ICD Implant and still feeling pain!

Hi there. I had my ICD implanted June 14, 2007 (about 2 and half weeks ago), and I am still feeling pain. It isn't sharp shooting, but it is a constant pressure...almost like someone is pushing down on a bruise. In order to make it look cosmetically better they put mine lower, so not sure if that is why I am feeling the pain. I just wanted to see if other felt this way and for how long they felt it. Tylenol and not moving for a long period of time helps. Also, I notice it gets worse as the day goes one. I am back at work, so not sure if that is the issue too. Any help would be great!




by tcrabtree85 - 2007-07-02 03:07:29

Hi Melissa,
What kind of work do you do? Did you take time to let your body rest after your procedure? I think that you only being a couple weeks with your ICD you are doing pretty good. The pains that you are talking about are very common after surgery pains. Your incision is starting to heal the nerves that got cut are going through a healing process. This can last a while depending on your body. You just have to remember that when your body tells you to rest to get the rest you need. If your pain becomes worse I would go see your doctor or call and talk to a nurse and have them explain things a little better too you.
Please just remember that first 6 weeks of taking it easy is very important. Your body is adjusting, you are adjusting, and the healing process and scar tissue needs to develop.
Keep us updated on how you are feeling and it is never bad to call the nurse and ask them if everything is ok. I wish you luck and will keep you in my thoughts!


by CathrynB - 2007-07-02 12:07:53

Hmmm . . . "pressure" is certainly not unusual at this point, but "pain" is another matter. It's been more than 2 weeks since you got the ICD, and while it's larger than a PM and therefore maybe the discomforts last a little longer, I wouldn't think you should feel actual PAIN at this point. I'd call the nurse to inquire. All that assumes you took at least a week off work (I took more), have followed orders about restricting use of your arm, etc. If you're doing things you shouldn't be doing (back at the gym lifting weights already? just kidding!) then it's not surprising it hurts. Five months post op I still feel "pressure" from the skin being stretched tightly over the lump. Everything Tammy says is "spot on", and you need to rest and give your body time to heal. Please let us know how you're doing. Take care, Cathryn

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