Strange 'wrap' pain after a fall

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   Posted 1/9/2012 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all

I am 6 months post nf & have been doing really well but yesterday I had a fall at work. Nothing major, just tripped & went down. I felt ok afterwards so carried on working but last night I had the worst 'heartburn' ever. I say 'heartburn' because it was a burning sensation behind the wrap site but no refluxing. During the night & today I get a sharp pain under my breastbone whenever I take a deep breath & I feel really nauseous. I rang the surgeons office but cant get an appt until next week & the earliest I can get in to see my GP is Wednesday however her nurse did say to take some paracetamol & rest.

Im worried I have done some damage to the wrap & need some advice. Should I wait it out & see what happens or try to get it sorted now? Our local hospital does not have an emergency department so I would have to ring an ambulance if I wanted to get admitted to hospital without a GP's referral.

Thanks for llistening.


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   Posted 1/9/2012 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
You might have pulled the muscle. Have you tried a heating pad and a muscle relaxer?
If this doesn't help you might have popped a stitch. But only the doctor can tell if this has happened.

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   Posted 1/9/2012 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynda,
Sorry to hear about your fall.  My inclination would be to wait to see the surgeon.  If you jump to the hospital right away, you might not get as consistent care.  Of course, if your symptom severity or pain increased substantially, of course you should get care immediately.
Maybe with some time things will settle back down.  You could have caused some re-swelling and irritation to the wrap and repair site.  There could be an adhesion that pulled when you fell, creating the pain.  Or it could even be skeletal or muscle-related, and not have anything to do with your wrap at all. 
I'm certainly no expert here, but I would think that provided you don't get any worse, follow your GP's advice and try to take it easy for a while.
There's a very good chance that with some rest you'll be right back to your old self.  Take some antacid or whatever helps you feel better.
I'm sure others will be by to offer their opinions and support soon!
Hope things work out very quickly for you.
Best wishes!
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