Can my pacemaker shift after 2 years?!
Wow! I just found this site, pretty cool! I wish I would have found it two years ago when I first had my pacemaker implanted and was sulking because I felt like a failure, needing a pacemaker at 21 (I know these weren't rational thoughts! But weaning yourself off of pain medication doesn't always give you the clearest of heads!). Anyway, the reason I stumbled upon this site is because I've had this nagging, gnawing feeling that something's not right. I feel like my pacemaker (which unlike most of yours, is implanted near my stomach / rib cage on the left side) has shifted farther down and furrther to the left. I've had awful, awful cramping in my lower back. But maybe I'm imagining it all, or attributing it to the wrong thing, I've been under a LOT of stress at work, so it could all just be manifestions of the stress, right? Basically, I just don't know if it's even possible for the pacemaker itself, not the leads, to shift around. Does anyone out there have any experience with this or suggestions? I don't really want to worry my parents or doctor about it if it's just my stressed-out brain inventing scenarios, but I also don't want to ignore something that might actually pose a risk to my health. Thanks in advance for any advice / info!