- CASE FILE
CT guided lung ablation, 2 days later a bump appeared below my ribs (numb) followed by months of pain.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
My cancer spread to my liver/lungs. Because chemotherapy was not tolerated and no other options were being given, I found an option that looked to potentially give me a fighting chance at removing the cancer from my liver and lungs. After CT guided lung ablation, 2nd day after getting out of the hospital, a bump had formed below my rib cage (left side) It was numb at first but then began hurting, burning and causing stabbing pain. I also have numbness and pain in my right breast muscle where the procedure was done in that area. The radiologist continues to say he's sorry but there is no way what he did caused this problem and I should see a pain management specialist. I have had x-rays, CT scan, MRI, ultra sound and no one can identify the bump or the cause of the constant pain. I have seen my primary Dr, oncologist, general surgeon, sports medicine pain management Dr, as well as a pain management Dr. The general surgeon says there is no hernia and that the intercostal nerve is causing the pain. The sports management pain Dr has given me 4 nerve blocks, each has done nothing. The latest answer, other than taking opioids and gabapentin, is a device they implant in your body that tells the brain you aren't in pain. Success is set if your pain is down 50%. It still doesn't address the bump where the pain originates. I'm out of answers and I'm looking for an expert who will find out what this issue is. I'm already fighting a battle with cancer and this has added constant pain to that battle. This has impacted my life, I wake up in pain, struggle to work because of the pain, and I can't live a normal life now because of this.