If you have pain around your
incisions or in your chest, your healthcare provider may prescribe a pain reliever.
sure to take it exactly as directed. A gentle back rub may help relax sore muscles
your back and shoulders. If the surgeon used a mammary artery, you may feel a pulling
tightness in the front of your chest on the side the artery was used. You can use
pack to ease the tightness. Ask your provider how to use a warm pack. You may be tempted
to loosen your muscles by taking a hot shower or soaking in a tub, but don't do this
until your surgical team says it's OK.
Some pain relievers can cause nausea and constipation. Take pain
relievers with food and eat more fiber. Whole fruits and vegetables are good choices
fiber. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a laxative and stool softener.