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sternum ?? pain

i had a 7 yes seven way CABG  in May 08. the surgeons used an artery from my leg. 12 hour surgery (on pump)
hard time defibbing to restsrt but after 5 tries it started and has been ok sinc. 1 week after i went home I COUGHED and broke (not the wires) but the ends of the ribs and sternum. they had to go back in and rewire.
8 days later Infection set INTO the sternum . They went back in and REMOVED IT. MY question is. HOW LONG will the pain last ????
it has been 10 months and i still on 50 mg of FENTENYL among other meds and it sometimes is excruciating.
what should I do ?????       HELP PLEASE
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