Breathing and bumps

Had my PM 10/19 and there are times it feels like I'm trying to catch my breath. It's not like grabbing my chest shortness, but just feels like I need an extra deep breath. Also I've noticed that my PM feels like it's more bumpy than before. When I had mine put in it didn't seem like it was so close to the surface. Now I can feel all the bumps and ridges of the PM and it's seems like there is a burning feeling every once in awhile. Not like fire burning but it's a sensations that's hard to explain. But it's only on my left side. I just can't seem to shake it, am I just being over reactive or should I make the call once again to the doctors. I feel like I'm just being such a pain.


Shortness of breath and bumpiness of PM under skin..

by AddieJ - 2019-05-23 03:00:53

I had a LOT of shortness of breath and the feeling of being unable to get a good breath after my PM was placed.  This should get better in time and if it doesn’t, go back to the doc for an adjustment.  As far as lumpiness....mine feels much more prominent now......anyone, do they work themselves up, or out over time?




by AgentX86 - 2019-05-23 10:13:43

Shortness of breath is something your doctor should know about. I get a sensation close to what you describe when I'm having bigeminy PVCs. It's not comfortable but PVCs aren't dangerous, unless they're a high percentage of heartbeats. You really need to have symptoms like this checked out.

My pacemaker is implanted very close to the surface, as well. As it healed (over several months) it became less "prominent" but closer to the surface, if that makes any sense. My leads are just under the skin and at times I feel something like an abrasion there the leads loop around and head back inwards. I think what you're feeling, here, is pretty normal too. But it should be looked at, just to make sure. We can't see what your issue is.  Your doctor can. Don't worry about being a complainer. Mention it to your doctor and then listen to his answer. If it makes sense, drop the issue unless it's causing a real problem in your life.

When to call

by Gotrhythm - 2019-05-23 15:14:25

I didn't really realize how much swelling around my pacemaker there had been until it went down completely, after almost 12 months. When it did, the pacemaker edges and the wires were much more apparent.

Lately, as I have lost a little weight, and my skin has become thinner--something that happens as we age--the pacemaker and the scars around it have become even more visible and easy to feel just under the skin. My bra strap has begun to irritate the area, which it never did before.

My point is, don't expect the area to remain the same. As you gain or lose weight, as your skin changes, how the area feels might change too. Believe it or not, your body is still healing on the inside, and it's not unusual to still feel burning, itching, pinching sensations.

As for the trying to catch your breath feeling, there are lots of causes--and one of them is plain old anxiety. It sounds like you're saying the shortness of breath isn't severe or long lasting. Whatever the cause it, it's transient. It isn't accompanied by other symptoms. 

I can't tell you what to do, I'm not a doctor, but if I had your symptoms I wouldn't think I had an emergency on my hands. I'd feel it was okay to wait and see if it went away or got a lot worse before calling the doctor. 

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