Chest pain and discomfort

Hello Everyone,

I recieved my PM on March 23 so it's been about 7 weeks. From the beginning I have had a pressure in my chest that seems to come and go. They told me to take Advil because there may be small amounts of fluid around my heart. It seemed to help but it keeps coming back. Yesterday the pressure became much worse, advil does nothing now. Last night I could not lay down flat I had to sleep propt up with three pillow. If I tried to turn on my side I would get a sharp pain from between my breasts straight through to my back. I am getting worried. Has anyone else had anything similar?



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by Suze - 2007-05-08 02:05:29

I agree, Karen, that you need immediate medical attention. Something isn't right here.

Take care.

Fluid Pills!

by colleenjohnson - 2007-05-08 03:05:36

Karen my problems started with fluid around my heart. Among the many meds i am taking fluid pills are one of them. I have never heard of Advil helping fluid!

Better to be safe than sorry and go see the doc.

Relax and i am sure everything will work out.

Stay well Colleen


by boatman50 - 2007-05-08 08:05:05

Karen, I don't want to alarm you at all but I had a very similar experience. I had my pm put in June 5th 2006 as an emergency at about 8pm that night. It was put in by a vascular surgeon on the right side. I am a righty so I had allot of pain during the healing process. When I left the hospital the next day, I had no discharge instructions other then to keep the wound clean. Never had a restraint on my arm at all, I would say it was about 12 hours after the operation that I was home. Two nights later I was getting shooting pains in my neck and between the shoulder blades, and down my right arm. The only comfort I could get was by sitting up, just like you. Back to the emergency room at 2 am. That morning the surgeon that did it said everything was normal and the pain would go away. My cardiologist said we have to check it out and put me through a bunch of tests. That night I went by ambulance into NYC to a hospital and the next morning was back in the OR to have my leads replaced/ repositioned. One of them pierced my heart and there was some blood/ fluid around the heart. I got great treatment and plenty of discharge instructions after a 3 day stay. Get it checked out and get a second opinion to feel better.

Chest Pain

by SMITTY - 2007-05-08 10:05:26

Karen, Do as Boatman suggested, get the pain checked out. Pain of the type you describe does sometimes go away on its own. However, we should all remember that pain is our body’s call for help and every once in a while when chest pain goes away on its own it is time for the survivors to go into their soft talking, slow walking and sad singing routine> That is never a happy event. Anyway, we are a selfness bunch here, we need you and we don’t want to take a chance on losing you. Get it checked out. Smitty

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by peacemaker - 2007-05-10 04:05:15

I have had my pacer almost 7 months, and I too have frequently had pain. It started about 2 months after I got the PM, went to emerg 3 times since Jan, they tell me everything is fine. The last time they asked me why I thought it was my heart? (didn't have this or any pain in chest before PM implanted) Went for 6month clinic check I was told it could be in my head.



by KarenLL - 2007-05-17 01:05:32

Hi peacemaker

I tried to send a private message but it just didn't work...someday I will figure this out! Anyway, sometimes I feel if I was a man they would take me a little more seriously in regard to pain and pressure. They suggested that perhaps I have acid reflux or it's anxiety (which to me my head). I tried to ignore the feeling but sometimes I can't even sleep it's so bad. Has it improved all all over six months?


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