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sternum and/or xiphoid process inflammation- HELP!!

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  • Posted By: janmarbol
  • July 2, 2008
  • 04:25 PM

I searched everywhere to see what organ/bone/muscle is in the area affecting me, and found that it might be xiphoid process.

There are times it takes my breath away as it seems to swell. Most of the time it worsens after eating or late in the day. There is no comfortable position and pressing on it seems to alleviate it while applying the pressure, or changing positions may help temporarily (even an inch can sometimes do the trick).

It goes from bothersome to almost painful, and it's hard to breath!! I have never injured the area either. If I wear a tight bra, it feels like someone is punching me. It becomes like a round ball; you can't see it, but you can definitely feel it.

Does anyone know if there an organ in the digestive tract behind the sternum and/or xiphoid process (lower sternum) that tends to swell and therefore apply pressure to the xiphoid process and make it seem like that's what's swelling?

I can't believe a cartilage/bone would swell from eating. I don't eat much either.

Help! What is this???

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  • Check here, same as her in my opinion GERD http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=30440
    brnbdry 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • thanks, but it is more of a blunt pain than sharp pain- it's not like a piercing pain... it's like the bone pops out of its place, but thank you much for your help. :)
    janmarbol 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Consider getting tested for lymphoma - friend had this problem, took years - but that was the diagnosis (too late.)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • thanks, but it is more of a blunt pain than sharp pain- it's not like a piercing pain... it's like the bone pops out of its place, but thank you much for your help. :)IN response to your comment, I have the same symptoms. I had a cracked sternum from a car wreck and believe that may be why.. please email me at ohiotp29@yahoo.com my name is Tommy.. from Ohio... Thanks ! :)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 28, 2009
    • 02:47 AM
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  • i have read what you say and i have the same problem. at the last 2 months i gain 7 kg, i am 24 years old and i know for a fact that my sternum is from my birth like this so if the pain started i press and crack so it goes back in the place and relax. i think it is from food because my process is out and longer so the curving to my chest is going more inside than the usual sternum so much that i can put water when i am lie down and the water is staying there like a little pond. i have no theory why i thing is mostly genetic. i imagine its harder to you by meaning of the area there because your a woman
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 18, 2010
    • 01:00 PM
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  • Look at this website also. his sounds more like what it is. I went to the doctor today and did not even know that it existed.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costochondritis
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • thanks, but it is more of a blunt pain than sharp pain- it's not like a piercing pain... it's like the bone pops out of its place, but thank you much for your help. :)I just yesterday got a similar pain and situation checked out by a top gastroenterologist. He said the Xyphoid Process itself (and the muscle/cartilage around it) can become inflamed and swollen. As someone pointed out, this is costochondritis. It can come from trauma (such as a car accident), strain (such as bad posture or heavy lifting), or a viral/bacterial infection.This is my situation. It was so bad that I initially went to the ER, thinking I might be having a heart attack. Now, I'm on anti-inflammatory (Naproxin / Aleve) for the inflammation/pain and Prevacid-24 for the related GERD. Believe it or not, in my case, this was just the result of bad posture while sitting (I'm on the computer all day). It basically puts long-term pressure on the Xyphoid Process, eventually straining and irritating it. The longterm solution for me is to correct my posture and stand up more often. Like any strain, it will eventually get better. The doc also has me putting a heating pad on the area as much as possible.So, here's my thinking:1. If you've had any recent trauma involving that area (sports injury, car accident, etc.), get it checked out, in case there's serious damage.2. If you have any signs of an infection (fever, vomiting, nausea, coughing, etc.), get it checked out.3. If you think you may have just strained your XP or the area around it, take Aleve daily (if you aren't allergic) and keep a heating pad on it often. Do this for a couple weeks and see if it goes away. If not, get it checked out.Lastly, since GERD is closely related for a lot of people, if you have any signs of that, consider trying Zantac and following the dietary recommendations at heartburn.com.Hope this helps!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 17, 2011
    • 05:51 PM
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