Stitch removal and pain
I am 78 years old and received my pacemaker Monday, Sept. 12th and am scheduled to see the nurse practictioner (my cardiologist/surgeon is not available or several months I was told) this Friday, Sept. 16th. I am not sure if this is just for a check up or for removal of stitches. As I believe it is too soon for stitch removal, I presume it is for a check up, but again, isn't this a little too soon after the procedure to have a check up?
Also, I didn't realize it would be so painful after the procedure. Just getting up after laying down is quite painful, also trying to put my clothes on/off. Is it normal to have such pain afterwards and, if so, how long does it usually go on for? I wasn't prescribed any painkillers. Is this usual? I was prescribed a beta blocker and one baby aspiring each day. Thank you.