I have recently been asked "How long does it hurt after". Well, it's been a while and my memory has given me a gift by forgetting a lot of those kinds of details!! But the softened version was quite honestly. . .well, it hurt like hell(haha) seriously.
But lets skip through it all kinda quickly the days after the surgery I was pretty drugged up (Thank Goodness) I was sedated to keep me calm with the vent in my mouth and down my throat! The pain afterward was controlled by medications quite well. When I was sent home I was sent home on some pain meds which I supplemented with Tylenol. Within about 4 months post transplant I was off pain meds for the most part and just took Tylenol.
Now I am going to look at the reality of the day to day pain I still have. Nothing too serious, but I do have pain in my chest across my sternum where my chest was wired shut. . .I can actually feel the wire. I have wondered if there is a great bra design that would help that. Bra wires put pressure right on my sternum. Also I get tender nerve pain where my tube incisions are on my ribs. I also have back pain and headaches which I think might be from meds. Who knows and it's all so minor that it doesn't effect my day to day life too much. But it's worth talking about because I do have some pain/discomfort and it's almost been 3 years. I get a tight restricted feeling when I fill my lungs to the max with air. . .like my ribcage feels tight, along my 17" scar but it's not really pain.
Anyone post transplant is invited to share their experience of pain post transplant as a comment! I would be interested to hear from you.
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