When I had my surgery 10 years ago they cut me in half to repair my thoracic spine. I still suffer every momement of every day in pain. The pain radiates through my chest (makes it hard to breath)and goes down both legs. The surgery to repair my spine caused damage to my right side and right arm. The only thing that doesnt hurt me now is my left arm and left side. The pain from the thoracotomy is still unbearable. I don't understand why my ribs, my right side, and abdomin still hurts as well as my internal organs. If I new then what I know now I would have let myself become paralyzed than have the surgery.