we are all diferent and we all have all had a variance on similar surgery and different tolerances for pain...echoguy probably said it best in my view. That being said the surgeons had to do some damge to get in there and fix things, they may have been expediant to get it done and it may explain why some have more pain than others
In mys case, went home from hospital with a good supply of Oxycodone and Ttylonol, with the continued recommendation to take them as needed to remain active, walk and use the spyro.
In my case never really needed them, as have discomfort, not pain...only exception was coughing in 1st 10 day post op and yeah the sneezing thing (Andy was right), sneezing not much fun...but since arrival at home have weened myself off the pepper somewhat, as I was an addict for food falvouring, but easier to ween of pepper than to sneeze...sneezing is really my only source of pain.
Now also my sternum was cemented using Kryptonite and that may be another difference.
In my case current greatest discomfort is the itching thing on torso and a tightness at upper part of incision...but am really careful about lifting anything or making sudden movements...maybe the aches are related to the fever that you are still trying to control...hope the pros can enlighten you on Tuesday?
AVR/Mitral repair-May 17, 2010, Royal Vic Montreal, Surgeon K. Lachapelle
Aortic VR - SJM - Epic 21 mm, Mitral repair - C-E - Physio Annuloplasty Ring 28 mm
Kryptonite glue used for sternum closure - 1st test case at our hospital, wow it rocks !