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Lung Cancer lower right lobe of lung-Thorocotomy

snickers63
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Joined: Feb 2014

I had a thorocotomy in November of 2012,with the lower lobe of my right lung removed. I was in ICU for 12 days. The surgery went well, no complications that I was told of, but, the pain from the surgery has not diminished . I have gone thru all of the required rehabs. Pulmonary,as well as, physical. Also had 2 nerve blocks done , and a thorcentisis. Nothing stops the pain, uncluding every imaginable pain medication. I am pretty active, walking my  dog, cleaning the house, doing yard work, ( can't shovel snow or mow the lawn ) but the pain stays. Somedays it is so bad I have terrible difficulty breathing. I would love to know if anyone else has or is experiencing these symptoms, and, what you are doing for relief. Thanks For Listening.

dennycee
Posts: 658
Joined: Mar 2011

Have you investigated less traditional pain treatments?  There are a couple of people in my support group that have had good results with accupuncture.   

dennycee
Posts: 658
Joined: Mar 2011

Also, I've had good pain relief from Fentanyl patches.  Have you tried morphine or methadone yet?   If there is a Palliative Care physician in your hospital they are very good at dealing with this type of issue.  Please don't confuse them with hospice, the palliative care is about symptom management.  

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