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Xiphoid Process swollen (I think)

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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?
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replied May 8th, 2012
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.


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replied June 5th, 2012
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...
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replied June 25th, 2014
Swollen Xiphoid Process
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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