Recovery 10 years later
I received a PM for complete heart block back in February 2010 at 53 years old after spending 5 days in the hospital with doctors trying to figure out why. I have lived with the pacemaker for almost 10 years with no problems until my last in office interrogation in which the nurse practitioner noticed some anomalies. Further testing (stress test, echocardigram) revealed that I was in congestive heart failure. While I did not think I had any symptoms, going back in my mind I was tired and attributed it to not sleeping well.
So last Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 I was the recipient of a CRT-d ( defibrillator as an added precaution, but has not been needed). To be truthfull, I felt so much better before the surgery and I know it has only been 5 days but I have no energy. My incision site pain has been tolerable, but what has been bothering is the entire left arm ( same side as implant). My hand (thumb and pointer finger esp) and forearm are swollen and bothers me the most.
I asked about this in the hospital and told that it is normal. I asked again after 2nd day at home and apparently not a big deal. Surgeon told my husband that I have a lot of muscle ( I lift weights, so I guess it would have been better if I had not been in great physical shape) so the under muscle implant was a lot of work for him, plus 3 new leads.
Maybe I just don't remember my recovery 10 years ago. Perhaps because I was 10 years younger. But I went into this surgery in great physical shape, well rested, etc, so why do I feel so dragged out? Anyone tell me about their recovery experiences? Maybe you know something that would help.