It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD Message Board

  • Thoracotomy pain

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 10-22-2008, 12:31 AM   #1
    maddogmary
    Newbie
    (female)
     
    maddogmary's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Ca
    Posts: 1
    maddogmary HB User
    Thoracotomy pain

    I just found these boards and I'm so happy to be able to chat with others in similar situations.

    I had a posterolateral thoracotomy with a right lower lobectomy and a right middle wedge resection last November. The good news was that the growths were benign - official dx Sclerosing Hemangioma. Extremely rare and I had two so really rare but excellent news for a 30+yr smoker ( one yr quit anniversary on Friday)

    Anyway I still experience the following symptoms:

    Shortness of breath after/during activity
    Heaviness in lower chest cavity
    Occasional muscle spasms in the incision area
    Occasional burning along incision line
    Swelling under arm and along side of breast
    Inability to take deep breath (Feel like the right lung is full while left lung still has room)

    Anyone else experience any of these symptoms? While my Dr. says these are normal symptoms and some may or may not go away, some may stay forever. It would be nice to know that I'm not the only one and that maybe some of these problems will still go away with time.

    Thanks for your help

     
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 05-30-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
    Eb Jones
    Newbie
    (male)
     
    Eb Jones's Avatar
     
    Join Date: May 2009
    Posts: 2
    Eb Jones HB User
    Re: Thoracotomy pain

    I had an axillary thoracotomy approximately a year ago due to a massive empyema that crushed my left lung. I had emergency surgery to relieve the fluid and get cleaned out. All was looking well, I was recovering quickly, then I started accumulating fluid again a few days later. This time it was lymph fluid. The surgeon said he may have nicked the thoracic duct during the first surgery causing the lymph leak. Anyway, a week to the day after the first surgery, I went under the knife again. I went home 8 days later. I was a morphine zombie for probably 12 of those 15 days. I wouldn't wish pain like that on my worst enemy. That was last June, almost a year ago. To this day, I still have pain. Only recently has my incision, same one for both surgeries, stopped spasming or giving me occasional lightning bolts. I still hurt, and like some have said, that may never come to an end. My entire left side is constantly numb. It seems if I maintain correct posture while sitting, the pain isn't as bad. Slump over for an extended period, and I ache all the next day. I'm tired of this........ I hurt. I wish it was over, that it had never happened.
    A plus is, my lung function tests are improving, I lost a third of my left lung from the damage. I do get winded, but I've become a walking warrior, everyday, and I feel better because of it.

    I'm sorry for going on like I have...... felt good to get it off my chest, so to speak. Thanks for listening.

     
    Old 08-02-2009, 01:47 PM   #3
    clctrax
    Newbie
    (female)
     
    clctrax's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Aug 2009
    Posts: 1
    clctrax HB User
    Re: Thoracotomy pain

    My husband underwent this surgery in Oct. 05. To date, he is still having pain and taking meds for it. He has had chronic infections as a result and had to have a chest tube placed for drainage of empyema in June 2008. He constantly wonders why they can't remove his lung to prevent all of the drainage and pain he has. Hope all is better with you, and if anyone has any suggestions or recommendations, please post!!!

    Last edited by clctrax; 08-05-2009 at 10:07 AM.

     
    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Sciatica pain starting 3 weeks after discectomy... Chazz Back Problems 12 07-07-2013 01:25 PM
    Old thoracotomy scar danlar Pain Management 4 11-24-2011 04:28 PM
    Pain under left collar bone confused32 Heart Disorders 2 12-31-2010 05:12 PM
    3 weeks post ALIF pain(discomfort)question?? fedupfor Back Problems 12 08-30-2010 08:36 PM
    recent thoracotomy on 6/10 drumsarelife998 Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 1 07-03-2009 08:59 PM
    Post thoracotomy neuropathy jazziejudy6 Cancer: Lung 0 11-30-2008 07:08 PM
    Anyone had a thoracotomy?? Please respond dragonfly05 Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 0 02-11-2007 12:22 PM
    Having a Left Anterior Thoracotomy lfjcharlotte Heart Disorders 0 05-21-2005 09:43 AM




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:05 PM.





    © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!