5 weeks ago I underwent VATS surgery to remove a small lung carcinoid. No follow up treatment is necessary (thank goodness!) I was told that I would be able to resume my 'regular schedule' 48 hours after the surgery! Well, that hasn't happened! I work in an elementary school, as well as teach workout classes. I haven't been back to either! I still have back pain in and around the incisions, and 3 days ago developed an agonizing pain in my left pectoral muscle! For some reason, it hurts most if I lie on my right side!! Taking a deep breath is also quite painful! I understand that the surgeon had to cut thorugh muscle and nerves, as well as separate ribs, and that the healing process can take some time, but I assumed the pain would subside by now, especially since I was in great shape before the surgery. My skin and ribs are super sensitive, and even wearing an oversized t-shirt, without a bra, is very uncomfortable.
I've read in other posts here that some of you had this surgery years ago, and are still dealing with the aftermath. Is there anyone out there who has a more positive story, or are we all doomed to face the rest of our lives in pain?!
Thank you for reading this and responding.