Name: Beneva Wells
Age at time of Dissection: 38
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 21 October 2015
Tell Us Your Story:

I‘m an RN and started to have chest pain at work one night at 2:30am while talking to a coworker in the hallway. They sat me down took my BP it was 207/117 insisted I go to the ED. Long story short I described the pain to the ER doctor as it radiating to my back. She ordered a CTA and found it aortic dissection. Ive had high BP most of my life and recently been juggling meds to regulate it.

The surgery was really intense and an eye opener for me. I’ve been married for 19yrs to my high school sweetheart and he took care of me every step of the way in and out of the hospital. I have a beautiful 17yr of daughter about to graduate from high school soon.

I’m about to make some serious changes in my life as a result of my experience. My main issues have been the after effects after the surgery. My recovery hasn’t been been good. I have nerve damage from incisions(which i have 2 midline and axilla ) and I can feel my sternal wires as they pinch and pull on a day basis. I’m in constant pain or discomfort and had to see pain management doctors.

My surgeon has decided his part is done so he sees no reason for me to continue to see him unless there is a problem. Is it possible for sternal wires to be placed incorrectly? Is there anyone in my similar situation?