HELP!!Severe lower rib pain after thoracotomy/lobectomy
I had an upper left lobectomy for very small lung adenocarcinoma (no chemo/radiation) 14 months ago. ribs under breasts are constantly swollen and painful (look 9 months pregnant). PM doc gave 6 day course of prednisone for "costochondritis". Orthopedic surgeon said rest and take NSAID's (can't due to stomach/liver problems)
Taking Meloxicam 3x a day and Percocet to sleep. can only lay in one position for 14 months. It is REALLY painful!
No doc seems to have a real "cure" or even something remotely helpful. don't want to take steroids (lyrica, Cymbalta) and gain EVEN more weight or get hooked on pain meds.
What kind of doctor do I go to next ??? have been to a dozen.
I weight 190 and don't want more weight from steroids.
my ribcage feels so compressed at times it's hard to breathe, ct's mri's xray's show nothing.
only 50 and can't live like this...
any help would be so appreciated
I know you have undergone several CT, MRI, X-rays but all are normal. However since there is swelling and pain, an abscess and a cyst and blood collection or hematoma should be ruled out. Other than this the swollen right rib area can be due to bronchial adenoma, leiomyoma or benign smooth muscle swelling, or lung cancer.
Please discuss these possibilities with your treating doctor. Hope this helps. Take care!
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