Pain Behind Xiphoid Process

by 161 · August 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Hello all,

I've been having a burning pain behind my xiphoid process and I was wondering if anyone has any ideas what might be causing it and suggestions to heal it.

I follow a GAPS Diet, typically eating only meat, fat, vegetables, and bone broths. It seems that the pain is worse when I eat nuts or other fibrous foods, but lately it has been hurting no matter what I eat and even hours after not eating.

Any thoughts?

Thanks, Zym

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6629 · June 30, 2013 3:21 AM

If you take a PPI and that does not work.... its your gallbladder. Had the same problem, tried everything to fix it, had the gallbladder taken out. No more problem.

55 · June 30, 2013 3:12 AM

I got this when I was doing a lot of upper body work (intense aerial circus training). It felt like a joint that really needed to pop. If I draped my body over a foam roller and arched my back it actually would pop and give me some relief. I believe it was from my lats and upper back being very tight and pulling on the surrounding muscles/joints. Have you changed your exercise lately?

694 · December 25, 2012 9:20 PM

Also just wanted throw this out there... make sure you're not having a heart attack. Its difficult to help diagnose without knowledge of your risk factors, age, weight, etc...

435 · November 27, 2012 7:45 AM

Take a proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole and see if that helps. Medically, pain localized to x p is usu gerd or costochondritis but since it is brought on after meals rather than due to specific movements (lifting etc), its prob gerd.

5584 · October 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM

could be costochondritis. i developed it from prednisone and it sometimes felt like i was getting stabbed in the sternum. exercising was the easiest way to make it worse, so i avoided all upper body work for a while- likes months. the main thing that helped me was using boswellia cream. i would rub it all over my chest every day and that really relieved the burning pain.

also, you need to get an x-ray to diagnose this. there really isn't a treatment either. just rest.

5071 · August 13, 2012 2:39 AM

I wish I could give you a straight answer, but the possible answers are vast. How old are you? It's possible that the xiphoid process is simply developing, as it does with age. It's also possible that you're encountering re-mineralization of your bones and cartilage. It's possible you have H. Pylori/an ulcer or you may not be digesting the higher meat intake as well. Have you ever taken Betaine HCl? I would recommend doing that and seeing if your condition doesn't improve or goes away completely.

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