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14, xiphoid hurts. if touch or press on it it feels bruised.

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So recently I have experienced pain on my "xiphoid" from what I hear it is called. I am a 14 year old girl and my parents seem to ignore it since I have had it since I was born. The area around the sternum hurts and if touch or press on it it feels like a bruise. If I breathe in the xiphoid sticks out even further and looks like an abnormal bone ejecting from my chest. I am very skinny and I wonder if that has anything to do with it, I have skinnier friends that don't have it though :/. Using know what I should do, any suggestions?

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replied May 22nd, 2014
Chest Pain Answer A47362
Thank you for asking!
It is an epigastric pain and it needs to be worked up a little for its cause. Gastritis and stomach ulcers is the top on the list suspicion. Irrespective of the cause, the origin is gastrointestinal tract for sure. Seeking a gastroenterologist will sort it out. Sometimes anxiety and panic attacks do that too but that will be considered once GI profile is evaluated to be normal.
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