I want to ask the community if any of you have experienced severe shoulder pain and pain under your (left ) clavicle post surgery? I have linked it to the huge tube that goes in our neck. This pain comes and goes, depending on what I have done. I am not 3 months post surgery and I was tensely driving in the rain, in the dark on a very narrow highway with lots of construction for about 45 minutes one week ago and it flared that pain up again. Curious to hear what others say. I am doing PT exercises for my left shoulder which help that pain but initially, I was really frightened by the pain. (I was placed on my left side and shoulder during my surgery due to having robotic assisted surgery through my right side of my body)
Got some answers today from my heart surgeon regarding my high resting heart rate. People who are athletes or who are in their 20's, 30's and 40's typically have a high resting heart rate after mitral valve surgery. This will last 6-9 months. Since I have LBP, I am not a candidate for a beta blocker, according to my surgeon and that is fine with me. I just wanted to know that I was "normal" and that my heart wouldn't suffer any damage as a result of having this high resting heart rate.
On one of the many beautiful roof top decks in Pittsburgh, PA!
Update posted on...
July 30, 2020
I am just shy of being 6 weeks post mitral valve repair surgery. Prior to surgery, my resting heart rate was between 55 and 65. My new resting heart rate is about 100. I find this very annoying and am wondering if/when things will calm down. Does anyone know?