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are you still there?
I am an ER doctor
why are you going to the ER today?
You don't need to go to the ER for this
this is called the xiphoid process
It is part of the cartilage under your sternum
I'm here, are you sure? I've never detected this before, I'm 27
yes, I am sure
it doesnt feel right to me
you probably didn't notice it because you had been working out before
and the abdominal muscles made it less obvious
But when you didn't exercise, and lost the muscle mass, it became more obvious
its really hard
You can get a chest xray for confirmation
it is part of the skeleton
BUt you can get this as an outpatient
you do not need to rush to the ER today for this, I promise
I would ring up your doctor and get an xray in the next 2 weeks
I'm kind of overweight, I'm at 93kg, I'm 5'11 (181cm), I wasnt allways like this, its not that I've been much athletic but I remember being considerable thinner at 80 and 85kg and I didnt had this
some time ago I was feeling kind of swollen bellow the chin, close to the neck
I went to the doctor and got a emography on the neck soft tissues
everything looked fine
this was like 3 months ago
I noticed it swall when I smoked too much
Here is a picture of the xiphoid process
It is conceivable that you formed a bony cyst or growth on it
I'm always under stress lately
but you don't need to go to the ER for this- you can get an xray by your primary doc
if you really WANT to go to the ER, that is fine, but this is NOT an emergency
thats just how it feels
in terms of shape
Like I said- get the xray :-)
But I am sure that you don't want to spend hours in the ER
ok I will, so like a general practicioner?
you are better off calling your doc and asking for an xray which is convenient for you
do you have one?
I'm quitting smoking and I'm going to get on a health plan
I do not have a doctor
you can go to an urgent care clinic if you want
3 weeks ago I started a new exercising routine that was really demanding
if you simply cannot find a doc, by all means go to the ER- they will get it done today
I've kind off been trying to get into shape
it involved doing a lot of abdominal work
I did got my sternum swoll, sternum as in those diagonal muscles on the front of the neck
that is great!
the sternum can become a little irritated
and you can take ibuprofen fr it
did you take any ibuprofen
yes I did, because of that and overall muscle pain
don't go too hard or you will injure yourself
when I'm in too much pain I take them, due to work I've not been training for the past couple of weeks
you are trying to set up a life style change- this is exercise for life
Ill be focusing on the diet more
do you think that over exerting abdominal work load may have caused the lesion on the xiphoid? thus making it more pretuberant?
(to the touch)
it could have caused a change in your abdominal wall musculature so that it is more prominent- or protuberant
I don't know if it might be me being hypochondirec but I kind of feel unease with it right now
But I understand your concern- getting an xray to make sure that there is no strange hard cyst or growth is a good idea- I am just telling you don't need to drop everything and do it today
I'm going for the x-ray offourse
I hope I am explaining myself well? :)?
MOST likely to be BENIGN
Get the XRAY
You don't have to do it right away
i think i noticed this because yesterday I wento to a sushi buffet and I did eat a lot, since I'm a bit overweight and lacking muscle mass to my size do you think it could be an hernia?
I do not feel that "reflux" thing
A hernia is not where that is located and it is not a hard lump
it is a protruding soft mass
haaa, makes sense
ok this is my xiphoid
iv'e read about the possibility of being a cyst, benign tumor etc, but those would not have that size right? or semmitry? if it did I would had to be in fever and really sick right?
A benign tumor is simply a mass- it doesn't cause any symptoms
and they don't do anything about it anyway
can I still exercise?
God... I hope it's my xiphoid process but it feels so hard and I never noticed my xiphoid my whole life....
You would be surprised how many people discover these in their 30s :-)
and I've been so unlucky lately with my life that I feel really susceptible to this... it's like I was guessing something even worst was coming, I sure hope not and Ill try to be positive, thank you for your help!
you are welcome
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