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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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replied July 21st, 2012
Xyphoid pain
Thank google for finding this thread!, I too have xyphoid pain, I mentioned it to my doc a few years ago, and he said sometimes when you lose alot of weight (I lost 100lbs once) your xyphoid bends like a banana, but lately it seems more swollen then usual, and it hurts right through to my spine as well, and when I eat a big meal I get pressure, like my stomach is pushed up against it. Thank you all for describing your symptoms! I feel less stressed, I'm making a doctors appointment Monday.
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replied August 14th, 2012
Hi everybody,

I also have this swollen xiphoid. I didn't worry much about it because it only bothers me if I press on it or lie on my stomach. I've been seeing a chiropractor and also have an odd curvature of the spine, as someone else noted on here. I have had issues with my gut my entire life, rotten gas, horrible smelling bowel movements etc, that I'd just accepted as nobody seems to think it's an issue (except my husband!), and I get tired to the point that I'm having full night's sleep plus three hour naps throughout the day.

Then it was suggested that I have a yeast overgrowth in my intestinal flora. I'm following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which has helped tremendously. Now it has been suggested that I probably have an H-pylori infection. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/h-pylori/ DS00958/DSECTION=symptoms and that I should see a gastroenterologist.

It all seems to be interrelated in there, maybe there is an infection that is radiating to the other areas. I certainly think it's odd that I woke up one day and discovered the swollen xyphoid without having injured it. I chalked it up to being over weight, something I couldn't get a handle on until going on the SCDiet.

One other thing I forgot to mention is that I also get intermittent pain in some of my ribs.

I get the feeling my doctor also looks at me like I'm crazy. But it's my body and my life, and you just have to take the bull by the horns and keep looking for answers. If your doctor won't take you seriously, ask for a second opinion, or to see a specialist like a gastroenterologist. If they don't know what a xygomatic process is, see someone else! And I'd also recommend taking a print out of this forum so the doctors can see you're not alone with this, there are lots of others who have the same issue.

Hope we all find peace and get this resolved.
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replied October 13th, 2012
I had mine x-rayed and it is curving towards heart, so it has to be monitored. The Dr. told me that as we age, growths typically occur on clavicle in elderly, but sometimes it affects the xiphoid process. I'm only 53 lol.
I did have h-pylori, gallbladder removed and lost weight, but doubt it is due to those issues. I suspect it's due to the sedintary life I've had since fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
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replied August 16th, 2012
Reread my post and found it to be a bit muddled. What I was wondering was if the people who have the swollen xyphoid process also have bowel issues.
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replied October 13th, 2012
To KDYoung: My husband has been suffering with xyphoid process pain (lev.10) for almost 9 years. Luckily we live in FTW and after reading your post re your surgery, my husband made appt. with your Dr. He also examined him in the manner you described. Have appt. to hear results of CTscan he ordered. We are interested in knowing how you feel to date. Do you feel your surgery was successful?
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replied October 13th, 2012
Xyphoid pain
To KDYoung: My husband has been suffering with xyphoid process pain (lev.10) for almost 9 years. Luckily we live in FTW and after reading your post re your surgery, my husband made appt. with your Dr. He also examined him in the manner you described. Have appt. to hear results of CTscan he ordered. We are interested in knowing how you feel to date. Do you feel your surgery was successful?
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replied October 17th, 2012
Xyfoid pain
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P.S. to Xyfoid pain: This will make about the 14th dr. we see regarding this pain. Have had different diagnoses incl. gall bladder problems (which turned out neg. after tests) and costocondritis (sp.?) was also treated with anti-inflammatories and was passed around to other drs. with nothing positive in their diagnoses. Have been on pain mgt. meds for about a year. Will post results of CT scan after dr. visit on Oct. 31.
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replied November 5th, 2012
popping xiphoid pain nausea dizziness weakness
Am going to tell my issues ... i have been to the emergency room 11 times and seen a myriad of other doctors concerning my xiphoid . i was also diagnosed with costocondritis within the first month my symptoms appeared. anti inflamatory meds only succeeded in causing bloody stool ... have been to gall bladder specialist who did the scope (top only) and decided that my gall bladder was functioning normally but also decided to do a hida scan (nuclear medicine) ... i have been to a cardiologist who did echo of heart (perfect condition) and since i was unable to complete the stress test he decided i must be suffering from depression or pcp addiction ... i have had several other blood tests to verify that i take no drugs but also to check for h-pylori bacteria (all negative) and i have only met a single doctor who will even acknowledge that i even have a xiphoid and that it indeed pops.. he has referred me to either a thoracic surgeon or a chiropractor and has told me that i will have to look for one who is open minded enough to try to address the problem i am 5 months into the most excrutiating pains i have ever experienced from a xiphoid which pops and immediately makes me feel sick , weak , and dizzy at least 25 times a day ... will try to update if i learn anything useful
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replied November 5th, 2012
Ou, Austin, not nice. Have you thought about having the xyphoid process removed?

