Post placement one month out

Hello all,

I have had a Medtronic biventricular/icd placed one month ago. Have healed great 1st appt was very positive and integration of device they said was perfect and doing what it should! Have had no pain at site per say incision healed nicely however over the past week I've been feeling like stings or zingers not that the device is going off but as quick as they come they are gone but I've noticed them more. It happens to the left side of device towards armpit. Is this normal and just part of the healing process???? 




Perfectly normal

by AgentX86 - 2021-06-06 13:27:59

I think everyone has had similar sensations just after their implant. Some describe it as "ant bites". Mine inched like crazy. Nerves have been cut and as they knit back together the brain interprets the signals as if something is really happening to that area. This one case where it really is a figment of your imagination.

It is still early days and sounds as though it is all part of the normal healing process

by Gemita - 2021-06-06 13:36:23

Kelly, I am reassured that all is well from your recent clinic follow up.  Yes I used to get sudden electric shock type sensations, if that is what you mean, in the area of my pacemaker.  Sometimes these little "stings or zingers" or however you wish to call them used to extend towards my back and in other directions too.  I didn't know when they would happen but they were always over in an instant.  Some members report little ant bite type sensations.

I believe your sensations are all part of the normal healing process and are nerve related due to nerve disturbances during implantation.  These sensations should go away as healing progresses but if they do trouble you or become more persistent, I would let your doctors know.  I had a short course of a neuropathic pain med (Pregabalin/Lyrica) which helped, but it shouldn't be necessary.

Post placement one month out

by Kelzg318 - 2021-06-06 14:57:07

Oh good to hear thank you guys!!! With everything that I've been through in last 5-6 months I don't know what's "normal" anymore and doubt myself all the time. But I am glad to hear that the things I am feeling are normal !

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