Howdy! I'm new to this forum business and I have a question I'm hoping someone out there can help me with. I recieved my new liver March 27, 2012. I underwent surgery at the V.A. Health System, Pittsburgh, PA. They put one in me and it went dead right after thay closed me up. Three days later they put a new one in and it's been easy sailin' ever since, except for one concern. After the tx I get a a wierd sensation in my chest when I exert myself. ie: climbing stairs, moving or liftting heavey objects, jog 40 ft., so on and so forth. I know two guys I met in PA. and they expeienc the same sensation. I would'nt call it 'pain' per say but a sort of ache in the chest. I'm thinking something post op effect from the anesthesia. The doctors don't have an answer. Has anyone expeienced this same thing and if so what do you know about it? Thanks
I had a kidney transplant December 20th 2011. Having the same thing, not really pain but pressure, when I exert myself. left upper side and some difficult breathing . Mentioning it to my doctor soon or cardiologist
Brian, thanks for joining in. i spoke to my Coordinator in PA. a couple hours ago and she said it may be water in my lungs. She said it can take some time to expel it from the body. If it is water, it will clear up, she assured me. I go for my four month c-scan next week and we're going to include my lungs. If it's got alot of water ... that will be it she said. I did have alot of waer in my lungs after TX, so they told me. So suggest that to your Dr. If there is no water, and if it's in there, it will show up on the scan, if no water....who know? let me know what they come up with. I may not have water and in that case I'm gonna keep searching until it goes away on it's own. Let me know. Take care Brian
Hi again Mark, yes I did have to do the breathing apparatus that you suck on. Really showed how much your lungs go through. I spoke with my coordinator in PA. a while ago and she really gave no insight as to what causes it. I met a guy in there from Texas who underwent TX and he is expeiencing the same phenomenon, and I call it that because nobody can really put their finger on it's cause. Anyhow this man from Texas was sent back to PA. to have the Liver TX Clinic give him a thourough going over. They came up with nothing. Everthing was fine. She reminded me of the amount of water in my lung and she said it could very well be that. She said i had alot of it and ot just take time for the body to rid itself out it. So in effect your remark about reduced lung capaity could be the culprit. As far as the anesthesia drugs she said the body metabolizes them and they are expelled rather quickly, so she said it wouldn't be that. I'm going in for my four month c-scan next week and she will have them include my lungs in the scan where it will show up. That being the water in my lung. My lungs took a real beating. Pneumonia, infection of some sort, can't recall what the infection was. Some bug. yeah, I lost a boatload of muscle mass also. Just started back to doing cario and weights at the Y. feel great except for this one thing. I'll keep you informed as to what the c-scan reveals. Take care Mark
Right after tx, I experienced this feeling in the middle of my chest along with a few other areas and I would tell my docs but they didn't really pay that much attention to it. I guess it's like Mark mentioned they're just creaks and groans (healing). I will be 16 months out come Sept 4 and I can say some of these creaks are gone or just about gone. Some days I still feel a tightness or pressure on my right side of chest, when I exert myself. I also take the mag ox, mvi, calcium, vit d.
Could this be scar tissue?