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October 12th, 2010
przemysławXiphoid Process
My name is PrzemysÅ?aw. I am from Poland. I found this site eventually, Xiphoid Process,its my big problem as well. But unfortunately there aren't any sensible conclusion so far.
My story is probably without any propositions but my Xiphoid Process hurt provide me many sad experiences.
This hurt was in Xiphoid Process especially by touching it and around. I tought all the time that is gastric problem so I was treated by gastrolog doctor.
He gave me one tablets for acid in stomach after that another tablets and another and another and...nothing.
Gastroscopy excluded any problem with a stomach. But this doctor told me to check ekg to see a heart.
And.. so It begun.. a nightmares
Later next examination usg of heart showed that aortic valve didnt work so related with that left ventrical of heart is bigger then it should be.
Sentence was cardiac surgery and new artificial aortic valve...
Now I am almost 4 months after an operation, of course I was opened, chestbox was cut and our favourite Xiphoid Process must have been cut as well. Situation with my heart is getting more and more better now but what is very strange my previous pain in Xiphoid Process left.
I don't know what is it and what cause this terrify pain. But I know one for sure this salvage my heart and my. Regardless it is connected with heart or not.
I will be looking for further causes of this pain.
best regards
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replied March 16th, 2011
just went to my doctor about this. after a long run over the weekend i felt the xiphoid process and had never noticed it before. for about three days the area was very sensitve and uncomfortable. i told my doc and he explained that many people don't even have a xiphoid process and mine is large for a small woman. he told me the are was irritated and the more i touch it the worse it would feel. i can take OTC meds to help. so, if you are having pain get it checked out but hopefully it isn't too serious.
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replied March 16th, 2011
Common cause of xiphoid process pain - digestive issues.
Number one reason xiphoid process hurts is inadequate production of digestive enzymes or stomach acid. If the pain is more on the right than left > enzymes are needed. If the left side only then try betaine. This is easy to treat. Take digestive enzymes or digestive enzymes with betaine with each meal. You may also have GB issues in which case a product by Biotics called BetaTCP taken with meals will generally resolve the issues.

