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thoracic pain

my son had surgery on his chest three years ago to correct pectis excavatum.  He has had recurrent severe pain since that time.  We have been to three different Thoracic surgeons and had multiple visits to the emergency room.  There is nothing that seems to bring on the pain, it just hits him...sitting, walking, driving, and it incapacitates him most of the time.  He has been checked out for heart problems and had all sorts of tests done.  It all seems related to the chest surgery.  He doesn't want to live with pain meds.  The doctors have recommended that they go in a kill the nerve endings, but that seems too drastic to us.  He had cortisone shots in the area which deadened the pain but he could still feel it so we almost think it is something a little deeper than the chest wall.  Is there anything you can think of?
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