Sternum issues after bypass surgery

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Date Joined Jul 2014
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   Posted 7/4/2014 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am a new member. I had a heart attack on November 3rd, 2012. On November 6th 2012 I had a triple bypass. All went well, or so it I am 604 days later and I am in constant chest pain. Latest testing shows that my sternum is unstable, non-union, and overlapping. (CAT, Nuclear Med testing, Bone scan and White Blood Cell uptake). My family Doctor believes I have to learn to live with it...??? Because my wires have not broken according to him I'm good to go, I should have no issues with the chest pain because the sternum would not cause the pain I'm experiencing?

I have not been able to work due to the chronic pain and the many issues which come with it..constant head aches, fatigue, pain fog, unable to concentrate and the list goes on. Prior to having my heart attack I had no symptoms, no angina, no fatigue and worked every day!

My cardiologist is the least bit interested in my ongoing issue with pain...He told me he was "Heart Doctor", my heart is fixed so its not his issue.

My heart Surgeon is unconcerned as well, told me I was lucky that I could stand the weight of my shirt on my chest as some of his patients can't...really, thanks for the support!

Because I live in Ontario Canada I can't just go and get second opinions from other Doctors. I have been refered to a pain clinic which wanted $14,000.00 for assessment and treatment, which I don't have as I've not been able to go to work for over a year, which equates to no income.

I have now been refered to a different pain clinic which has a two and half year wait to be seen?

If any other members can relate to this issue, how are you coping? I could go to the Emergency Department every day with heart attack like symptoms, but I will not because I know its not my heart....I did not have an atypical heart attack in the first place, really no pain to speak of and it took me three days to go to the hospital, and then it was just because I didn't feel quite right and had not eaten in three days. I can't believe that I must live the rest of my days with the feelings and symptoms of having a heart attack everyday??

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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 7/5/2014 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell.

If I'm not familiar with a problem, but interested, I research on the Internet. I found links discussing your problem, sounds much like you describe, and have provided the links below. If possible, I'd like to hear what you find out, so please keep us updated. I suspect others here had similar problems.

My search terms on were (I'm sure you can use Google too):

persistant sternal pain after open chest surgery
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