Arm Pain

Hello members. Had pacemaker implanted June 22. Wondering how long it usually takes to have complete use of arm on implant side and be pain free. I still experience pain when raising arm above shoulder.

Thank you



by AgentX86 - 2020-08-10 16:11:58

Everyone is different but it sounds to me like you may have some frozen shoulder going on. Did you use your arm normally (except the proscribed movements) immediately after your surgery?


arm pain

by vandyike - 2020-08-10 19:12:21

I had mine on 7/8. Pain was really bad. Many calls to Dr and no help xept offer of more pain med. Many sleepless nights. Pestered the hell out of him and after threatening to go to another doctor. Sent me to clinic er but result was nil. Said everything looked fine. He finally set appointment to see me abd check pacemaker . Could not explain why the pain continued as I had good arm movement . Suggested a orthopedic Dr. Since I had a good one I got quick appt. xray,exam etc.Selected option was a steroid shot. Bursa,sprain,whatever. @ nights later slept 80 % pain free. Now with my daily application of Ben gay hooray. Only occasional twitches. Long story for recommending an orthopedic visit. Good luck


by BCS749 - 2020-08-10 19:14:32

I tried to limit the use of my arm as they recommended. Sling for a couple days, no driving for a week. Gradually increased use of my arm within range that didn't cause more pain than I could tolerate.  Recovery just seems to be taking longer than I was led to believe it would.


by AgentX86 - 2020-08-10 21:48:45

It's a little late now but a sling is a bad idea.  I used one while I was walking (I do a lot) to take my arm's weight off the shoulder as I was moving but took it off immediately after.  The normal restrictions are raising the hand above the shoulder, full extension forward, behind the back, or lifting more than 5-10lbs. (depending on your doctor).  Other than those restrictions, the recommendation is to use your arm normally as soon as possible.  It's very important to keep the shoulder moving normally.

There may not be some frozen shoulder problems but it's worth a check by a orthopedist.  Some physical therapy may be in order.

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