Very good! Now we know what to do!
The condition is called xiphoidynia or xiphoidalgia. It is a self-limited problem, and most of the time there is no known cause. I suggest using an anti-inflammatory agent such as ibuprofen (generic, don't pay brand name), but if you have been doing that, then tell your doc what the problem is and that this old man has recommended your having someone inject the region with a mixture of a local anesthetic and a cortisone
If you don't mind a story, within the last year, an eldrly gentleman posted a question here regarding his wife. She had been having constant pain in the lower chest and upper adbomen . After all sorts of expensive and time-consuming studies, mainly of the digestive system, she was no better off.
In frustration, he went to the web, site after site. Then he found JA, but his question sat and ended up in the tough question file. That's where I like to look. Indeed, she had what you have.
The problem is that young docs rely too much on technilogical magic, and your condition is sort of rare and generally overlooked. I go back to the 1950s when we didnt have much more than a history and physical examination. I was doing surgery, and our best imaging tool was the scalpel
. One of the things we considered when a patient had upper abdominal pain but wasn't really at death's door, was xiphoidynia. What good would it do to cut open someone with that condition? The cure would be worse than the disease.
I don't do surgery any more, but at 75 years, I'm still teaching.
Please let me know how things work out . You might want to print this message thread and show it to your doctor.