Chest Pain following NF

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   Posted 4/18/2014 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,

I am now over 5 weeks post op from my NF. I just started getting chest pains a couple of days ago and now I'm having them again. It reminds me of the pain that I had prior to surgery. I am wondering what could possibly be going on. Has anyone experienced this following surgery?

Any advice would be helpful.



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   Posted 4/18/2014 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
You are still in the early stages. For me the chest pains are usually trapped gas. I usually take a couple of gas x and I feel better.


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   Posted 4/18/2014 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be gas, it could be food that is stuck and acting like acid reflux. It was a long time after my surgery that I didn't feel pain there. I was also told it could be the diaphragm still healing.

I do believe it is worth a call to your surgeon, to ask. Do you have another follow up visit scheduled with him soon? Maybe try and move it close if possible.
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   Posted 4/18/2014 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Uniandra,

I agree, could be trapped gas or the diaphragm. Does it happen after eating? I got that a lot right in the middle of my back. I think mine is vagus nerve pain from the surgery. The back has weaned off but I still get it centre chest that radiates to my left shoulder or just the shoulder itself. I can feel the difference between the gas and nerve pain now. I am 7 weeks out now.

If it's really painful or bothersome, put a call in to your surgeon. Hope it feels better soon.


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   Posted 4/19/2014 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Esophageal spasms are possible. The first one I had lasted a few hours and was pretty excruciating. My surgeon prescribed nitrous, which is usually for heart patients. I resisted the urge to take them and just dealt with the pain. These spams I believe mimic a heart attack and can be very alarming. But, they just would pass for me. I didn't notice anything that triggered it.

Right after my surgery, I had a lot of shoulder pain due to trapped gas, but this went away quickly and I've seen none of that since.

Take care. :)
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