I had a right open radical nephrectomy Feb 5, 2009, and still experience considerable discomfort/pain in the flank/back area, especially when laying down. My sleep has been terribly affected. Often I have to resort to taking 2 Darvocet. My doctor tells me "that space is still filling in because you had a very large tumor". He also reminds me of the muscles they had to cut to get to the tumor. Incidentally, my tumor was quite large at 10cm. I am becoming very discouraged re the pain/discomfort -- tonight I have been up since 4:15am.
I am interested in hearing from someone who has experienced this, and what was done as well as the outcome