Common symptoms associated with this would be gas and bloating, reflux, either loose stools or constipation.
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replied March 26th, 2011
Xiphoid process mistake
Has anyone had their xiphoid removed, only to have more pain afterward? My husband had his xiphoid removed several months after his second heart surgery, a double bypass. His surgeon said the steurnum had not grown back together correctly after his surgery. Thus causing a popping/clicking noice in his chest when he'd stretch, lay down, roll over in bed or sneeze. He had the surgery to totally remove his xiphoid process. It did not relieve the pain nor the popping. Now it pops so loud that it will make me up in the middle of the night. We have been back to the surgeon numerous times... He is not willing to go back in to repair whatever caused this problem. He said he has his reputation to consider. What nerve!!! Something is not right, this is causing him pain and the popping is maddening. It seems as if the steurnum did not grow back at all, and the split in the bone is rubbing against itself and catching on top of each other, causing it to pop off each other when he does anything that will move the bones. Can anyone tell me if there is something that can be done. Is another surgery possible to repair the steurnum? We can't find a surgeon that is willing to repair another surgeons mistake. Any ideas?
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replied April 25th, 2011
No one has written on here in a while... but I'm glad I came across this... here's my story...I'm 45, female, with a miriad of health problems. I'm over weight with diabetes and high blood pressure. I am a brain tumor survivor (very rare central neural cytoma-benign) and also have a lipoma on my back. I also have scoliosis. About 3 years ago I had a very bad cold and cough and was taking cold medicine.... then I started having pain in my chest, so I went to the ER. I was in the hospital for 3 days while they poked and probed me, but they could find nothing wrong with me, except for my cold and cough.... the doctors told me to lose weight.. (how profound) A cardiologist told me that my
Xiphoid process was swollen and was probably the culprit from all of the coughing etc... I was released. Well, ever since then, it has always hurt... especially after larger meals, when coughing, when I lay on my side sometimes, and I cannot drink carbonated drinks. About six months ago, I started to become uncomfortable when I wore my bra or tried to sit upright with out slouching. When I layed on my back and arched my bck upward, I felt a lump... I was concerned but tried to dismiss anything serious, but wondered if when I coughed or sneezed, if my chest was going to explode.
Finally I showed my doctor today and she ordered an immediate ultrasound. I am waiting on the results. she said that it appears to be confined to the skin and thinks it could be another lypoma.. the ultrasound tech tried to make me feel at ease, but with my past medical problems, that's next to impossible.. Now I'm waiting to find out what they think it is...has anyone ever had a lypoma surrounding the
Xiphoid process?
i have never felt pain in my arms that radiates from there, but it does affect my breathing (painful) and causes me to take shorter breaths. I have lost 20 pounds since all of this, but it has not helped with the
Xiphoid process. I hope my article helps someone, maybe to least let you know that you are not alone.... curious to hear from you fellow posters as to how you are doing today...
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replied May 18th, 2011
Zophante, are you a professional in the nutrition field or is the info you provided in a website we can access? It's very eye opening to think that these problems with xiphoid process can be cured through supplements rather than surgery. I'd like to know the information you've supplied is backed up somewhere. Thanks.
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replied June 24th, 2011
Xyphoid process pain
Suggest you investigate Bochdalek's hernia. It's a hernia of the diaphragm (caused by inadequate development in vitro) and can be associated with many of the symptoms I'm reading about here. Intestinal parts (e.g. portions of the colon) can protrude up into the chest cavity, aping acid reflux symptoms, causing severe pain in the Xyphoid process region, etc. Although present since birth, it can go undetected for most of one's life.
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replied July 5th, 2011
Xiphiod Process pain
I'm pretty sure I took a blunt trauma to the chest while playing football several months ago. Pain took weeks to arrive but now I have daily pain in a very localized area around the Xiphoid. After weeks of worrying about cancer, I had a chest x-ray which was negative. I'm sure there is trauma to the Xiphoid, just not sure if it will heal itself or if pain will persist and further corrective action will be necessary. Lets hope for slow but steady progress.
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replied July 15th, 2011
I too had my galbladder out following serious "attacks" after having my first baby 5 years ago. After surgery I continued to have the "attacks" and doctored several times...when one day I was so frustrated with what the doctors were suggesting (as they still thought the attacks were due to a gallstone escaping - uh, no!)..I happened to mention something to my chiropractor.
He laid me down on the table and felt my xyphoid (which I was not aware of before) and he did an adjustment and my body practically went limp. The pain I had been feeling for over a year went away with one simple adjustment!
I go back each month to have it checked and adjusted when necessary to avoid future attacks. I do still struggle inbetween and am worried there is something more to it...as it seems to be bothering more these days. So I plan on meeting with my doctor now.
I would love to hear what others have found out after their doctor appts!
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replied September 3rd, 2011
Treatment
This site may help and ease your mind.
It even talked about using some different non-evasive therapies as well.
http://www.chiroandosteo.com/content/15/1/ 13
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replied December 21st, 2011
You may have costos-chondritis. It's a condition that causes swelling and twisting of the sternum cartilages from over-stress due to exercise, hard hit or exertion to the ribs in the back or side. If xray, MRI, CT scans show nothing this could be the reason. I've had this condition since as a kid. Was pushed off a snow bank at 5yrs old and my lower chest/sternum/cartilages were pushed in causing huge amounts of pain. Now as an adult I have to see a chiropractor every 2-3 weeks to adjust the ribs in the back to reset the cartilage movement in the front. This eliminates the problem. The rib movement can cause the cartilage in the front attached to the sternum to "twist" thus causing a slight bump or swelling of the muscles to occur. Go see a chiropractor if all tests show nothing. That maybe your problem.
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replied April 12th, 2012
Xiphoid and upper spine pain
I am Wilfred, 28 years old from Philippines.. I have read all above and found my situation similar. I feel bloated (feels to burp all the time), mild back pain (opposite of the xiphoid)and feels heaviness in my chest (sternum area). I am so worried about my condition as may it get worst. I started to feel this since December 2011. The pain is less (tolerable) but I am worried since I feel tightness in breathing sometimes, specially when I lift or do heavy everyday jobs. Please advise me what can I do..
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replied May 19th, 2012
Xiphoid Process damage after pill induced chest pain?
I am so glad that I found this discussion. On March 24, I took a Clindamycin pill (antibiotic) and either did not drink enough water or sat on a too soft couch after taking the pill. I had severe chest pain for 5 hours.

