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Post lobectomy pain management?


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Greetings all,

 

I had my right upper lobe removed at MD Anderson in June of last year, everything went well. It was stage 1 and I have the 70% survival rate. I was extremely scared before surgery because I had my prostate removed in April of 2013 and that recovery was a lot worse than I imagined. Anyway, for the lobectomy they used a pain management that numbed my entire chest cavity for like 3 or 4 days, they did not give me any pain medication until the 4th day and that was hydrocodone and I used it for 2 weeks post surgery, I didn't really need it I just liked it. They told me what it was then but I don't remember, and I'd like to know, does anyone here know? Thanks for all replies.

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Randy, Thanks for asking. I'm doing ok. I have been having some pain and numbness in my arms when i sleep after I wired my daughter's house back in Nov. I probably worked too hard for only 4 month post surgery. I was wondering if perhaps the exparel contributed to it. i called MD Anderson and ask and they said probably not, and suggested I see a neurologist, which I will. Other than that i'm ok, but but as any person who has or had cancer more than once, your first thought when something doesn't seem right is, what's next?

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