• mhc's Avatar

    Anyone recently had wedge resections (VATS)? Mine was 11/2012 and still have back pain. Is it muscle or nerve

    Asked by mhc on Friday, February 15, 2013

    Anyone recently had wedge resections (VATS)? Mine was 11/2012 and still have back pain. Is it muscle or nerve

    pain? Any suggestions to help this?

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I had radical surgery..12 inches both sides. Removal of my left upper lobe and lymp nodes in the center.The first few months had quite a bit of pain all over at diffrent times in diffrent places. The pain was sometimes in the ribs and sometimes in the muscle etc. I was told it takes a full year for everything to heal up. I would say that the majority of my pain 98% was resolved by 4-5 months out. but remeber its very important to exercise and stretch..Nothing to difficult and noting painful but the faster you get moving and moving all your muscles the better you will heal and recoup.

      about 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Hi, I also want to add since I have just read your profile that even though you are 1a you still should get mutation tested especially since you have survived three cancers. Not only will it help profile what kind of cancer Lung you have but it could open the door for a clinical trial and it help science. You see its more about the personality of the cancer and not so much where it started..Stage is very important but its more about the behavior of the cancer..Thats why we have reccurance at stage 1 but not at 3 lets say.go to the site "lets test now" print off that material and ask your onc for mutation testing. The results can help you determine what kind of cancer you have. For instance I am EGFR positive but in a mut for brain cancer and I am BRG1 also in brain and other cancers..There are several clinical trials for the BRG1 and we have drugs and trials for EGFR mutations so at least we have a plan should I have the cancer recur and my information has gone into a registry to help reserchers find a cure for the beast. You might have a mut that drives all of your cancers and there might be something to protect and help you. The mutation issue is complicated so go to the site print it off and take to your Onc. and at least discuss.

      about 4 years ago
    • mhc's Avatar
      mhc

      I have already tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation - that's why the breast and ovarian cancer (they even found a pre-melanoma skin cancer, which is also part of the gene mutation). However, lung cancer is not included. Think I have more than 1 mutation?

      about 4 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar
      LuvinSis

      If it's nerve based pain, nerves take a LONG time to health. So any surgery affecting nerves can be a long recovery.

      about 4 years ago
    • mary2436's Avatar
      mary2436

      Yes,,,,,ask your Doctor about the pain patch (.Fentaeyl Transdemal System Patch ]) It comes in the following. 225 mcg. 50, 75, 100mcg, the patches are changed every 72 hours or 3 days....
      the pain can be both nerves and muscle.. also they could've cut your rib bones during
      surgery.

      Good Luck

      about 4 years ago
    • mhc's Avatar
      mhc

      The pain is mostly on the opposite side from where they did the surgery. Also, when I take a deep breath, the muscles seem to hurt all the way around. Will the pain patch make me tired? Now I am taking Aleve, which does help a little.

      about 4 years ago
    • mary2436's Avatar
      mary2436

      Yes,,,,,ask your Doctor about the pain patch (.Fentaeyl Transdemal System Patch ]) It comes in the following. 225 mcg. 50, 75, 100mcg, the patches are changed every 72 hours or 3 days....
      the pain can be both nerves and muscle.. also they could've cut your rib bones during
      surgery.

      Good Luck

      about 4 years ago
    • Buttercup's Avatar
      Buttercup

      I had the last in August of 2012. I was still having back pain from the surgery done in Nov & Dec of 2010. The Doctor put me on Gabapentin for nerve pain and it helped a lot. I still take it at times because of pain in my chest and my back.

      about 4 years ago
    • mhc's Avatar
      mhc

      Thanks everyone, for your help.
      mhc

      about 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Remember if you take the pain patch you cannot drive. Its a narcotic. And there are other side effects.

      As for Mutation testing..They are now testing for over 200 mutations at least in Lung Cancer. Very soon over 1,000. Since you have fresh tissue from your Vats its a very good idea to do this now.

      about 4 years ago
    • mhc's Avatar
      mhc

      If both lung cancers were completely removed (they were very small) can someone please explain how testing for mutations helps?

      about 4 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy


    Read and answer more adenocarcinoma, lung cancer questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer page.