Another question!

I was hoping that some of you could tell me how long did it take you to start getting energy back. I had energy right after my surgery and now it has been two weeks from getting my pacemaker and it has started to be painful and sore. I have been getting spasms from the site that goes into my left arm is that normal? I have only been wearing the sling when I go out b/c I don't want my shoulder to start hurting. I also walked a little yesterday (just like a block) and that took like all the energy out of me and I was weak the entire rest of the night and most of today. Is that normal?
I know some of you have said that you went back to work after a week and I know for me that isn't possible at all but shouldn't I be feeling like I have more energy instead of the way I do feel?
I would love to hear your advice on things. Thanks for listening. I hope that all of you are doing well.



maybe change settings?

by M_Fox - 2007-03-29 03:03:25

I've only had my pm just over 3 weeks, but I wonder if your pm needs to be set with a different pulse range.
Unlike many here who had no idea anything was wrong with them until they passed out and woke up in hospital, I had symptoms - extreme and worsening fatigue, pale complexion, foggy brain, tingling in extremities, etc. So I feel like I'm gaining my energy levels back slowly, and I'm letting myself recover on my body's own schedule.
As far as pain in the area, I had the same thing the first 2 1/2 weeks. I used ice in a baggie - wrap it in a lightweight towel, I wish I had bought a couple of bags of frozen peas instead. The ice really did help with the pain and spasms.
Hope this helps.

everyone is different

by pace1 - 2007-03-30 11:03:40

Although I was back in my routine pretty much a week after I still feel pain at the incision site (5 weeks today), but I don't feel the tingling. I think the first 2-3 weeks you pay too much attention to how you feel that you stress out about everything, I know I did! Now I don't think about it....I have my two young kids to thank for that. But go with your gut, if something feels "not right" then call your dr. as it could be a number of things. I don't think you should be feeling worse after two weeks though. Keep me posted!

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