is 18 and it has been like that for a long time. What could it be rubbiing on? I have found a lot of sites on the xiphoid but nothing like this. I know that when you are a baby it is normal for it to stick out and or be felt. I suppose that it would then be normal for it to do the same as you get older.

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    9 10

    Has anyone ever had this removed, did it remove the symptoms?

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    9 10

    I have somehow broken my xiphoid process sometime in the past and it sticks straight out. It is very painful at times and the doctor told me that the only possible rectification of this is to have it removed. She told me that this is usually almost always a painless procedure and that, atleast here in the states, is an out patient procedure. I haven’t had it removed yet but plan on having the procedure done soon.

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    9 10

    my bottom of my partners sternum sticks out he is a large man and has just lost 2stone and hence it has only just become noticeable is this normal?

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    9 10

    A sensoreding chiropractor cannot answer these questions.

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    9 10

    I have an enlarged ziphoid process and it hurts (feels like a warm pain at night when laying down). I have had an MRI and chest xray with ” no abnormalities”. It protrudes and is visably enlarged. Is this dangerous and should I pursue an answer to this more. I did have a “fender bender” accident about 3 months ago and the seat belt would have been in this area.

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    9 10

    WEll Mine is broken and I am not dead yet. So I don’t think that is true.

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    Ive beeen surfing all my life and, my xiphoid process is has been curling outward and sticks out quite a bit. It seems to be getting worse as I get older. I am 41 now and I’m worndeering if there’s any ways to prvent it and stop it from protruding.

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    I think mine is bent to one side, possibly the result of an childhood accident I had when a friend fell on top of my head. But now I think it has started to ossify and is a little pronounced.Is that possible?

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    The lower pat of my sturnum I assume is the xiphoid process? turns up and protuded what does this mean can it be rectified?steve

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    I fell and hit on by side causing a hemitoma on my xiphoid process which at times is very painful. any solutions? asperate??

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    Is it true that if the Xiphoid is broken, it will pierce the heart and kill the victim immediately? My teacher said that and I wanted to know if it was true.Haley

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    Looking for advice … I have xyphoidynia (xiphoid process pain). It is quite debilitating. Symptoms include: trouble breathing, pain, bloating. It’s horrible.

    Took months to diagnose and I’ve tried anti-inflammatories and one injection … no luck. Now on stronger pain killers but this isn’t a great solution. Considering removal? Anyone have experience with this? I’m Canadian .. I’ve contacted US doctor who specializes but $$$.

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    I have been having this pain since i woke up and it is below my sternum and i believe that is is my Xiphoid Process. What should i do? can someone please tell me because i am freaking out.

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    Dorothy! Can you send me an e-mail-my address is [email protected]****. I really need to know where you had your surgery, etc. PLEASE

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