I am into the third month of recovery from the big slice. I feel like this surgery has changed my life. For the worse. I have been online almost weekly trying to find out about this thing that has happened to my body. Symptoms of "other than" kidney issues plague me. There is NOTHING out there except stories from others who are going through the same things as you...kind of. First let me say I am a 5%er which means I am the very lucky 5 percent who present a tumor such as mine that is not cancer.For that I humble in the presence of those of you who have the extra burden of a diagnosis of cancer. Right now if I were to produce a cough I would be knocked off my feet with the pain it causes. This week it is my ribs that run my life last week it was the bulge of sliced muscles in my side. I am not a week person and I think I tolerate pain as well as the average person. To me what I feel in unreasonable, my Doctor is only mildly concerned, I assume, since he has not spoken to me directly.I will see him next week and hope that it "heals itself" what ever "it" is. there should be a book, a newsletter, a hint , of all the things you may feel after an open nephrectomy.My list: depression, numbness in surgery area, a feeling of fullness, constipation, insomnia, pain when lying down, pain when sitting, the feeling that something has been added not removed. the bulge..THE BULGE! extra inches to you waist line, pain pain pain.