After reading your post I suppose I'll have to acknowledge that I get this popping too. I don't get much pain from my xyphoid any more since I lost a bunch of weight (40 lbs), but I do get a little irritation from it every now and then, usually when I've been sitting for a while. I have suffered from costal condritis on a few occasions, and it is definitely different from the pain I used to get from the xyphoid (which seems many degrees less painful than what most of the folk on here complain of). However, I do have a generalized ache around the back of my ribs. I'm curious if anybody here also suffers from arthritis? I am certain a popping xyphoid process has no relation to arthritis and is distinct to itself.

The last time I talked to an emergency doctor, it was from extreme pain in my chest, when I thought I was having a heart attack. The term slipped my mind, and the doctor admitted she didn't know the name. What's with doctors these days?
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replied November 6th, 2012
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i have a tiny area which hurts from c.c. but the majority of my pain is in the very bottom of my ribs on my right side and generally the diaphram . as for having the xiphoid removed... i cannot seem to convince the doctors that my pain is occouring 15 seconds after my xiphoid pops and is in my mind my biggest issue . now i am interested in the arthritis connection because every doctor i have seen is interested in my very bright pink fingertips which they seem to think is a sign of arthritis . right now i am waiting on hida scan results and will be discussing with my doctor my next step which will either be a chiropractor or thoracic surgeon
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replied November 6th, 2012
Aha! A connection! I would say though, even if it turns out you do have arthritis, to keep pursuing it, because who wants to be on pain pills forever if there's something else going on besides that. After reading everyone else's posts I'm convinced there is something odd and apparently rare going on with our xyphoids. Also out of curiosity, is your xyphoid malformed? Mine seems to have a large nobble on it, or maybe it has become bent from bad posture or something.
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replied November 11th, 2012
popping xiphoid and gall bladder
went to my gastro-doc on thursday... he informed me that my gall bladder is at 8% functionality and is going to be removed this week. i live in a small town near austin and my doc has gone out of his way to talk to a thoracic surgeon who mentioned that my xiphoid is most likely popping due to my rapid weight loss (38 pounds). the ultra sounds did not show any problem with my gall bladder but the hida scan specifically looks at function. IN MY CASE it appears that gall bladder was failing which made me nauseous which made me lose weight rapidly which caused the xiphoid to start popping . will reply once more in 2 weeks or so when i should hopefully start to see some improvement
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replied November 11th, 2012
I'm sorry to hear you're needing surgury, but hopefully this is what'll clear up your pain for you. Good luck!
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replied November 21st, 2012
Xyfoid Process Pain
CT scan showed Xyfoid process in bad shape and area around it enflamed, causing unrelenting pain in area of sternum and in the middle of my back. Not able to sleep or sit straight for long periods. Dr. determined Xyfoid process damaged in car accident many years ago causing the pain. Had surgery to remove it on Nov. 6 and follow-up on Nov. 19. to remove staples. Incision oozing clear fluid for a few days, but has cleared up. Can not thank this doctor enough, the pain is gone and only have pain about level one due to the surgery and I'm sure that will get better. Don't understand how so little is known of this condition....I have alot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
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replied November 22nd, 2012
aha!! I have pain middle back too. Ok, going to get a scan. Thank you very much!
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replied December 6th, 2012
after having my gall bladder removed, i began to feel considerably better. after about 10 days or so i have been having a LOT of back and neck pain but nearly all my nausea and dizziness and other symptoms have disappeared. my xiphoid has popped a few times but it seems to be slowing down as my weight is going back up slowly. i am fairly certain my remaining pains are associated with my poor posture and minor spine issues.

i was to point out once more that echo of gall bladder showed no problems as it does not check function
hida scan checks function and saved me months of suffering...
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replied February 26th, 2013
I have been having pains in my chest as well, but because the pain was obviously generating from the center area, bottom of the sternum, I concluded it was my Xiphoid. After reading other's stories I am even more convinced of this.

