Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Left arm pain

Hi, I had my ICD implanted since July 3, 2019. I feel really good but when I move my left arm in a sudden or certain way, it literally takes my breath away with pain. Has anyone else experienced this issue? Has the pain in your arm lasted longer than six months? I was told it could last up to a year. I use my arms like normal, but now and then, it is horrible. My doctor says I don't need physical therapy. Any response would be helpful!!!

cheryl

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sleep apnea after PM

Has the PM improved anyones sleep that had been diagnosed previously with sleep apnea? I had my PM implanted just 2 days ago. My sleep seems a little better but first night I was still in the hospital which I hear noboby sleeps well in a hospital.

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Pacemaker neck discomfort.

It's been 4 weeks and a day since my pm surgery. Im moving around a bit more and have a green light for normal activity on Thurs. Ive had a slightly stiff neck on pm side going from collarbone to just under the jawline near the lymph nodes. Not really pain but just a slight discomfort. I left a message for my ep and waiting for call back tomorrow. I have to admit I really babied my arm during the last 4 weeks. Any thoughts or advise would be appreciated. Thanks!

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5 days post op chest pain

Hey all, thanks for being here!

I had a medtronic dual pacemaker placed 5 days ago.  Since then I have diffuse chest pain on any exertion, more on the right than the left.  I don’t feel any better as far as shortness of breath or fatigue than I did before.  Now add the chest pain and it is worse!  I have an annoying cough, my left boob is now bigger than the right and I am “burpy”. All new stuff 😕  I am set to 60 with adjustments for activ...

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Just come out fitting my.pacemaker 1 hour go

My pacemaker set to not let my heart drop  below 60 

But I do feel palpitations is this normal?

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Pacemaker. 3 days in

Had pacemaker tuesday. Soreness improving. Staples out Tuesday. Struggling to emotionally cope initially. Has anyone any tips on general recovery. 

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repositioning of ICD

I recently (3 weeks ago) had my first ICD implanted on the left side of my chest under muscle.  I'm a small person and know the doctor didn't have much room to fit in the ICD.  I feel like the ICD is pressing into my armpit and as a result have daily and what I feel is unnecessary pain in arm and shoulder.  I've lost the ability to reach my left hand across my body to touch my right upper arm and shoulder.  Walking vigorously irritates my arm and shoulder. ...

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Getting my device next week

Hey everyone! I was happy to find this club.  I am 43 years old and very fit.  In fact, it's my job to be fit and help others!  I have been working in the nutrition and fitness field for 20 years!  I was shocked to find out that my low heart rate was actually a problem - I just thought I had a super strong heart!  ha!  So much for that idea.  

I will be getting my device next week. I'm pretty nervous about it.  Mostly I am concerned w...

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soreness at implant site

I had my PM implanted on 10/31 under the skin, not under the muscle. I've been good about not raising my arm or lifting heavy items. The wound is healing nicely. However, it's still quite sore and painful to the touch. I guess like any surgery, it takes time but I've been reading that most people see pain going away after 2 weeks. 

What's the consensus out there, my fellow pacemaker wearers?

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Warm sensation

Hello, my dad has a pacemaker fitted last Thursday and he has been recovering well. Today, he said he felt a warm sensation internally from the pacemaker, he has been feeling okay all day but I think he was worrying a bit. I put my hand on the pacemaker but I did not feel much warmer then usual? He also has a device that reads his pacemaker and sends the information back to the cardiologist. Should I be worried or is this normal? 
 

Thanks!

 

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Sleep and Thumping Feeling

HI I am now 4 days post pacemaker implant. I have a couple questions. Does anyone know what is the best position to sleep in? I thought I read somewhere on your back. I'm struggling to get any sleep on my back. I am usually a Left side sleeper. I am wearing my sling only at bedtime as directed by my Dr. to remind me not to raise my arm above my shoulder level. 

