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Hi. I'm 2 weeks post op. It took me 3 years to get the diagnosis from an amazing Plastic Surgeon in Salisbury Hospital. UK.
After 2 years of physio, scans, xrays and appointments with pretty much every specialist in Dorset I finally was told I could have the op.
I was advised that recovery was hard and painful but I would feel immediate relieve from the original symptoms.
Well, I certainly don't have the original symptoms anymore but they have been replaced with a whole new batch of issues and pain.
My op took 4.5hrs. They shaved my first rib, and said that it was alot worse than expected. The nerves were attached to my muscles and had to be physically torn from them! ! but I was then in the recovery room for over 8hrs due to having a very high heart rate 180 for 8hrs !!! After 50ml of morphine, fluid and god knows what other drugs, I was taken to the ward. I spent 6 days in hospital. The first day after the op I became short of breath with pain, after an xray it was discovered that the op had temporarly paralysed my diaphragm nerve which meant I couldn't take a deep breath in. This is easing now (2 weeks after).
I am home now but the pain in my shoulder and my back is so bad. I have one spot on my shoulder/back where it feels like someone is pushing a hot knife into me.
The muscles spasms all the time and I can't lift my arm at all, not even enough to shave my armpit! !
The worst thing is having a numb hand/finger tips. I'm just starting to hold things, having learnt how to with a numb hand!
Can anyone tell me how long this pain and numbness will go on for? .
This is bringing me down so bad. Sleeping is a nightmare without morphine , which I'm trying to come off but can't due to the pain at the mo.
Any advice or similar experiences would be greatly appreciated xx
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