Two years ago, I had an aortic valve repaired. The operation was successful and I recovered. However, now two years later, my cardiologist is saying that I have stenosis and might need to have another surgery. I really don't want to have another open heart surgery. I am bummed.
I continue to experience neck and shoulder pain. I went to the doctor and they did chest x-rays and it didn't show anything. The pain can be quite acute, it is mainly an ache that just throbs and hurts if I take a deep breathe or if I cough or yawn. The doctor said it might be a pinched nerve from the operating table. However, this pain has not been ongoing since August. It started about the time that I went back to work. If anyone has had this type of pain, please let me know. In the meantime, I am taking pain pills when it is present. It is not a daily pain. It seems to come and go.
I have been back to work for 5 weeks now. It has been a little tiring but, I am feeling better daily. I still am taking Tylenol PM at night. It really helps me to sleep through the night. I can sit up pretty good now. I still have to roll a little to sit up but, mainly I can sit up and I can stoop to tie my shoes. They say it is the little things:> I am exercising on my treadmill about two or three days per week. I usually go about 20 minutes. I think that I am well on my way to a complete recovery. I have read that around 3 months depression is common. I will let you know if that happens. I feel pretty good. Also the scar from the "zipper" is not too noticeable. It just looks like extra cleavage :>
Today marks four weeks post surgery. I am able to drive, walk for long distances, and basically about anything I want to do. I feel great. I will be returning to work in a week. My incision is good and my chest pain is minimal. I take Tylenol PM at night to help with sleeping. Other than that I am not taking any pain medication.