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Sternum Pain 15 weeks post valve surgery
I am 54, healthy and fit, non smoker all my life and non drinker, got a mytril valve problem from Gladular feaver and Ross river feaver in 1995, was ok until I got the flu in March 2010, it was all down dill from there. I had the op 15 weeks ago. Post op I had a funny rogue stitch in chest wound at the top, I asked for it to be removed at day 4 before discharge, I was told it will disolve and fall out, at 2 weeks it was still there and sore so I asked the GP to remove it, he said it looked infected, possably that it wicked sweat and water in and under the wound, on week 3, I was back in Hospital on a drip for 6 days and on oral antibiotics at home, at week 9, I had a large amount of swelling like a ball, at the top of the sternum and in both sides of my neck and it was very red, back in Hospital for 8 days on a drip and then back at home on a drip for 6 weeks, managed by Hospital in the home. currently at 15 weeks and both sides of my neck are still red and up, but about 20% of what it was. Problem is now my chest has been very sore for about 4 days, like it was at week 2. It happens on each breath in and it feels like it is the sternum bone that is sore and not muscle. I see the surgeon next week, but I think I should try to see him earlier as the pain is making me feel a bit sick.


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7 and a half weeks after 2X CABG, I had appointment with my Cardiac Surgeon . I explained to the surgeon that I sometimes have feeling of movement of rib cage and rib cage (other external material may be wires, staples) exerting pressure on chest skin. There is piercing sensation on right side and pain under the suture line. It is very sensitive to touch of clothes. There is also pain when coughing. He had look at the X-ray and compared with previous X-ray. He said that the recovery is fine. He reassured that no wires are protruding. Surgeon asked me to be involved in work and forget about the pain. He has given next appointment after 7 weeks...I am not sure if these pains will go away like magic...Any experiences to share..I am otherwise feeling energetic and joined my work.
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