I had the upper portion of my left lung removed on Dec 28. Was discharged from the hospital on Jan 2, had several small episodes where the muscle would spasm in the diaphram area, creating a stabbing pain and make if feel like I'd had the wind knocked out of me and I couldn't get a breath until the spasms subsided.
After arriving home I realized that it wasn't as simple as I had anticipated (I'm a bilateral below knee amputee) in transferring as I usually do. I couldn't get off of the toilet without causing spasms and they intensified to the point where I had a panic attack along with the spasm because of the intense pain and not being able to breathe (lasted about 5 - 8 min). We ended up calling 911 in the middle of the night, I couldn't move without the spasms recurring and the pain was intense. The muscle would twitch in between the spasms, occasionally triggering a spasm that'd feel like a knife stick and take my breath (I'd also let out a reflexive yell). The doctor believes that it's a nerve cut during the surgery and is irritated, triggering the muscle to spasm. The worst was in the ER, even after having an IV placed and being administered morphine, tramadol, flexeril, and valium! It lasted 10 -15 minutes and was more painful than childbirth (louder too!). The entire ordeal was so horrifying and I was wondering if anyone else had a similar experience.
I'm currently home again and on oxycodone, valium, flexeril, and methocarbamol. I still get occasional spasms but much more mild, the muscle also occasionally twitches and I take some flexeril.
So scary!! I'd appreciate any feedback anyone has!