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I underwent pericardial window 3 yrs ago. intercostal nerve

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i underwent pericardial window 3 yrs ago. intercostal nerve involvement is bothersome. I think the phrenic nerve might have been involved too. i have shortness of breath on and off and pressure on the diaphragm.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

I am sorry you are having problems with these nerves.

neuropathy medications like Neurontin (gabapentin) or Lyrica (pregabalin) could help your nerve issues.

you need a pulmonary function test to see why you are having shortness of breath.

phrenic nerve paralysis will cause diaphram elevation on one side.

a lidocaine patch 5% on areas of nerve pain can help decrease pain.

have you tried any of these?