I'm looking for suggestions on relieving continuing breathing difficulty after surgery.
Sinus surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago with post-op myalgia - most horrible pain imaginable, not much controlled with IV meds, Vicodin at home, not enough anti-nausea meds. I complained to ENT at 1 week and 2 week visits about difficulty breathing, chest pain, nausea, but each time he said it would be better - pulled out stents, said swelling would continue 3-4 more weeks and could be into bronchi. (Anyone heard of this?) He had nothing to say about the myalgia for 5 days, but that's not his baileywick. I do wish he'd comment about the facial numbness, though.
I complained to anesthesia about being given meds I had refused (fibro and polio should not get histamine releasers), muscle pain, chest pain and nausea. But I wasn't critical enough to get admitted, although I discussed it with dh who said I wouldn't get any sleep. At least they finally sent me the names of the meds they gave me.
I added my tramadol back with the Vicodin first week, after good suggestion on board. Got off the Vicodin 2nd week, Chest pain and breathing difficulty continue. I checked with my old spirometer - Flonase helped a little for a few minutes. I've been doing deep breathing, but it's doing nothing.
Today called PCP about breathing, who said try my albuterol inhaler which allergist had just Rx'd for emergencies. Big mistake! That gave me shakes, worse feeling of restricted breathing, chest pain and arrhythmia - shown on my portable BP machine, but not what kind. Anyway, it hurt! He called me back to check, said Uh-oh, take half an Alavert and a prednisone (I tolerate 5 mg). So I'm waiting to see how that works. He'll get me an Rx for chest X-ray asap - look for post-anesthesia atalectasis. Through all this the fibro pain and shoulder pain (needs surgery when sinuses heal) jumped to 7, so I snagged a Vicodin to get through the day. That pain is still stabbing to biceps, elbow, wrist, thumb and 1,2 fingers despite my efforts to reposition.
PCP will check in again this evening and I'll get chest X-ray tomorrow. I've had several surgeries and lots of procedures with anesthesia, but this was by far the worst - and it was not the surgical procedure! That area hurt(s) the least!