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Chest pain - xiphoid process damaged during stretching?

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I seem to have damaged my xiphoid process while stretching my abs/back. There was a popping sound, and afterward there was pain when I pressed on the bottom of my sternum. It's a dull throbbing, and it hurts whenever I tense my abs or press on the process. I'm a little worried after reading some internet reports... Is there any way I could have punctured my heart when doing this???
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replied June 7th, 2012
I doubt that your symptoms have anything to do with your heart, and you did not puncture your heart. Pain from the xiphod process is common and is aggravated by pressure. I discuss xiphodynia briefly on page 46 of my book on chest pain (Chest Pain When and When Not to Worry, Pelican Publishers, Gretna, La, 2009). Don't press on the area and the inflammation should gradually decrease.
Please keep in mind that I am unable to diagnose medical conditions online.

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