Hello, I am Angie and I am 49. I had my first valve replacement 3 years ago with a tissue valve and my body rejected it. I got the mechanical valve in October 2019 and I am looking to see if anyone has had two valve replacements that can tell me if I should still be in this much pain after all this time. They told me it is because of scare tissue. I told them I would rather hear from patients rather than doctors. Someone please help me. It hurts just to lift my arm to look at my watch and to roll over in bed, I feel the wires holding my sternum together poking me all of the time. I also have a lump from the heart cath that is causing me pain. I had it done at the Cleveland Clinic and they just kind of ditch you when they are done with you to go to your "home" hospital. I hope someone can give me a timeline of when I can get back to my normal self.