Hi, 9 weeks ago I had 2 thirds of my stomach & a 3rd of my food pipe taken out, since I was discharged I have had 1 follow up appointment with the surgeon who said I was doing very well, but I do not feel well, I am on amytriptyline for depression, gabapentin for tingling/pins & needles in my hands and feet, dioctyl for constipation, oxycontin tablets and liquid oxynorm for the pain, I am still getting a very lot of pain inside my chest where my chest drain was, I have seen 3 different doctors and none of them seem to be able to get to grips with it, I would like to know if I should have a chest x-ray and or blood tests done, I am going back again on Monday to try to see another doctor, thats if I can get an appointment because trying to get one is almost impossible.
Hi fedupken, I like the name, could you get in touch with specialist in sted of doctor explain to receptionist what's going on or try A&E, thats the trouble a lot of doctors are making mastakes but it's the pacients who suffer,. Good luck whatever you decide.
Hello and thanks for posting on the forum,
I am sorry to hear that you have recently had such a big operation. This must be a difficult time for you.
Your surgery sounds like it was quite extensive and some people do have pain for sometime after surgery. It can take a while for pain around the chest wall to settle down. The tissues are still repairing and it can take a good period of time for the nerves to fully recover. The doctors have got to balance the amount of painkillers you need with not making you too drowsy. It is important to try and get you fully mobile again.
You say that you should maybe have a chest xray. This may not help the doctors tell them what is going on. It maybe a case of adjusting your pain killers. It is important that you continue to let the doctors know if the pain is not getting any better. I am not sure if you have a CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist). If you have it might be a good idea to ring and let them know.
I do hope that the pain eases soon. If you would like to give us a ring to talk this through please do so. The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.