Problems with pain and pulsating after pacemaker install
My daughter pointed me to this site after doing a little research to help me with a problem that i have been having since the installation of a pacemaker. After wearing a heart monitor my Dr. contacted me and indicated that I needed a pacemaker. I had regulalrly missed heart beats and he said that the results were definite and without the pacemaker I was at risk of passing out. I had the pacemaker installed about two weeks ago, and everything seemed to be ok. After one week, I experienced extremely sharp pains in the area just under my left rib cage at the point where it intersects with my chest. After several hours I went to the emergency room and they did a number of tests including chest x-rays, blood tests, ct scan, echo. They did confer with my Dr via phone while I was there and in the end they ruled out a heart attack, and "anything life threatening," and sent me home with instructions to see my Dr. The pain had subsided. They did not offer any explanations for the sharp pains. The following day I began to feel palpitations in the same location where I had felt the pain. These palpitations were irregular at first and eventually began to be fairly constant, matching my heart beat. They also became much stronger and were visible through my shirt. Over the next day or two the sharp pains resumed accompanied by the palpitations. The pain is periodic as is the intensity of the palpitations, which are constant. Everything seems to be focused on the same specific spot under my rib cage, although I do have occasional pain in my back. I have tried to get an appointment with my Dr but he is on vacation and the soonest I can see him is July 11. I do not want to go back to the emergency room and go through all of the same routine with no answers or treatment recommendations. I am curious to know if anyone had similar experiences and has any suggestions. Going to be tough to ride this out until July 11.