pacemaker pain

Have had tests to check out this pain. It is near pacemaker. It feels like it's right on my heart. Scared me. Tests and more tests but Nothing is wrong with my heart or the pacemaker or the leads or a-fib or anything.

BUT, I have pain ranging from 4 - 9 and it occurs watching tv, walking, not during exertion. It is sporatic but no one can tell me what causes it or what to do about it. 

No one doubts that I'm having pain, but where does it come from? The pacemaker itself?

Anyone else have this happen. Never know when it will happen.

Pacemaker is set at 60 BPM.



by doublehorn48 - 2019-11-30 09:45:44

When one of my pm's was placed it was near a nerve.  When I raised my arm to a certain angle my pm would "jump" under my skin.  My Doctor said if it gave me problems he would move the pm.  I just kept from raising my arm to that angle.  Maybe yours is close to a nerve.

Some pain

by Theknotguy - 2019-11-30 20:58:58

There is a lot of healing that goes on after the skin surface has healed.  For some people there is also pain caused by where the leads go in under the clavicle. 

I went back to working in the charity woodshop after about nine months post pacemaker.   I'd get severe itching in my pacemaker site and I'd get sharp, stabbing pains in  and around the pacemaker site.  It all had to do with the nerves healing underneath the skin in the pacemaker pocket.  There would be days it felt like someone had wrapped my pacemaker in sandpaper and scrubbed it around.  

The sharp, stabbing pains would last for a few seconds at a time.  You could never predict when they would come on and I had no other problems.  I'd be  expecting them after working the in woodshop and nothing would happen.  Then I'd just be sitting in a chair watching the news and I'd get one of the painful sessions.  Checking on this forum some people reported pain that felt like "ant bites" and I had those too.  I felt the pain was due to the underlying tissue being stretched out due to an increase in exercise.  Gradually they went away and I'm not bothered by them anymore.  

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