I am 26 years old and had a duel chamber pacemaker fitted in January for 3rd degree heart block that was causing intense dizzy spells and light headed ness.
I have been struggling emotionally in the run up to the surgery and had a bit of a break down a few days before the surgery.
Since the surgery I have not been having the same lightheadedness and dizziness so I know the pacemaker must be doing it's job but I constantly feel as though it might not be working properly. I am also unable to sleep on my left hand side because I can feel my heart beating against the inside of my ribs.
in addition to this I have also started getting pains in my left arm and arm pit and am convinced they are related to the pacemaker. I have not really moved my arm much since the surgery as I am scared of displacing the leads. My cardiologist has said I should start getting back in the gym but I am scared to do so.
Prior to my surgery I would run 5-10km per day but have done nothing since. Has anyone else been through the same thing? I have spoken to a couple of people but they have been a lot older than I am and have not had to make the same lifestyle changes as I have.
I am seeing a therapist who is helping with the anxiety but I'm hoping others might have been through something similar and can share their techniques for overcoming the lifestyle change.