In january I started getting extreme pulling sensations in my ribs in the lower front side, then pain like my lung was being ripped out of my chest. I had a thoracotomy 11 years ago and ive been told that I have scar tissue irretating the nerve that runs along the rib. I'm being treated in a pain clinic with intercostal nerve blocks using steroids and god knows what else. I've been treated for pluracy and have had an mri of my thoracic and cervical spine. Bone spurs were found but the dr's say they can't see any pinching of the nerve so they have cleared my spine. A ct scan just shows scar tissue and they can't see any nerve entraptment. When I start doing anything strenueos the muscle under my arm pit must be hardening and the scar tissue seems to be pushing on the nerve. It is overwelming pain that makes me nauseous and overtakes my upper trunk and shoulder area. I am basically disabled on my right side. They will do injections for another month but I have not improved after already completing 7 weeks of injections. They tell me to be patient but i'm wondering if this treatment is the right thing. The muscle spasms after the injections are almost unbearable! Has anybody out there experienced anything like this and do you have any advice if this injection therapy does not work? Also they say they can burn the nerve out but it will grow back and i'll have to deal with this again so the muscle should be repaired. They say surgery to remove the scar tissue is not an option. Help! I'm only 47 and need to get better to support my family. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
I have learned that anytime you have surgery you end up with scar tissue so if they open you up again, you'll have more scar tissue later on. My surgeon did two neck surgeries on me, he wanted to do another neck surgery but decided against it due to the same reason(scar tissue). I had a hysterectomy about 1998 and ended up with scar tissue their too.
My pain management Dr. Told me that sometimes it can take anywhere from 7to10 nerve blocks, he gave me two nerve blocks, they did not do anygood so he decided not to do anymore, I think it is all about money anymore!
Well I do hope you get to feeling better soon! I do understand what pain is, I live with everyday! I sure hope you are not pulling muscles and end up getting a hernia lifting stuff!
I realize that $$ may still be an issue but i'd check out alternative therapies - homeopathy, naturopathy, accupuncture etc. Try google.Com & query under say solutions to scar tissue pain or thoracotomy scar tissue & go from there. Some natural supplements might be worth looking for too - like shark cartilefe etc is good for arthritis there may be something that could help you.
My boyfriend had a thoracotomy in October of 2004. He has also had a lot of pain, even now in August 2010. I bought him a "Light Relief" device about 2 years ago that was advertised in an infomercial. It has helped quite a bit in managing the pain. If he used it every day, I'm sure that he would have even more relief. If you do an internet search for this product, I'm sure that you can find it. I hope this helps you. God bless.