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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/13/2006 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone, I recently (9/21) had an emergency pericardial window done. Spent 5 days in the hospital and another 2 weeks with a home health care nurse. As soon as the home nurse discharged me, my original regiment of scripts ran out. This was fine, my only pain was at the incision, and that was very minimal (numbness, infact). Approximately 3 days later, I woke up one morning with extreme shoulder pain which seemed to get worse over the course of a few days. One morning the pain was so severe I went back to the emergency room, only to be told that it was normal after surgery. They gave me some scripts and sent me home. The meds they gave me caused a reaction, with little relief, and this coincided with my follow-up visit with the surgeon. He said I was doing great, wrote me another script and sent me home. That script (Arthrotec) was for 3 months, mind you. My reaction continued with the new meds nearly causing another visit to the ER. However, I was able to get a same-day appt with my personal physician just 2 days ago. After 10 minutes with me, he told me to discontinue EVERYTHING, and wrote me a script for 6 days of methylprednisolone (a corticosteroid). I experienced IMMEDIATE relief of most of my pain and all side effects. The pain was entirely gone this morning, however, I am sweating heavily throughout the night. All of this background to ask a few questions of those that have experienced my situation.
1) Is the shoulder pain after cardio-thorasic surgery normal?
2) What about the night sweats?
3) about how long should I expect a full recovery to take?

I went walking about 3/4 mi. tonight. Feeling like I have alot of energy, but still not real confident with heavy objects.....etc.

Sorry if this is a bit in rambling mode, it's getting late here. :(

Looking forward to your responses,

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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 10/13/2006 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi drumrboi, Welcome to Healing Well forum we are happy to have you join us here.  I am very sorry about your recent heart problems, it is very difficult to cope with I know.  I know very little about Pericarditis and these type of heart related disorders as I dont suffer with these problems.  However, we do have many members here who do and who are more than willing to give you some insight to what maybe going on.  I am going to cross post your post onto the Pericarditis & Pericardiectomy Thread that we keep going on this board at all times so you may get some input from those members...and also post the link below for you so you easily find it.  I do hope you continue to visit HW often as this is a wonderful place for information and support.  Take care

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