My chest pain continues to this day, but not as severe. I was unable to lie down to sleep for 6 weeks, but now I can lie down. I have had EKG (normal) and chest Xray (normal) so far and am scheduled for an endoscopy. I am taking omneprozole and carafate for acid now until we see the results of the endoscopy. I also put myself on a low acid diet. I wear a lidocaine pain patch at night, wich helps with the pain. I have not taken any internal pain medications.

My doctor thinks that I pressed hard on my chest (in my sleep) when I had the "pill induced" chest pain and may have damaged my Xiphiod Process. She came to this conclusion when I told her that my pain is highly related to my body position and movement. My chest pain gets bad when I ride in a car over bumps and when I am stressed and my body is tense.

Has anyone else had any of these experiences? What was the treatment and outcomes? I prefer less medications (too many side effects) and more natural remedies.
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replied June 10th, 2012
xiphoid/xiphisternum area pain/attacks
i have been living with the xiphoid/xiphisternum area pain/attacks for 22years. The area is swollen and very painful to press which i avoid at all costs as this will bring on an "attack". Most of these posts that I have the same pain I identify with have had gallbladder problems and i too have had a cholecystectomy. After the operation and ending up back in hospital with sudden xiphisternum pain i too had scopes inserted endoscopy etc nothing (escaped stones) was found.
When the problem first started i would feel normal as soon as the attack released and could go from calling an ambulance and being unable to breathe in excruciating unbearable pain to literally get back on my horse and carry on.
i now have injections 6monthly, but my last injection was a fortnight ago and i had an attack 3 days ago?? The driving position and bumps make it worse and i find attacks will be brought on in the car, or any pressure to the area. my pain is highly related to my body position and movement.
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replied June 22nd, 2012
My Xiphoid Story
Okay, here's my story. I promised I would come back and write this up because this is where I diagnosed the problem I was having and I owe it to everyone who may be suffering from the same thing.

The first time I remember becoming aware that something was wrong was about 2002. My wife and I were on a driving vacation and she was asleep in the back seat as I drove across Arizona. I became aware that I was sub-consciously lightly rubbing and pressing down on my xiphoid process (xp). It wasn't a pain really; I was just aware of "something", like heaviness. In 2005 I told my internist about the pain and he asked when it had started and I said 3 or 5 years ago. He told me right then, "Well one thing about it, something you've had for 5 years probably isn't going to kill you." He advised getting scoped but it wasn't that bad of a pain so I ignored it.

By 2007, we'd moved to Dallas and the pain started getting worse. I was starting to actively try to figure out what was wrong and I found a co-worker who said he had the exact same symptoms as me. (I had a pain that seemed to radiate from or underneath the xp. It would make my ribs hurt as well as my lower back. Most of the time however it was just a dull, continual pain that could be rather intense and it interrupted my ability to think. I'm a software engineer and sit most days at my desk working on conceptual and physical designs of software. Later the pain would be so bad that I started missing work. I missed 7 straight days last March and ended up going to the E.R. because I could not escape the pain and talked myself into thinking it could be a heart attack. At its worst, my hands would shake so bad that I couldn't type.) My friend told me he a procedure called a "Nissen Fundoplication" to repair a hiatal hernia and it apparently "Fixed" him. I called that doc and had him look at me. He had me do a barium swallow and an endoscopy and told me I indeed had a hiatal hernia which needed surgery to fix so I let him do it. The "Nissen Fundoplication", did absolutely nothing to alleviate that pain. I knew it didn't work before I even got out of the hospital.

