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Q: I had Lung Surgery the middle of january..I was told it is nerve pain....

Could you please tell me if this is permanent or will it go away in time? The Dr has me on Lyrica 50mg and Ibuprophen and Lortab as needed every 4 to 6 hours...Nothing seems to make this pain go away..Do you think if the Dr made the Lyrica stronger it would work better or not? Please i need someone to tell me what would take this pain away other then the alternative..I cant stand this pain much longer...Thank you

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Joan Warren, Community Member
11/20/10 5:32pm

i just want an answer why I still have pain three weeks after VAT lung surgery  when I was told I would be able to even drive after two weeks -- not i'm so debilitated with pain I don't know what to do.

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Cecilia LeCara, Community Member
5/17/11 12:00am

I had lung surgery in each lung 8 years ago.  I also had chemo, which started 3 weeks after the first surgery.  I gave myself two years to heal.  After the two years I had such acute pain in my rib area, I couldn''t drive or do anything.  My oncologist gave up on helping me with pain after trying some pain meds.  I went to an accupunturist and she helped with the acute pain.  I would give that pain level a 10.  But I still continued to suffer from chronic pain 24/7 at a level of 7-9.  My surgeon and onocologist say I have no reason for this pain.  For almost 5 years I spent most of my time in bed, any kind of movement would cause me pain, and lots of tears because of the pain and loss of my regular life.  A little over 3 years ago I started going to the pain clinic associated with my hospital.  I also go to a pain therapist, which has helped a  lot too.  Over these past 3 years the pain Dr and I have tried all kinds of pain meds, including Lyrica.  Most of the pain meds did not help and most of them had side effects I couldn't function with.  I even had a neurostimulator put into my spine area.  I was so hopeful and excited about this.  I was off of pain meds for about 3 weeks and so excited.  But the stimulator didn't work and the pain was back as bad as before.  I kept the stimulator in for two years before having it removed.  Right now I am on a fairly low dose of percicette four times daily.  It barely helps but increaseing the percicette would give me too much tylinol.  The pain ingredient in percicette is supposidly the same as oxcodone, but oxcodone and oxycotin give me a constant headache.

 

I would love to know how you are doing, almost 2 years later. I hope you found something that gives you some relief from your pain, and I would love to know what worked for you.

 

The pain doctor and the pain therapist are wonderful to me and believe that I am in a lot of pain and are very compassionate.  My surgeon and oncologist acted like they didn't believe me and had no compassion.  I also found a antidepressant to be helpful.

 

If there is anyone out there with a similar condition and has found what to do to have a half way decent quality of life, I would love to hear from you.

 

Still searching in CT.

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