Originally Posted by Klide
Oh I'm still around... all better now. Doc did not seem worried and pain is gone.
Well for future reference, if you ever take a kick or punch or smack or drop or whatever to that very unique and small and precisely placed xyphoid process,...a few things to bear in mind.
Most of the time, this small process is missed and the sternum and/or ribs take the brunt of the blow, or the abdominal wall, often the diaphragm, will get the impact.
It's most often used as a landmark (when learning CPR or finding ribs, since it can be palpated). It's a tiny bone (that starts out as cartilage but fuses). This is where, as was mentioned, it's very dangerous if it does get injured. If it dislocates, fractures, breaks off, it can slice into the diaphram or liver or lung.
So if you got thwacked in that xyphoid process of yours, and you got injured, you would know it and you'd be in severely critical condition, and fast. If you have pain in the area, that actually is not that uncommon, but the flip side is that it points more towards something that can be treated and addressed.
Anyhoo, bud, glad you're doing better and keep up the good work.