Post surgery pain

I am a 41 year old female. I had a pacemaker put in 2 months ago. I am 5 foot 2 at 185 pounds so I am not too skinny and I too have a pinching or pulling feeling a few times a day at the pacemaker site. It also still feels sore or tender, kind of like it feels when someone touches your sunburn. I came across this site when looking to find out if this was normal this far out from surgery. I realize its still healing. 


3 Comments

Yeah, it's normal.

by AgentX86 - 2019-05-04 21:53:12

Mine was quite tender to the touch for about eight months. Your description of it being like a sunburn is right on with my experience.  I made sure to use a seat belt pad to raise it off my PM. It's still hurts some at times after 15 months but so does my sternotomy, after four and a half years. The muscles and ribs on my left side can get quite sore (not something new after the PM).

It takes a while

by Theknotguy - 2019-05-05 12:30:06

AgentX86 is right on time with the site still hurting sometimes after 15 months.  I also had times where there would be sharp pain at the site.  Other people have talked about "ant bites" type of feeling too.  It's all part of the healing process.  As long as you don't get the chills, get a fever, or the site gets red and swollen it's just part of the healing process - especially the first time through.  

I also volunteer at a charity wood shop and help  build furniture.  I went back after I had my pacemaker for nine months.  It wouldn't always hurt right after I did my volunteer stint, but then it would give me problems for four days afterward.  I'd have to take aspirin and use hot and cold packs.  There were days it felt like my pacemaker was wrapped in sand paper.  Then there were days it would really itch.  All part of the healing process.  

How long it takes depends upon how your body heals, what type of activity you do, and how much trauma you received when they implanted the pacemaker.  I'll include a YouTube video that shows how the pacemaker is implanted.  After seeing the video (If you care to watch.) you'll wonder why you don't hurt more.  

At or about the two year mark most of my twinges went away and now, six years out, I'll only get an occasional twinge and that's after I've done some heavy exercise.  

I hope everything else is going well for you. 

YouTube video address
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8fpQGAD5bk

Thank you

by Gooch1017 - 2019-05-06 20:22:20

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with these symptoms. (Not happy anyone is in pain but good to know im not alone) ive watched rhe video on how the pacemakee is put in and I habe to say, it looks brutal. I usually heal very quickly and back on my feet well before I should be agter surgery. I had a loop recorder in for a little over a year before the pacemaker was put in and it was only sore for a few days. I'm just surprised that I still seem to have pain from this. 

Does any of you have any experience with the medtronic website that is suppose to give u updates on up coming transmissions, missed transmissions etc...? The only notification I'm getting is where there was a successful transmission. I missed my 1st one and was notified by the doctor that it was missesd. 

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