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    Post Open Heart Left side soreness
    robjben posted:
    I am 2 weeks out from my surgery and was just wondering if anyone else who has had open heart surgery has had pain and stiffness more on the left side of the body then the right. I do know that the chest tube was on my left side, is it because of the heart/lung machine?
    Thanks, Robert
    billh99 responded:
    With open heart surgery the breast bone is split, then separated and spread apart. This pushes the shoulders back.

    As more of the heart is on the left side it makes sense that more of the resultant stress is on the left.

    However, I did not remember and additional soreness on the left.

    But I had a bad muscle spasm running from my left shoulder blade to my spine. It started about a week after the surgery and lasted 2-3 weeks.

    When you go to cardiac rehab one of the things that they do is shoulder stretching exercises.

    Also for several months I had random itching and sharp pains on my left breast area as the nerves to the skin started growing back. Rubbing the area a couple of seconds with my fingers interrupt the pain for awhile.
    leighsilv07 responded:
    Ive had 3 ( Im 29) and sometimes I have pain and stiffness all throughout. Sorry hope youre feeling better though.

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