Pain on left side of chest

Still pretty new to the PM St Jude 2 lead PM is right at 2 months old.  The last couple days I’ve noticed a burning type pain in my left chest area, below my collar bone.  My PM is on the right side.  I’ve noticed by keeping a check on my BP that when I get to feeling these pains and kinda sick at my stomach my heart rate is at the set minimum of 60.  Before the PM resting HR was more often in the 40’s and 50’s.  Does the fact that my PM is having to work to keep a minimum rate have anything to do with the pain and nausea.  I thought it might be where one of the leads is going into the heart.  Any thoughts on this?  Thanks Radioman#1a


Pacemaker working harder?

by AgentX86 - 2020-07-12 21:58:08

No, the pacemaker doesn't care how hard it's working. You're a little unclear.  Did this pain just start a couple of days ago, or have you had it since you got your PM? 

I'd guess that what you're feeling is some sort of stomach problem (reflux?) but I'm not a doctor.  You should have this checked out ASAP.  It could be a lot of things.


Pacemaker working harder

by Radioman#1a - 2020-07-12 23:32:29

Thanks for the response!  I’ve had the same burning type pain in my left shoulder...right in the joint, maybe because the implanting of the PM has really messed up my sleeping routine as I always like to sleep on the right side but have switched to the left and can’t get comfortable.  That’s been going on for several weeks.(my PM is 2 months old). The pain that’s more on my left breast has just been for the last couple days.

pain following pacemaker implant

by Gemita - 2020-07-13 06:51:24

Hello Radioman,

Firstly I would speak to your doctors because your pain seems to be spreading and they need to be aware of this.

Burning pain for me personally would indicate a flare up of my CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) which can occur following an injury to the body.  Any injury or stress to the body however trivial may trigger a massive sympathetic nervous system response in some of us.  Burning pain could, I stress could, be the result.

Your doctors will probably want to carry out some checks to see whether there has been an injury following lead implant, to check whether the burning pain could be related or whether there is some infection going on.  They may want to carry out some blood checks also.  But please seek advice from your doctors.  I wish you well

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