I haven't posted for quite a while as we've been very busy at work.
I've had a clicking sternum ever since my 3xCABG in April 2008 and assumed that it would get no worse and that I would learn to live with it (see my earlier posts on the subject)
However, recently it has been getting worse in that it's become painful and intrusive into my life - people around me can hear it clicking when I exert myself and I am getting disturbed sleep because of it. Sometimes I swear my sternum has moved up in my chest and the collar-bone joints are quite 'knobbly' and pushing on my throat arteries.
Anyway last week I went back to the hospital for a review and they told me that ALL the clips have broken, the sternum is in at least four distinct pieces and that, yes, the tension from the collar bones is pulling the sternum open at the top and it IS moving upwards towards my throat.
To cut a long story short, they need to re-operate to expose the sternum from the front, remove the damaged wires if possible and then use plastic or steel plates and screws to anchor together the various parts of the bone.
It's not as serious an operation as the CABG, since they won't actually open the chest up, they'll try to do everything from the outside.
So, guys and gals, am feeling a bit low, waiting for a date for the op and trying not to do any more damage.
Advice to all - please don't overdo things early on in your recovery - give the sternum a chance to heal and become strong before you expose it to any lateral stresses
I know what I did wrong first time around and I'm pretty damn sure Iwon't be doing it again this time !!
Regards to all