Does anyone post OHS have sternum pain when sitting from lying down with no pain? I am 8 weeks post OHS and I feel like when I'm lying down all my muscles and nerves in my chest are at rest. When I sit up, oh Lord, gravity takes hold and my muscles and nerves feel like they are rolling across the sterum wires. Takes a minute for that feeling to stop. Anyone feel this?
So, according to the people at my surgeon's office at almost 7 weeks post OHS I should not be having pain or any discomfort for that matter. They scheduled me a return visit to do an incision check and have a CT done to check sternum wires. Funny thing is it's in 2 weeks. I may not have any issues by then. The FNP said the possibilities why I am having discomfort could be from
1. broken wire
2. preexisting arthritis in my sterum area
3. I could need PT
4. stay in cardiac rehab and just take it slower. I tend to agree with #4. A lot of people are not in the category as everyone else. Maybe I need longer than 6 weeks to have no discomfort.
Well, I heard back from FNP at my surgeon's office. She said at 6 weeks post OHS I should be able to do all at cardiac rehab without any pain around my incision or the muscles in my chest. Wants to me to make an appt with them for wound check and have an xray of my sternum to see why I'm still having pain and discomfort.
I am 6 weeks and 4 days post OHS and not sure whether I'm ready to use hand weights just yet. I still have pain across the muscles in my chest, under my left arm and in the incision area doing some light things around home. Also, the upper half of my incision still has a scab. When do the restrictions usually come off and you use weights?
I'm not sure how I'm suppose to look at 6 weeks post op. Everyone I've seen recently, even people I don't know, say how great I look. Even my color is good. I asked one person did I look that bad before my surgery and that I didn't have any cosmetic work done while my heart was being worked on. I am grateful for the compliments but do they assume if you have OHS you should look sickly?
Well all my activities of the week have finally caught up with me today. Woke up with soreness under my left arm, shoulder and in the muscles around my incision. I haven't had any of this all week. Today is going to be rest and relax day. Got to slow down.
I am 5 weeks post ohs and today I may have over did it.
1. cardiac rehab assessment
2. lunch with hubby and my son and daughter-in-law.
3. Washed, peeled, cut up up a few tomatoes from hubby's garden. Bagged and froze.
4. Drained 10 gallon fish aquarium with siphon tube. Hubby dumped the bucket. Then I replaced water one gallon at a time.
5. Helped wash, blanch and bag 11 quarts of green beans from hubby garden.
I did have a short rest before dinner but now exhausted. I hope I don't hurt tomorrow.
Is it my imagination or isn't this site for heart valve patients? I think we've been invaded by ads and people selling things
Irritation from clothing
Journal posted on July 28, 2018
4 weeks post op and my incision is still covered by scabs. The skin around it is so sensitive I can hardly stand to touch it. I wear low cut shirts at home but when I'm out I wear shirts to cover my incision. Does anyone have the issue of everything that touches the incision area irritates it, even air blowing on it? Any ideas how to deal with this?
Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since my aortic valve replacement. I still have some sternum and incision pain. Sometimes laying on my loveseat, I need help sitting up due to an awful pain near the bottom of my incision. It is do bad sometimes I don't want to move. Tylenol does nothing for my pain. Recovery is going slow due to not sleeping much. I'm not giving up though.
Last night was my most awful night of trying to sleep. I went back and forth from bed to recliner. I changed pillows and positions almost all night. The issue is pain on the left side of my tailbone. I haven't found any relief. I'm so miserable. Today Hubby got me a cushion that's suppose to relieve pressure off the coccyx bone. I pray it helps me find relief!!
I'm finding more compassion from the person on this site that I don't know than I am family and friends. I've been home since Monday and my brother nor my sister has even contacted me or Jim about how I'm doing. Other family members that live close by haven't visited yet. We haven't even heard from our pastor of all people. I guess other priorities. I remember growing up families and friends caring more than this. What has happened to people....
Today is 9 days since OHS and I finally found more than a couple hours here and there of sleep last night. I started out in the recliner watching a movie. The recliner is beginning to become uncomfortable even with the many, many pillows I use. I have been going back and forth from the recliner to my bed about every couple hours but last night after watching the movie I moved to my bed. It felt so good. Before I knew it the sun was barely coming through the blinds. I could not believe it was 5:45. I had slept almost 6 hours without waking up. Thank you, Jesus. Sleep was what I had needed and finally found.
Judy looks good, but doesn't really feel that way. Her skin has a good color. The doctor came through and said today will likely be her worst day. She was just transferred out of the CTICU into the CICU. She was about to try walking and she had a sudden slight blood pressure drop. It came right back up when they gave her some albumin. Apparently, her lasix or furosemide was taking out a little more fluid than was being replaced. But , then they put her walking off for a little while, probably a few hours. Otherwise, it seems to be going quite well. Thank for your continued support for her. I'll continue to update you as i can, until Judy can get back to it again. Sincerely, Jim Shaw
Judy's surgery went smoothly today thank God. There were no complications. The doctor said her heart loves the new valve. Her breathing tube was removed a few hours after surgery. She is uncomfortable, but took some oral pain meds and is fading in and out. Thank you for being there with your kind support, words, thoughts and prayers and in helping her to work through this chapter in her life with increased preparedness, understanding and encouragement. You will be hearing from her soon.
I went to see my Ophthalmologist today to have my eye pressure checked. All was good. Well after reading some comments on here about blurred vision after surgery I mentioned it. He said some people do. He had been called to see a patient after their heart surgery whose vision was gone completely after waking up. He said it must have gotten better because he didn't require a follow-up. Lord, that would scare me to death!!!!
To all of you who are having surgery on Monday may God's grace be with you before, during and after your surgery. May His light continue to shine on you through your recovery.
So I have my pre-op tomorrow with no surgery date. Guess I'll find out when surbing this appt since pre-care is also tomorrow.
I have a lost of questions to ask the surgeon about my aortic valve replacement but so far it's a short list. Can anyone share with me what you think are great questions you would ask???
I have spent too many hours to count in surgery waiting rooms and hospital rooms while taking care of my husband. In the 15 years we've been married he has had 16 surgeries not to mention 20+ kidney stones. He was so sick yesterday and last night he really should have went to the ER. Better today but still some pain. My mind keeps thinking Lord what will we do if something happens after my heart surgery and he ends up sick and he can't take care of me nor I him.....