Something is "not right" with my heart surgery

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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?

 

 

 

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    TSlinger · 1 months ago
    Doctor$ and ho$pital$ will f'ing kill you. I'm not being facetious. A lot of doc's care, sure, but are led naively by the nose by "medicine"- which is ALL about profit. Artificial, disease sustaining (side effects) chemicals that are not meant to cure. Due your OWN due diligence. I pray the Lord sheds wisdom to you on this. $.02
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    leszek fiutowski · 1 months ago
    Forget a colloidal silver and get a second opinion at a good university cardiovascular center. Also have them refer you to infectious disease specialist in the system with experience in dealing with this kind of wound. You probably need CRP blood test to see how much inflammation there is and possibly a nuclear scan . Doctors will always say it will get better to temporize when they do not want to deal with the situation. The wound should be healed by now. With wound dehiscence (nonhealing) the first thing you need to worry about is wound infection. Sometimes a second operation is needed when there is post-operative infection in the sternum.
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    Paul Lambert · 1 months ago
    I am not an expert in medicine, so please take this for what it is worth, and I am not going to offer any specific advice. However, having lived in four different countries, all with socialised medicine, I can say that while you might not be able to get a degree in medicine, everyone should learn some basic anatomy and physiology (there are "Teach-yourself" books in the field) if for no other reason than so you can develop some kind of intuitive knowledge and be able to detect ring of truth or to identify total error when doctors and surgeons tell you things, and you can make a more informed opinion. I have always lived under socialism, and nothing is cheaper than human life under that system. It is far cheaper to let people die than to treat and cure people properly. Medical decisions need to be based on an informed two-way discussion between doctor and patient. Knowing about physiology will at least allow you to ask the right questions.

    Now, I know the United States does not (yet) have universal socialised medicine, but it has been regulated to the extreme that it might as well be. Your condition, Hal, having cost your insurance company 455,000 dollars due to the fact the company is also forced to pay the hospital for all those people not responsible enough to get insurance/take care of their own health in the first place, will produce an impetus where it in the long run it will be cheaper to let you die than to treat you. Dead people don't complain. The living go on voting for free stuff. The state lives on, while you die.

    The more informed a patient is, the more knowledgeable medical decisions he can make.
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    Grim · 1 months ago
    As said below by Mizpah, get some good colloidal/ionic silver Hal. You are probably suffering from either a Candida or MRSA infection that you acquired in the hospital, because those places are almost all contaminated these days. My wife came home after skin grafts from burns she got in a house fire several years ago. She had a MRSA infection underneath her skin grafts and the doctors said she was probably going to lose some of them and have to get new grafts. We removed her from the hospital, began giving her the silver and also used a topical silver cream and the infection was gone in less than two weeks. You do have to consume lots of pro-biotics while on the silver though, because like normal anti-biotics, the silver will kill some of the good bacteria in your gut, which must be replaced.
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      Grim · 1 months ago
      Oh and btw, just in case what you have is a case of Candida, you should immediately cut out anything and everything sugar and carbohydrates. Anything that is sugar or becomes sugar during digestion will feed the Candida and make it spread.
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        Paul Lambert · 1 months ago
        We should probably do all that anyway, right? Cutting out carbs. I can only speak of my own experience. Since I have cut them out I felt an immediate improvement. I lost weight quickly and my blood sugar levels are close to normal. I can only imagine that most others would have the same experience.
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        Mizpah J Pruitt · 1 months ago
        I ended up in the emergency room with diverticulitis..they gave me cipro...which I will
        not ever take. I got on the silver and with in 2 weeks..it cleared up.
        My husband gets sinus infections in his gums..and he hits the garlic heavy( garlic is great) ..but this
        time..it didn't finish clearing up..and went to the silver and now it is gone.
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          Grim · 1 months ago
          Yes, silver, garlic and oil of oregano are our *go to* remedies here.
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    Gifford Rodine · 1 months ago
    Maybe it is time for a second opinion. I'll email some information.
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    Mizpah J Pruitt · 1 months ago
    Hi Hal, have you thought about taking colloidal silver? If you have infection that can take care
    of it. We have used it for infections when other stuff did not work.
    From one website...https://healthiertalk.com/colloidal-silver-oral-health-and-heart-health-0509/
    "In cases of injuries, infection or following surgery, many experienced colloidal silver users recommend taking up to 10 spoonfuls throughout the day for one week. This increased dosage should quickly destroy any destructive pathogens and speed recovery."
    mizzy
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      TSlinger · 1 months ago
      Amen. Also- lots of garlic- as raw as possible. And for God's sake- cut out or waaay down the sugar, breads, pastas, starches, and mass-produced GMO oils (soy/canola) and artificial sweeteners. I'm guessing candida overgrowth and I am certain thee is inflammation caused by the previously mentioned items/staples.
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        BriteRED · 1 months ago
        I love raw garlic ...... a good cracker, little butter and fresh cut garlic.