Post ICD implant pain
I just had my first ICD put in a little over two weeks ago. In general I feel SO much better than I have in the past 2 1/2 years (diagnosis is heart failure) but I've got pain up at my collarbone where the leads are going into the carotid artery. I expected pain from the muslce trauma where they inplanted the ICD but not where the leads are. It feels tight there and like they're "pulling", even if I'm not moving around. I'm a leg amputee and walk with forarm crutches, so use my pec muscles every time I step with the crutches. I stayed off them completely the first 14 days to give the incision and pecs some time to heal.
Is it normal to have this much pain up where the leads are going into that artery? I dont know if I should contact the doctor or wait it out a couple weeks longer and see if it starts to subside.
I don't know if I should stay off the crutches more or use them more and see if things "losen up".
You know you're wired when...
Your life has spark.
But I think it will make me feel a lot better. My stamina to walk is already better, even right after surgery. They had me walk all around the floor before they would release me. I did so without being exhausted and winded the way I had been.