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Chest pain 8 weeks post op

Chest pain post aortic valve replacement

I am eight weeks post valve replacement. I have had pain in my back just below my scapula for a few weeks. For the past few days I also have it in my left side radiating to my underarm.

It is worse if I take a deep breath. It does come and go and is worse in the evening when I am sitting

Also keeps me awake.

I am doing cardiac rehab should I stop

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I assume that cardiac rehab is with the nurses and not on your own. If it’s with the nurses, talk to them and get their advice before stopping - I think you can ring them . If you are doing this on your own, I think a trip to the GP might be in order. As with everyone, if it gets worse dial 999.

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It is with the nurses. I know I have a fractured rib. I had pain last week after rowing machine and I feel this is may be associated with the movements on this. I will ring them later today. It is impossible to get a GP appointment.

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Should you be on a rowing machine with a fractured rib?

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Errr. I think that’s be a big NO!

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Hi Nanny, if you haven't already tell the rehab team about the rib. You should not be on a rowing machine with it as you'll be using all the muscles around it. Keep to a bike, treadmill and walking, chest and stomach exercises are banned.

Hope you get better soon

Mark

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I did tell them I had a fractured rib confirmed on x-ray but they still put me on the rower.

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I had back pain but mine was an infection but I walked about a lot the day I got home

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Had to give in and visit gp. Crackly lungs. Tells me it is pleurisy. Antibiotics and check temperature daily.

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Make sure it is completely clear after you’ve finished your antibiotics, my colleague had pleurisy and she’s on her third lot of antibiotics now.

Take care of yourself.

Wendy

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It sounds a bit like how I was feeling when they diagnosed my pulmonary embolism in December. Breathing made the pain worse. I would try to get in touch with your consultant. I really hope you start to feel better soon xx

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