Had surgery why do I hurt so bad.

@granmeme (162)
United States
July 30, 2008 8:41am CST
I recently had surgery (carotid artery) the surgery went well but my problem was the anathestic. I think it is normal to feel miserable for a week or so but why was my back and chest hurting so bad I was in tears?and after two weeks my back and chest are still sore? I could not seem to get any answers from the Dr. When the anthologists came by to check on me I tried to question him but all they would say was they where just glad I was breathing. Felt to bad at the time to pursue it. Maybe some of you who are more knowledgeable than I am about these things could give me some insight in to this.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
30 Jul 08
Whenever I have had anaesthetic I always get a bad chest, always. It hurts after and then will turn into a cough. Not sure about your back though but it could be an affect of the anaesthetic. Also as mentioned above gas can be a major effect of anaesthetic and I always get pains in my shoulders which is down to trapped gas. I would have thought that you would have been given a care sheet about what effects you would likely suffer after an operation.
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
30 Jul 08
I'm wondering if they didn't pump you full of gas when you had surgery. They do that for certain surgeries. I don't know enough about what you had done to say whether or not that's the case. When I had abdominal surgery last year, they filled the abdomen with gas to extend it so they could work. But it takes several days to dissipate, which can be painful, as the gas travels to the shoulders and neck. It is normal to feel sluggish and off after having anesthesia. I would imagine that if you had surgery on your neck, you're going to feel pain in the neck, chest and upper back areas. If it's in any other place, I don't know. I'm glad you're breathing too. I hope you feel better soon.
@granmeme (162)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Thanks so much, yes it is good to finally start feeling normal. I now have to heal and than have the otherside done. Now that I know what happens I dread it.
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