Tingling in my left shoulder

I'm new here and the whole PM is new to me since having it implanted in Nov. 2019. Before I go any further, I will say I feel the best I have felt in 3 to 4 years since getting my PM. Before, my heart rate would stay in the mid 30's to low 40's and after several times of passing out, my Dr. decided I needed a PM. I've had several discomforts but nothing I felt was not part of the healing process, until several weeks ago. I have developed a tingling in my left shoulder and sometimes it will go down my arm. It must be nerve related, if I lean my head to the left, the tingling will start in the back of my shoulder and if I leave my head bent left it will eventually radiate out to my whole shoulder and down my arm; feels like my shoulder is going numb. Once I move my head back to streight up and down the tingling will go away. Other than this, I am doing much better since my implant. 




Tingling in shoulder

by Colombo - 2020-01-05 19:36:49

Hi SuperD,

My subclavian vein became 100% occluded at the lead insertion site. This has caused problems with both jugular and arm veinous return (soreness, swelling, discoloration). I might ask to have an ultrasound conducted by a vascular physician. I ended up getting an angioplasty and was put on Xarelto and it helped for almost a year. The symptoms are returning so I’m returning to the vascular surgeon to see what’s next. I hope this helps. 

Good luck to you!


Tingling in arm

by Theknotguy - 2020-01-05 20:56:48

I had problems after my pacemaker implant.  Only my pain went up my neck and into my left jaw.  I also had a problem with one of the muscles on my back going up into the neck.  It would spasm and all I could do was stand crouched over until the muscle finally loosened.  

As Colombo indicated in the previous note he had problems with veins.  My problems pointed more to problems with the nerves.  

What I did was to start working with a licensed massage therapist.  Main emphasis was on licensed and therapist.  We've had one member on the forum who had a bad experience with a massage therapist.  If you might feel a massage therapist will help, my emphasis is that you work with a licensed massage therapist.  My therapist went back for some training at her massage school so I've never had any problems.  

Due to the trauma I received before I got my pacemaker I've had to work with my therapist for a long time.  Consequently it took her six years to finally get to the muscles that would spasm.  Prior to that she was a great help with other problems I had due to trauma.  

I still continue to have nerve problems and I feel it's because of the insertion point of the pacemaker leads although my EP and other doctors say that isn't so.   However none has come up with a better explanation.  The problems do lessen but mine have continued throughout the six years I've had my pacemaker.  

While I'm not happy about the situation I have lived with it and continue to feel I can live with it.  So it doesn't bother me as much as it did right after the implant. I hope you can find something that can work for you.  


by Pacer2019 - 2020-01-05 22:00:21

On my left pec muscle would "quiver " .....it finally just went away after about a month or so ...I figured it must have been a nerve or something ..scared me at first.
you are pretty early in to the recovery phase to panic about anything - my thought was as soon as possible to start doing some mobility work to make sure my body was properly realigned after being in an unnatural position for several weeks. 
10 weeks in and I'm not having any issues. 
Congratultions on the gold result for the treated issue ! 

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