Recovery after PM incision

Hello it’s been 8 wks now since my incision.  still felt the tingling pain come and go occurrences. And this morning I felt energetic doing some laundry and unloading dishwasher. Using my left arm which still has tightening on my shoulder and armpit. But afterwards I felt uncomfortable pressure/ pain in my chest. Anybody experienced this?? Just feeling impatient until when I got up in the morning feeling all this heaviness and    Pressure? And having some back pain may be from my sleeping position. I still lie flat on my back. Hesitant to turn to  my sides which I long for, particularly where the pacemaker arm. Please help  


Time to stretch your arm.

by Gotrhythm - 2020-02-29 16:47:20

Bad news: The less you use your arm, the tighter and more painful it will become.

The only help for it is GENTLE stretching throughout the normal range of motion. Strecth until you feel the stretch, but never past the point of pain. Try to extend the stretch a little more each day.

Don't baby your arm. If you use it, you will feel some tightnes and discomfort, but that's not a cause for alarm. The more you use it, the more you will regain the former strength and flexibility.

At this point (8 weeks) there is no reason you can't or shouldn't sleep on your side if you want to.

8 Weeks

by AgentX86 - 2020-02-29 21:31:13

It's only been eight weeks.  Expect some tingles and soreness but Gotrhythm is right.  Yuse it or lose it.  In fact, it sounds like you haven't been using your left arm enough.  The longer you wait and the more you baby it, the harder it's going to be.  You should have been using it since day-1, of course within the limits given by your EP.  Back pain is further evidence of it.  Your muscles have tightened up and lost tone.  At eight weeks, you're not going to do any damage to your leads.  Get working!

Arm pain.

by Bigdan - 2020-03-10 05:29:17

How are you getting on Hollywood?

I'm experiencing the same but am just 3week post op with a dull ache in-between shoulder and elbow and a feeling of tightness between shoulder and chest brought on by certain movements.

After reading the others comments I'm trying to use it more rather than trying to guard it which I guess isn't helping recovery.

Regards, Dan.

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