pacemaker site

I have had my pacemaker for 7 years and lately I am having pain and discomfort where it is implanted - its like an ache and sometimes gets stronger. Don't know if I should let the Dr know or just wait until my next visit and ask.  Anyone else have this problem?

thanks

Pam


4 Comments

Funny you should ask

by Gotrhythm - 2019-02-14 13:39:20

I have the same thing. My pacemaker is 8 and a half. I've noticed aching in the area for the last couple of weeks. Last night I was rubbing around the area and just to the left (about one-quarter inch) of the pacemaker I could feel a very firm something less than a half inch wide and about an inch long.

I have realized that though my bra strap doesn't touch my pacemaker, it is rubbing this thing.

I don't know whether it's something new, or if it has always been there but my skin has gotten thinner and now it's noticeable.

Any thoughts?

discomfort

by Tracey_E - 2019-02-14 18:52:19

It's probably not worth a special trip but bring it up next visit. I had aching when I was on my 2nd device, got worse with the 3rd so when I got #4 they brought in a plastic surgeon to clean up the scar tissue and rebuild the pocket. It felt great after that (after healing, of course).

Watch for signs of infection- oozing, red streaks, new swelling, fever. 

Gotrhythm, get it checked out! I had a mass in my old pocket. I never felt it but it showed up in my mammogram and they didn't like how it looked on the ultrasound so had it biopsied. False alarm, but when in doubt go ask! 

Question for Tracey_E

by BarbD - 2019-02-15 09:46:34

How did a mammogram show a mass in your PM pocket? Isn't the pocket up near your collarbone and away from your breast tissue? What was the mass?

discomfort

by eggman - 2019-02-16 13:37:58

the only time I get a little discomfort is bench pressing and the bar comes in contact with my chest, and sometimes if I'm wearing a heavy coat like my leather motorcyle jacket rubs on my chest.

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