I have been reluctant to talk about this for obvious reasons, but this morning I decided to let all of you know that something is not right with my open heart surgery, done on April 25.
No matter who I talk to about what's going on, the answer is always the same: "It's normal." Well, it's not normal to me.
What I'm encountering is best described as a failure to heal. Inside my chest, toward the bottom third of my incision, BEHIND MY RIB CAGE is still painful a full four+ months after the surgery.
It encompasses the area of my diaphragm and about three to four inches around that diaphragm.
To this very moment, if I cough or sneeze, I get substantial pain in that area. It's as though the healing somehow stopped and that surgical pain is not halting.
To put this in perspective, I am NOT taking any pain meds for it. Not even aspirin, ibuprophen, or tylenol. It's not a terrible pain and it only happens when I sneeze or cough. But when it happens, OH BOY!
Personally, I think there is some type of infection taking place, although I have no redness outside, no tenderness to external touch, and no fever or sweats. I'm thinking fungal.
But the docs all tell me the same thing: It will get better, you just need more time. Well, I think that's bullshit. The rest of me healed. I have no pain anywhere else. Why is this particular area still painful?
I mean, for goodness sake, other than traumatic BRAIN injury, I do not know of any part of the human body that takes four+ months to heal.
So I'm in a quandary. I feel that something is wrong, the docs say it's normal and I think it isn't. What to do?