Side effects after VATS?

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Ive read through most of the posts looking for a similar complaint but haven't found one yet. I had VATS after a right lung SP 2 months ago. It took 3 chest tubes to finally fix the collapse. After I stopped using pain meds (about 2 weeks post op) I noticed a strange sensation in my throat and abdomen. Throat: not exactly painful, more annoying. Feels almost like a lump in my throat? Abdomen: feels like heart burn or acid reflux but without heart burn or acid reflux. I remember having pressure in my abdomen after the first collapse but it doesn't feel the same now. Also for the most part I am able to get a full breath of air, doesn't feel restricted. I seem to only feel "short of breath" when I start to panic over the above mentioned issues. I do worry that I may have a partial collapse on the left or right side and haven't gone for another X-ray just yet.......

Curious if any of you have felt the same and what route you took.

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    I have not had those issues, wonder if the throat issue could be from the tube they put down you during surgery.
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      Thanks for your reply. I too wondered if the throat issue could be from that tube. I hate going to the doctor so I've been putting it off.

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    Did you ever get a resolution on this issue? Had VATS three weeks ago and have experienced similar throat pain. Hard to take a deep breath at times. Doctors keep prescribing me medicine for acid reflux...
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