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A 59-year-old female asked:

i had thoracic surgery 3 years ago. i am still having severe pain at night in shoulder and hand still swells. i use ice packs at night to help reduce ?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Witt
Anesthesiology 45 years experience
Shoulder & hand pain: Believe it or not, this used to be called "shoulder-hand syndrome". It is now called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome type II. It is challenging to treat and I recommend seeing a Board Certified pain specialist. Drugs such as Neurontin and Cymbalta (duloxetine) can be helpful as well as physical therapy and other modalities as well.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
When was the last: You went in for follow up? Having severe pain on the shoulder and swelling of the hand warrants a visit to your doctor. Something may have developed . This may not be related to your thoracic surgery three years ago.
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Not primary therapy: If the swelling and pain are related to the surgery, three years is a long time to still have symptoms. Concentrating only on the hand swelling and shoulder pain, you should have an x-ray of the shoulder (if not already done), as well as arm elevation and forearm and hand compression during the day. Otherwise, a pain specialist may be of benefit.

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