I too have other symptoms, but many of them have logical reasons. I have lower back pain, but have been diagnosed by my VA docs to have a few herniated discs as a result of a rear-end automobile accident in 2009. Not long after the surgery I had my left shoulder operated on with suspicion of rotater cuff tear, and although they said there was slight damage, that the problem was an elongated clavicle and bursitis.

Although some of those commenting here have tried to make connections with their Xiphoid pain and other symptoms, I have not yet thought any of this was related, at least not until now. I have a tendency to sneeze really hard, and have often felt chest, neck, stomach, and back pain as a result of this sneezing. My back has cracked almost from bottom to top sometimes as a result of a sneeze. On top of that, I too have gained some extra weight, which must be adding pressure to an already stressed region, since my stomach extends past my chest, with the Xiphoid being at the folding point when leaning forward.

I'm not sure if any of this helps, and am obviously not confident that my self-diagnosis is in any measure accurate. I too am looking for answers, but have not complained to my doctor about this problem yet. The VA docs don't seem to be interested in addressing several different issues within one visit, and this pain has not been one of the most predominant at the time of any past visits. I'll try to make a point of bringing it up at my next visit.
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replied March 18th, 2013
Pleurisy? Heart Problems?
I was sick with a bad cough & felt a sudden pain in my right upper chest just under the ribcage. I'm not coughing anymore but the pain persists. It seems to have spread to my back & I can feel a burnng sensation on my xyphoid. Is this normal to get from a bad cough?
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replied May 3rd, 2013
I have been dealing with a lump on my lower sternum for about 6 months now. You can feel it on the outside. It started small. But its definitely grown quite a bit. Seen like 8 different doctors. The thoracic specialist I seen said it was a cartilage build up. But I don't agree and neither does my regular doctor. I've been on two different strong steroids for that and had a cortisone injection done right into it. Oh my god the next day it hurt so damn bad if I even brushed up against it I wanted to scream. Its so painful all the time and if I sit back or lay down on my back I my chest tightens up and its hard to breathe. I have had x-rays done, blood work a couple times, and a cat scan done and nothing has shown up. This started on the right side, I think its starting to grow on the left side as well. Think its this xiphoid process?
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replied May 18th, 2013
An inflamed xyphiod process will not show up on a blood test, Xray or even a CT scan. Pain starting on the right side accompanied by severe chest pain are classic symptoms of a gallstone. Left undetected, pain will eventually travel to the left side. You mentioned you had a CT scan. Perhaps you should get a copy of the report and review it with your doctor. A sonogram of the abdomen should indicate whether or not a gallstone is present.
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replied May 17th, 2013
pian in xiphoid
I am having sever pain in my xiphoid area it's swollen really big and very painful I also noticed that my urine is really dark.. I've talked to someone who had the same problem and he was diagnosed with a bad gallbladder could this be what's wrong with me
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replied May 18th, 2013
Dark urine can be caused by many factors including medications and foods but is commonly caused by dehydration which leads to a urinary tract infection and can be caused by a malfunctioning gallbladder or liver. You need to get this checked immediately. If you have a gallstone and it travels into the bile duct, emergent surgery may be be needed. See your doctor asap.
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replied June 28th, 2013
It sounds like the only true treatment is surgery. Can anyone who has had surgery provide there experience and their drs name.
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replied July 18th, 2013
Gall bladder
Hi All!
I want to address the gall bladder issues I keep hearing about.... My father and sister suffer from this quite a bit, this is a natural process that they do that will allow them to pass thru.. It is a cleanse with lemon juice and olive oil, it is called a gull bladder cleanse. Surgery is not the only option.. My father had his removed and still suffers from stones. Please email me for more info, or just google it! It really works!
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