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My sternum was lost to an infection following open heart

surgery. muscle flaps were used...
my sternum was lost to an infection following open heart surgery. muscle flaps were used to replace it. i have constant pain and frequent muscle spasms. whatcan/should i be doing for relief? my pcp referred me to pain management but that was a non-starter because i would not take narcotics.
JA: Do you know if your family has a history of heart disease? In general, how would you describe your health lately?
Customer: i've had 2 heart attacks and a stroke. my health is poor. low energy.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: clinical depression fighter for 30 years, doing well now on medication
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I'm very sorry about this

what non narcotic based meds have you tried?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
before the stroke ibuprofen worked well but since the stroke ibuprofen is on the do not touch list

have you tried meds like gabapentin or lyrica?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
neither has been tried

I would give those a try.

One of them.

I would go with gabapentin first.

300 mg three times a day.

they are non narcotic and work very well for chronic pain

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