Pain after Lung Biopsies

I had a VATS biopsies (3) of the right lung in May 2011. I am still having major pain when I take a deep breath and especially when I yawn. My pulmonologist does not seem to be concerned. He says everyone he knows that has had a lung biopsy has pain when the weather changes. Is there anyone out there that is still suffering from a lot of pain 8 monthts after the biopsies? Mine gets so bad I have almost gone to the emergency room and am taking pain pills to survive the day and night.

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Had the same thing after having had bronchoscopy, ct guided biopsy and ct scans and pet scat etc, the vat was the worst had tube for 30 days after procedure 45 days out now and feeling much better hard to shake feeling of tube and anxiety surrounding constant fluid flow till it is a ways behind you also felt like tube was still there 10 days after removal . This is a difficult disease( immune response ) to deal with I still dont know how it will turn out I have had lung and other respiratory things going on for 3 years but did not have a clue what was happening ( no insurance ) till it was identified spending the money now cause it had become unmanegable ek

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I think he,s wrong I had that procedure and had NO pain

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When in doubt, seek a second opinion.

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I had a lung biopsy in May of last year. I still have chest pain. It actually started after the biopsy.
Your's sounds worse than mine though. I can get by with aspirin. I think pain should be taken seriously.
Angela

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I had my lung biopsies in October 2010 did not notice any lung pain. I do get chest tightness when the humidity dew point goes up in the summer and also in the bitter cold of winter. Using my inhaler about 15 minutes before going outside helps and a face mask in winter keeps the bitter cold out

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Any incision whether it be for a thoracotomy or smaller incisions for a VATS are very close to the diaphragm which is used to breath. Each time you inhale, you are involving the diaphragm and that irritates your incisions. Because you are constantly irritating your incisions with each breath, the incisions take longer to heal. Until they are completely healed, you will have pain.

Try to splint the areas where the incisions are with a very soft pillow. This will help to decrease the pain and you will not inhale as deeply as you would without the pillow so it will not cause as much pain.

Just the fact that each inhalation causes pain makes you hyper sensitive and you will focus on the pain more than with any other incision that does not involve the diaphragm. Of course, JMHO!

Hope this is helpful.

BTW, I think your surgeon is ridiculous.

hz&Sam:)

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Oops, used to breathe, not "breath." JMHO, but have seen this technique helpful with most postoperative patients.

hz&Sam:)

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My needle biopsies were in May of 08 and the pain on the right side finally dissipated this year. The left side over my heart has not resolved.

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