Complex Regional Pain Syndrome post-pacemaker insertion
April 25 I had my aortic valve replaced (2nd time, first time was 2004). Because of my age, I was advised not to have TAVR, as the replacement valve would not be a good candidate for replacement in another 12 to 15 years. I therefore underwent the whole sternum-cracking surgery. Six days later, I had to have a pacemaker inserted due to heart block caused by the surgery. I have been suffering with intense sensations of stinging, biting, burning across my chest from armpit to armpit. Taking pain meds (OTC) brings a bit of temporary relief. Topical analgesic helps for about an hour. Every professional I have mentioned this to says they've "never heard of this before." Not my cardiologist, not the cardiac rehab folks, not the device clinic. So I googled. Found several articles on the NIH.gov website: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, basically nerve damage from the pacemaker surgery. Nice to know it has a name!! I have found some comments on this group that are encouraging. Seems it may subside in a few weeks/months. I cannot begin to describe what a comfort it has been to find that I am not alone.