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A 42-year-old member asked:

What can be done to ease chest wall pain after surgery?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Narcotic analgesics: Acutely, narcotics, administered by patient controlled analgesia (pca) pump is the commonly used approach. Morphine, dilaudid, and Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) are most commonly used. After the first few days, oral analgesics like vicodin or Percocet are usually used. Mechanical manipulation of the forming scar by well trained occupational therapists can be helpful for sub-acute or chronic pain after surgery.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Multiple: Early: intravenous pain meds oral pain meds, narcotics early and nsaids later we use some local injections, or pain infusers in some folks after specific operations.

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What are the tests for chest wall pain?

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We have to be: Careful, about possible cardiac origin, if that was addressed the second will be x-ray, cat scan and nerve block. This usually address most of the issues.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes chest wall pain?

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Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Chest wall pain: Chest wall pain is very common ie with lifting or straining. Costochondritis defines an area of pain and inflammation on the breast bone area. Sometimes a late sequela of a pulmonary infection. The worst cause would be pulmonary infarct causing pleurisy or pain worse with breathing.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can cause chest wall pain?

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Virus: Often times it is viral in nature but you need an ekg to rule out any cardiac problems or lung issues. Some people get asthmatic and later have chest wall pain. Chronic coughing from bronchitis, smoking, and other lung irritations can cause this as well.
Last updated Jun 30, 2014


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