So, my new internist in Dallas said that she would get to the bottom of it all and sent me to another G.I. doc who scoped me again (top and bottom) and announced I had Crohn's disease. Now I'm taking meds to treat the Crohns. Again it did nothing to alleviate the pain. (btw. The only thing that I found (other than hospital morphine) that helped my xp pain was the drug, Lryica. My doc's at least gave me a script of Lyrica to help knock the pain back a bit.) All this time I described the pain the same way. "It feels like it's my xp." No doc had yet to even try to manipulate my xp in examination. That's when I found this site I'm posting to now. It could have been another site because I think I found 2 or 3 different xp pain sites on the net and I intend to post this on every one I find.

I read on here about a procedure to remove your xp. They said to find a thoracic surgeon and they might be able to remove it. So that's what I did. I called up a certain thoracic surgeon in Ft. Worth and made an appointment. He walked in the room and I told him my story. He had me lay back on the table and while he pressed down on my xp he had me do a sit-up. It shot severe pain throughout my whole body and I almost cried but I could have kissed him. He was the first doc that had even demonstrated the source of the pain. He said that it felt like it was damaged. I had an MRI after that and on May29, 2012, I had my xp removed. It took him less than 15 minutes and later he told me it was obviously damaged and pretty much just fell apart when he removed it. Anyway, that absolutely fixed my problem. Today is June 22 and I feel better than I've felt in years and years. All of my pain is finally gone. From 1st symptom to diagnosis to remedy it took me 10 years. That's my story. I'll be happy to reply to anyone interested. Write me there first then I'll give you my private email address.

Good luck all
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replied June 26th, 2012
xiphoid pain
your story sounds alot like what i have been going thru for the last 8 years. none of the doctors want to listen to you when you tell them your xiphoid hurts. none have ever so much as touched or felt the area. they just say it is a hard condition to treat and i will just have to learn to live with it. i have been treated for every thing from heartburn, gerd have had every possible test run, they all come back normal. the pain continues to get worse by the day. i can't get a good nite sleep because of the pain and don't know what to do! any advice will be great. thanks for reinforcing the fact that all the people with this type of pain are real> sometimes the doctors treat us as hypochondriacs. have a good evening!!
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replied July 6th, 2012
Could you tell me the name of the doctor you found? I have this same problem and I have gone to several drs. They all seem to dismiss this as nothing.
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replied August 9th, 2012
My doc was A.H. Yurvati in Ft Worth.
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replied June 27th, 2012
I went to the ER back in Feb/Mar with severe pain. After giving me a GI cocktail and a shot of Morphine then drifting in and out of sleep for an hour, the doc asked me what my pain level was and I said it was pretty much gone (or diminished as much as possible). The doc looked at me and said, “It was just bad heartburn. Notice how it went away with the GI cocktail?” I said yeah you gave me morphine too though. There’s nothing fake about the xp pain.
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replied June 27th, 2012
I went to the ER back in Feb/Mar with severe pain. After giving me a GI cocktail and a shot of Morphine then drifting in and out of sleep for an hour, the doc asked me what my pain level was and I said it was pretty much gone (or diminished as much as possible). The doc looked at me and said, “It was just bad heartburn. Notice how it went away with the GI cocktail?” I said yeah you gave me morphine too though. There’s nothing fake about the xp pain.
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replied June 27th, 2012
I went to the ER back in Feb/Mar with severe pain. After giving me a GI cocktail and a shot of Morphine then drifting in and out of sleep for an hour, the doc asked me what my pain level was and I said it was pretty much gone (or diminished as much as possible). The doc looked at me and said, “It was just bad heartburn. Notice how it went away with the GI cocktail?” I said yeah you gave me morphine too though. There’s nothing fake about the xp pain.
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replied July 4th, 2012
I didnt even know what a xyphoid was until i Googled it, then i started rubbing & poking it now it hurts & i cant stop thinking about it! its driving me nuts
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