Hi. My name is Jill and I’m 66 years old. I had a pacemaker implanted on December 23, 2019.  It wasn’t a surprise, but it’s stll difficult.  I have been in more pain and discomfort than I expected.  The first few days I was on pain killers. I’m off them now.  Luckily, I have an incredible support system with my husband, daughters, siblings, and sons-in-law. My grandchildren are FaceTiming me to see how I’m doing.  Even with this support, I was excited to find this group, people who truly understand. 


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by Lyoung530 - 2019-12-29 13:30:32

Hi Jill,

My pacemaker was put in on September 26, 2019 and I'm still sore over my incision.  The best advice I can offer is to rest and take advantage of all of your help.  It will get better.  I was on pain meds in the hospital but I didn't want any when I went home so I did have pain but Motrin seemed to help.  Give yourself some time and you'll be surprised how much better you feel.

Happy New Year!





by Graham M - 2019-12-29 17:40:38

Hi Jill,

Welcome to pacemaker world.  I had my PM implanted in August 2019 and it's still fresh in my mind.  I took painkillers for 3 or 4 days and had to sleep sitting up for about 10 days, but the pain soon disappeared and I was able to get on with life.

It's early days for you but I'm sure you will be amazed at how good you feel in a few weeks time.

Best wishes,



by dennvi0528 - 2019-12-30 12:25:18

Hi Jill, I had my PM put in on January 22 of this year.  I just turned 50 in August of 2018 and started feeling dizzy/lightheaded.  I never expected to end up with a PM, but such is life.  I didn't need pain relievers after surgery, just took Tylenol once or twice.  I was worried about infection at first, but it turned out fine.  The biggest problem for me was mentally I wasn't prepared so I went to a therapist three times and felt better after that.  I'm slowly starting to work out again, although I've walked since getting it.  It's coming up on a year and I'd say I'm forgetting about it less and less.  Feel free to ask questions or let me know if I can help in any way.  Good luck.

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by MC1223 - 2019-12-30 21:44:44

Hi, Jill. My name is MaryAnn and like you, I had my implant on 12/26/19. I just turned 67 on 12/23. Already I am feeling better! Can't wait to shower! I'm still sore from the incision for the implant. But it's not sore enough to take anything. I used ice packs in the hospital and they worked. I can't take NSAIDS so I have to take Tylenol for pain. I'm on various meds: coumadin, sotolol, digoxin as well as Lisinopril which I've been taking for a few years now. I now have to watch my vitamin k intake. That shouldn't be a problem. I wasn't prepared for this as others have stated but I had great care in the hospital and they answered all my questions. I'm feeling better than I have in quite a while and finding it easy to adjust to what's going on and what I have to do. I hope you feel better soon!

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