Originally Posted by BigSpur
I've been constipated for about the past week and a few days ago I noticed a large lump in the center of my chest at the bottom of my sternum. I've looked it up and I think its my Xiphoid Process. Can constipation cause an enlarged Xiphoid Process?
If your abdomen is distended and hard enough from the constipation it could possibly pressing on it enough to enlarge it.. I recommend you go see your doctor as soon as possible to get the xiphoid process checked out as well as get the doctor do an x-ray to see if you have a possible bowel obstruction which can be life threatening.
Aren't you in pain from not moving your bowels for that long ? I have had lifelong problems with chronic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome and know the pain,bloating,distended abdomen and hard it gets not mention the pain from straining and forcing so hard to try to move your bowels. I no longer allow myself to go more than 36-48 hours without moving my bowels. I use a glycerin suppository to soften the stool in my rectum so it doesn't hurt quite as much to move my bowels as it does without it. The one thing that has helped the most to maintain regularity to have a set time schedule everyday to sit on the toilet to have a bowel movement. I allow 30 minutes a day to do this. I take slow deep breaths continuously until I have moved my bowels. It doesn't hurt like the straining does because it's relaxing all your muscles including the rectal and anal muscles allowing the stool pass easier. I now eat a high fiber diet and drinks lots of water to help keep my stools to remain soft enough to pass but firm enough so that it's not diarrhea. I hope this will help you to keep from getting so constipated in the future.