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Monday, September 06, 2010 estela_arroyo, Community Member, asks

Q: I am having pain around/ under my xiphoid process and was wondering if its a serious problem

Sharp pain Pain makes me nauseas
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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
9/ 7/10 1:10am

If you're having pain in the area of your xiphoid process, you really should see your doctor because other more serious problems like gallbladder, bone and heart disease can also cause pain in that area. 


If it does turn out to be xiphoid process pain, common treatments include:

• Analgesics (pain medications)

• Hot or cold treatment

• An elastic rib belt


Also, try to avoid lifting heavy objects as that can often trigger xiphoid process pain.

Nancy, Community Member
10/30/10 2:56pm

it is serious and not all people are looking for drugs, am sechuled for surgery on the 16th of Nov. the pain is the xiphoid process as shown on a bone scan, it's not my gallbladder (dont have one ).It's not my heart or my back or anything else they try to tell you !So if you believe its your xiphoid process ask for a bone scan this actually shows the bones! Good luck!

Larry, Community Member
6/20/11 2:19pm

I have had these pains for several years.

FP guy, nothing wrong...

How did the surgery go?

Is there a name for that type of surgery?

What type of doctor provided the diagnosis?

Hope you are feeling better


Wendy Smith, Community Member
12/18/12 5:53pm

Nancy, my husband and I just came home from the dr. who said his chest pain is caused by his xiphoid process.   So I came home and looked on here to learn some details and saw your note.  Just wondering how you are doing after your surgery, and if you would recommend a bone scan for him?


We hope you are feeling much better, and would very much like your opinion on what we should do next.  The doctor didn't really know what to do, said Tony would always be on pain pills and he should go up to Mayo Clinic for another opinion.




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