Mom's ICD...very concerned
Hello! My dear mother has a St.Jude ICD which was implanted in April, 07. ( I might add she is a tiny woman...barely 100 pounds) In July, she had to go back in because one of the leads had come loose. Now it appears as if something is sticking out...lead that was capped off...she calls it an "ice pick" because it is so very painful. Right now, even showering hurts her.
The suggestion now is to go back in and place the ICD under the muscle to give her relief. I guess I'm afraid to put her through this again?
Has this happened to anyone else? Also, is depression common? The other factor that is a real problem is smoking albeit not much...she will not give it up despite also dealing with COPD. We are trying Chantix one more time.
This may sound like I'm rambling...there's just so much I'm worried about. I would appreciate any comments from family members and other patients. Thank you so much!