Posted this in coping but think it probably belongs here instead. I'll try and delete in other section.
Hoping someone someone can shed some light on what I might be experiencing. Looked around but haven't seen a similar issue.
Background: 45 year old male, consider my self quite healthy and very physically active. I got my pacemaker implanted on july 16. It went really smoothly with absolutely no pain around the incision or the left shoulder area.
Issues: The next day everything was still fine but when I took deep breaths, the breaths felt a bit 'heavy'. By thursday afternoon it was beginning to hurt to breathe. I decided to make my way to the emergency room to see what was up.
By the time I got there I was getting shooting pains in the center of my chest that then shot up to my throat and into my nose. All on the left side. They admitted me and started the testing: Blood test and xrays to start. The initial xrays showed that my pacemaker rotated about 60 degrees and may need to open me back up. They decided to keep me for observation. A few hours later, still in hospital, the shooting pains happened any time I would move and went all the way to the back of my head. Lying down was not a possibility since the pain would be unbearable. Gave me some light drugs. Tylenol.
So after dealing with a night of pain and no sleep, they took another xray - still 60 degree rotation. Interrogated the pacemaker - working great. Then did an echocardiogram which felt like I was crushing my heart when rolling onto my side. They provided me with some drugs to make the pain less. Echo showed nothing.
After tests they decided to send me home since they couldn't figure out what was wrong and everything else was fine. The rotation wasn't a concern since the pacemaker will shift around a bit normally before it lodges in permanently and leads were still solidly attached. They gave me some anti inflammatory pills and some high dose ibuprofen. Treated me like someone with Pericarditis.
Over the next few days it's been getting better. Less throbbing, can take fairly deep breaths without pain and can sleep but at an angle. Now pain only happens if I bend over to pick something up or if I go up stairs too quick. 3 or 4 sharp pulses that coincide with my heartbeat and then fades.
Hopefully this issue fades away to nothing but I would really like to know what happened and why I haven't read about similar occurrences and pain with others. Personally I think the wires or pacemaker are rubbing against a bundle of nerves and hopefully the nerves will start ignoring the irritation.
Just my guess wondering what others think. Sorry for rambling