Hi there, can anyone tell me if they have had surgery on the Thoracic spine around the T4 T5 area and if there post op pain is the same as I am having now. I was in pain before the surgery for around 8 years around the right rib area that would paralyze me in bed early morning and after 8 years of paying god knows how many different doctors here in New Zealand to tell me there is nothing wrong with me I payed a orthopaedic surgeon to get me a MRI (which I payed for also) to find a 4cm intradural schwannoma tumour pressing my spinal cord to the size of a shoe lace. I had a laminectomy on the T4 T5 to get the tumour removed and had what I thought was a good recovery in the hospital for seven days and then returned home for more recovery etc. Third week was able to drive and walk for up to two hours with my wife looking around the city etc thinking this is going well. Just after four weeks all the muscles around my spine were the surgery was done and under my shoulder blades started giving me a lot of pain as soon as I was getting out of bed. There was no pain in the muscles before the four weeks just were the surgery was done and the meds made this ok as I was going into this knowing that there would be quite a lot of pain from surgery. Can someone tell me if this is a normal part of the healing and how long this took to repair itself etc. I am in my ninth week now and am still getting this muscle pain more so at the end of the day but am still not working at all only walking, stretching every day and doing things around the house to live etc. Getting in contact with the surgeon is difficult and my GP does not really know too much about what is to happen post op either so have come here to see if someone has been down the same road. Thank you for your time.