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CABG, pain in sternum, numbness in arm, pain on pressing chest, normal ?

3 months after CABG and I am still feeling considerable pain in my sternum, as well as an on and off numbness in my left arm . The pain is worse when I press against my chest , so I m not concerned with angina, but the arm pain/numbness is worrisome as it comes and goes and does not seem to be related to any particular motion or activity. Is this normal, or should I be concerned? I am a 47 year old female in relatively good health otherwise.
Tue, 15 May 2012
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Hello! I have carefully gone through your problem & would like to advice regarding two aspects -
1) The first & most important thing is that you absolutely need not worry because you have had already undergone the best possible treatment, the CABG.
2) The symptoms of post CABG chest pain are common & can be managed effectively with the advice of your cardiovascular surgeon & you are advised thereby to have a routine appointment with him.
Thanks & take care of yourselves!
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