So I noticed I had a lump in the center of my chest right below my sternum. After research I think its my Xiphoid Process thats enlarged for some reason. It hurts after I touch it and the best way for me to feel it is to poke my chest out. Anybody else having this issue or have had this before?
It is very common for persons to become aware of the xiphoid process, and pressing on it makes it tender. So don't press on it - usually ignoring it leads to comfort and mental relief. If you continue to think that the xiphoid process is enlarged, then you will need to have a physician check it.
My xiphoid process was removed in 2004 and I still have a dull agonizing feeling there...especially after I eat and the abdomen naturally bloats until the food is more fully digested. It also aches after I drink carbonated pop. Also, if I exercise and the exercise puts pressure in that area, such as certain Yoga poses, push-ups etc etc. No mesh was implanted during the surgical procedure to remove the detached xiphoid process.
Hopefully with me losing weight and eating less @ each meal, less pressure will be exerted on that area. Also, hopefully Yoga will help re-strengthen the muscles/tendons/etc in that area and the pain will eventually go away...
I have the exact same thing! I have IBS and during one of the episodes where I was having extreme abdominal pain, I noticed that my xiphoid process seemed to be protruding. I asked my GI and he told me that my colon was putting pressure on it. Now, it feels like I have a "knot" growing on it, but it doesn't hurt that much...sometimes sore, but when I exercise, crunches, push ups, leg exercises the push up into my abdomen, it hurts worse. This is the craziest thing I have ever experienced!
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