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Open Heart Surgery: Post-op pain

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I had open heart surgery 8 months ago and I still having pain. Is this normal? I have like a tightness in the left and right side. My heart doctor said it was inflammation. Can inflammation cause pain like this. And I usually hurt more of an evening, come my winding down time. Sometimes I have pain during the day too but its mostly at night. I am very concerned and nervous about anything now as when they found my anurism they just happened to find it when I went to the doctor for a kidney infection and then they also discovered I had a bi-cuspid valve so now I have a mechanical one. Please if you could be of any help I would appreciate it. Thanks- Michelle

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replied December 14th, 2006
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Usually any inflammation is followed by pain. An aneurism with no symptoms is usually discovered accidentally. Aneurisms cause symptoms when a blood vessel ruptures, which is life threatening. Lucky for you that your aneurism was discovered before its rupture. You didn’t describe clearly the problem with your bicuspid valve but it seems that it was treated professionally. You can take aspirin to reduce the pain and inflammation. You should consult your cardio-surgeon again about the pain that your are experiencing as tightness in the right and left side of the torso.
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