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2.5 months ago I had single bypass surgery. Along with the bypass, I needed a pericardial window. The chest tube for the window was placed between ribs. That chest tube seems to have compressed some nerves pertaining to my left arm (same side as the tube). As I write this it feels like I've been struck on ever pressure point in my arm. This pain comes and goes, an hour ago, 0 pain. Only thing that changed in that hour was posture in my chair. I can feel a stabbing pain at the site where the tube was as well. Pain is made worse on inhalation. No movements I can figure make the pain better or worse. Light massage of the tube site does nothing. I used to associate this same feeling with muscle tension under my left shoulder blade prior to the surgeries, though much less intense, caused tension headaches.


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replied October 6th, 2019
Muscular and Nerve Disorders Answer A65277
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
This is due to impingement of small nerves.
I would suggest you gabapentin.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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