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 night (4 out of ten). I also feel intermittent rib pain - front, side and back that I feel very anxious about at times.
I had a long surgery with 'vein access' complications and experienced shortness of breath in the OR. I also have an "under sensing" issue with the right ventricle lead. I'm second guessing everything, including my own pain.
When I called The pacemaker clinic earlier this week to ask what I should do, they said that I could request a referral to them from the GP. So unless the GP tells me to go get checked today at the ER, that's what I will ask for.
I will check back for ideas and post updates here as this unfolds.
To add: I am also trying to get back to work, but it seems to me that I need to be free of nighttime pain first. I will also confirm that with the GP today.