Can someone give me information regarding turning over in bed.  I am an arm sleeper and use a sling since my PM insertion on 5/01.  When can I start turning over on the side of my PM without worry?



by Tracey_E - 2020-05-22 13:12:50

Ditch the sling! It's important to use the arm so your shoulder doesn't freeze. Don't lift anything heavy or raise it overhead for a few more weeks but other than that use the arm normally.

If it's comfortable turning over/sleeping on your side, then it's ok to do it. You won't hurt the pacer, it's all how you feel. 

Physical healing is likely to be about six weeks

by LondonAndy - 2020-05-22 18:03:06

From what I was told and have read in the almost six years since I had a mechanical aortic valve fitted, and my pacemaker a week later due to surgical compliction, it seems that the body takes about six weeks to reasonably heal, though doubtless this is affected by our age and other health factors.  (I was 48 at the time).

Before surgery I always slept on my left side for preference, but my initial feeling, once I could sleep in a bed again, was that this side was uncomfortable - the pacemaker seemed to dig in to me, internally.  So I slept on my right.  A few months later I woke finding myself sleeping on my left perfectly comfortably, and have been happily able to do so ever since, though ironically I now prefer to sleep on my right!

So I agree with Tracey_E - if it feels ok, do it, but if it doesn't it may well be fine later.


by AgentX86 - 2020-05-22 18:52:45

You'll know it if it's too early to sleep on that side. You don't need the sling for sleeping but if it makes you feel better, it's fine. Do NOT use it during the day. If you do, you may be in a world of hurt later.


by Skeetman - 2020-05-22 19:35:48

Thank you for your comments.  I will heed your advise.  


by permkassen - 2020-05-24 01:57:39

Hi, I've had my PM for over 3months and am now able to sleep as I wish. It sometimes does feel uncomfortable sleeping on the side of the pm, right in my case. Feels like the pm moves forward presses on the skin and causes a funny electrical sensation. My hair on the chest is still sensitive. Anybody else experienced this? 

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