pdxmike
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pdxmike, June 1,  2021  12:25am EST

How long for sternum to feel normal after open heart?

My open heart was 4 months ago. My sternum doesn't really feel stable. It hardly ever pops (maybe 4 small ones ever.) But when I lie on my side to sleep, and need to roll over, or if I seit in achair too long, it feels, well, not solid. I'll stretch my chest open very slowly. It aches. I don't get stabbing pains. I can do some modest bench presses  of 100 lbs, but a pushing off to get up from bed again brings that instability feeling also. How much longer should I wait for it see someone about this? What kind of specialist should I see about this?

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, June 1,  2021  5:44pm EST

    Hello there, 

    Thank you for joining the Support Network and sharing your story. As I am not a medical professional, I recommend calling your cardiologist and consulting a specialist about this, and as you wait to hear from others, I can share some resources on Heart Procedures and Surgeries and TAVR where you will find some information on sternotomy. 

    Please keep us updated on how you are doing! 

    Best, 

    AHA Moderator 

  • pdxmike
    pdxmike, June 1,  2021  6:08pm EST

    I just called my cardiologist's office. The doctor is out today but will be in tomorrow. I spoke with someone at their medical office desk who left a detailed message for the doctor and expects he'll be able to get back to me tomorrow. 

    I don't see any sternotemy or sternal disunion content at the link. 

  • teamcorp
    teamcorp, June 9,  2021  2:50pm EST

    Hi. I had open-heart nearly 6 years ago and remember very well the discomfort I had lifting the edge of the mattress to tuck the sheet under. Rolling over in bed felt strange sometimes, too. One thing I didn't dare do was lift any weights, not at that point. Were you advised that you could? And 100lbs? That may be 'modest' for you historically but I doubt it's advisable this soon after surgery. I would contact the surgeons office ASAP before lifting again. Good luck with your recovery!

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