When will surgical pain abate?
Two days home from the hospital where I had surgery to remove my upper right lung lobe - which contained a 3.5 cm malignant growth and also the greatest portion of Stage III COPD. My lungs are, both pre and post-operative, in bad shape. I'm on oxygen and still abed and breathing at 50% capacity.
Question: The numbness is wearing off in my chest and despite taking percocet I'm beginning to feel great pain - not stabbing nor shooting pain, but pain as if a semi hit me. Does anyone know when this pain will peak, is it post-surgical normal, when will I be able to take a deep breath without screaming?
Also, one thoracic surgeon said I would always have to be within reach of oxygen; while his partner said I could probably go back to work someday. So much conflicting information, I don't know what to think.
Thank you for your anticipated advice.