Also, since just a couple hours out. I feel a thumping feeling in my chest. No pain with it just gets a nnoying after...

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History of pericarditis, can I still get a pacemaker?

My cardiologist office is closed until Monday for me to ask this, but I am wondering has anyone had a history of pericarditis and then got a pacemaker? Would I be more at risk for redeveloping pericarditis? I had pericarditis 11 years ago. I now have bradicardia and 5-10 second stops. I believe my cardiologist is leaning towards a pacemaker. I am worried that I could redevelop pericarditis after implantation. 

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Emergency trip to Er via ambulance today.

I just arrived at the Er today. About 7 hours ago. I was diagnosed with bradycardia 3 years ago and got better. Then stress of a divorce this summer brought it all back and worse than before. Cause My hr is stuck in the low 30s. Today i was cooking and started sweating profusely and then chest pain, hr shot up and then I vomited. My boyfriend called 911. They did a quick assessment and took me to the hospital in ambulance. My hr was at 285 . They gave me 6 d...

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CHB, Pacemaker and Discharged a day later

Hi Everyone 🤘😏

 

I'm a 48yr old Mum and a New Zealander living in the Waikato currently but relocating soon to Wellington.

Went to the Dr on Wed 13th November for some answers. I'd had a series of weird symptoms since the beginning of the year but the three other doc visits had them telling me that there was nothing wrong. This last Doc listened. Not only did she take my BP she actually listened. Even took my wrist to find my pulse... ordered an ECG and the pret...

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Opposite arm and back pain...

Had pacemaker w/ two leads implanted 3 weeks ago on left side.  That side is fine, but over-using my right arm for things like putting on shirts and coats has caused unreal pain on the right side - from the top of shoulder, straight down to the middle of my back.  Anybody else experience this?  Thanks!

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3 weeks post-op (and counting)

Looking for support and advice on what questions I should ask the doctor today. After lying awake with pain since 330am, I'm heading into the walk in clinic to evaluate why and whether I should still be in pain 3 weeks post op: dual chamber pacemaker insertion for a healthy heart that gets interrupted by swallow syncope with a 5 second AV block  

I have near constant incision pain that is tolerable during the day (2 out of 10) but keeps me awake at...

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Can not sleep

I’m 6 days into living with my pacemaker.  It was diagnosed with Bradycardia and sinus node sickness.  I’m an avid cyclist, hiker, swimmer etc so I always have had a very low pulse so definitely a shocker that I need a Pacemaker.  My pulse rate is now set at 60 (prior to pacer night pulse in low 40s).  Last night my heart went crazy and I could not sleep.  It felt like it was racing, pounding would not stop and settle. I need to sleep!

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Sub Pectoral

Good morning!

Yay for PM Club!!

I'm getting a PM implant on this Friday and am a bit indifferent about it. I understand it is what it is and I cannot predict the future, I do trust the Sovereignty of God, however I'm yearning to get as much information as I can regarding my surgery and recovery. I have ignored it up until now as though it might just fix itself but Friday just keeps getting closer!!  I'm a very active and an avid horsewoman and...

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pacemaker

Have a new pacemaker as of last week. I have to admit I'm a bit intimidated and uncomfortable knowing that my heart relies on this tiny machine to function. I was in A-flutter and A-fib. medication no longer worked and that that had worked in the past was too damaging. SO- here I am, new to this world.

I don't know what to expect, what is normal, or abnormal. I have read the book twice and still have no peace of mind.

This type of anxiety is something I have not had b...

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Pain from Pressure (PM location)

Hi, I got my PM 7mo ago. Have recovered nicely, (although it’s weird to have a device in me.) My seatbelt has agitated it, etc, but nothing big.

 

Was moving Friday, up some serious steps, and the full weight of a heavy box hit me right in my lump. Now it aches and seems slightly swollen. Pressure hurts.

 

I’m guessing this is all normal? I’ve got quite the scar, but the PM doesn’t really show normally (ample...) 

 

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