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Post Thoracic Surgery & Upcoming Thoracotomy Surgery - I'm a little freaked out!

Mickey1PMGMMickey1PMG Posts: 2
edited 04/09/2015 - 5:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm a male, Akron, Ohio, 31 years old. I've had back pain since about 2003. I went to a chiropractor, back specialists, numerous MRIs, and injections for pain. After every single test under the sun over the years, I was told I needed to strengthen my core. In 2014, I had enough. I had played sports my whole life and I KNEW something was wrong inside. I went to a spine specialist and it was found (finally, through an MRI with contrast) that I had a dumb-bell shaped tumor in my spine. It was "a malignant tumor within a benign sack". It had actually eaten about an inch of my rib, and although they didn't say "cancer" they said it was acting like cancer by eating my rib.
In August, I had it removed from my spine. They rounded off the rib, but the area where it connects back into my spine, has been eaten, so now it just hangs which brings a lot of pain. I've been told that I'm going to just have to deal with that, though. I've just gotten myself to about 95% with physical therapy, feeling great, and they found another residual tumor. It's about 3/4 of an inch, but it's positioned behind my lung. In order to have it removed I'm having a thoracotomy procedure/lung deflated. I'm pretty nervous about it, as I've heard it's VERY painful. Has anyone on here experienced this surgery? I saw a woman on here who had the surgery, but her last posts were about four years ago, and it says she hasn't been on since, so I thought I would start a new thread.

If anyone has any experience with this type of surgery / the recovery, I would greatly appreciate it! Also, I'm an open book, so ask whatever questions you have.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I have not had any situation as yours..in fact , I have never had back surgery at all.
    I just wanted to tell you that you sure have been through a lot and I'm not surprised you're a little freaked out.
    Hopefully, someone will come along who can more relate.

    I wish you best of luck and good communication with your doctor.
    Please keep us posted with how you are doing !
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  • sorry to hear man. i have a question, did you say that you had mris without contrast that showed nothing before you had the mri with?
  • Mickey1PMGMMickey1PMG Posts: 2
    edited 04/09/2015 - 6:56 AM
    formerweightlifter said:
    sorry to hear man. i have a question, did you say that you had mris without contrast that showed nothing before you had the mri with?
    That's correct...in 2006 -_-
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