Julie in SoCal

Pain between shoulder blades?

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Greetings Friends,

I'm a month out of successful VATs lobectomy (upper left lobe).  I still have the weird tight feeling in my ribs, and a bit of sensitive skin below my ribs.  These I understand are a result of the chest tube and will eventually go away.

What I don't quite understand is a pain I have between my shoulder blades.  I'm assuming it's VATs related, yes?  Sometimes it hurts a lot (like now) sometimes not at all.  Am I doing something to aggravate something?

Thanks for your help,

Julie

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Julie,

I had a lot of surgeries in 2004 and a lot of pain in strange places after.  I drove my wife and surgeon nuts but my surgeon wanted me to report all pain events and their early "practice portal" on line system proved invaluable.  My wife would sign on to the portal and jot down a couple of sentences reporting my new symptom and that evening or the next, we'd have an answer.  

On one occasion, it was report to the immediately to the emergency room so these communications were vital.  Does your surgeon have this type of communication portal?  

Stay the course.

Tom

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No.  I can call and text, but there's no direct way of reporting all this strangeness.

I'll see him on Monday, and will definitely ask him about it.  Just wondering if this was normal.

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Julie, I don't remember experiencing much pain between my shoulder blades after VATs. I did and still do have some numbness and discomfort in the area where the tube was. If is concerning to you though run it by your doc.

 

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I had pain after surgery between my shoulder blades because I couldn't handle wearing the bras I had in my drawer. I started wearing a bra for mastectomy patients and got the support I needed without underwires and that pain eased.

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Thank you Snowflake! This is encouraging to hear. Your signature tag lines are also amazing! 

Thanks again,

Julie

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