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Soreness in xiphoid process

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I have had soreness in the xiphoid process region for about a week now, very sore to touch or push in in this region and sometimes when I move a little. Have been doing sit ups and also pulling myself up into the cab of a large pickup truck which is a strain for me to do since I am short. Also, about a week ago, sudden onset of soreness and pain in right flank, really painful to move, which lasted about an afternoon but has not recurred. The soreness in xiphoid area occurred few days after this.

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replied July 22nd, 2010
Womens Conditions Answer A14530
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Flank pain that came and went could be due to kidney stones. Since the stone moved from its place, the pain subsided. It could also have been muscle pull. Similarly at the xiphoid process it could be a minor injury, or inflammation of the joint between xiphoid process and chest bone or it could also be severe acidity. Muscle pull is also possible.

Since you had physical stain possibility of muscle pull or inflammation of the joint is quite likely. Apply a local analgesic and apply heat pad and see if it helps. If it does not help, consult a doctor. Hope this helps. Take care!

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