Fourth Day Pacemaker

I am not sure if what I am feeling is real or not. I seem to have a lot of tightness in my neck muscles mostly on the side of the pacemaker. A hollow sensation in the middle of my chest, headaches, and I have no energy.

I have expressed these concerns to my physicians's nurse, not sure if the information is getting to the doctor. the nurse doesn't seem concerned. Should I be?


Probably not

by AgentX86 - 2020-08-29 22:56:18

It's only been four days.  Give yourself a chance to heal.  You''ve gone through a lot in the last few days.  It's not surpring that you're feeling abused.  You have been.

You've talked to your medical team already.  They're not concerned so you should relax and concentrate on your healing for now.  If you still don't feel right when you have your wound check or first tuning, let them know again.

healing takes time

by Tracey_E - 2020-08-30 10:28:29

It takes a few days to get the anesthesia out of our systems. It's a minor surgery but it's still a surgery. Are you on pain meds? That will affect your energy level too, plus you probabably aren't sleeping well yet. It takes a week or two. 

Thank you

by Father's Daughter - 2020-08-30 14:44:35

Thank you for your input, I feel more at ease. This did take me by surprise as I was unaware I even had a problem. Everything happened so suddenly. I have CAD and was on a heart monitor for something entirely different. I had no symptoms from the heart block. It all seems like a "Wham-Bam-Thank you Ma'am".

sounds similar

by dwelch - 2020-08-31 17:46:23

Now to be fair it was 33 years ago.  But this all makes sense to me.  its only been a few days, neck muscles, the skin pulls, eating moving, talking, etc will pull and cause pain on that side, or if numb still then weirdness.

If you had heart block, then I definitely felt hollow inside, I could feel every beat before the pacemaker and then hollow after, it took me a long time to get over that and believe that it was still working, sounds normal if you had heart block.

headaches, if you had heart block then they probably have your rate set higher than normal, so I was say 44 resting, 30s sleeping and I think at first was bumped to 60 then later 50.  took a while to learn to sleep again, but the pacer is well worth getting over these things.  This all pre-dates the public internet and any other human other than my doc to talk to who puts them in but didnt/doesnt have one.  I likely would have felt better much sooner had I had a resource like this site.  My guess is it may be a combination of the higher rate and more efficent heart that is pumping better.

Still worth talking to someone at the docs office if they will listen but I dont yet think this is abnormal.  The first few weeks at best are recovery, pain here and there, things that are uncomfortable, hard to sleep well, get sore sleeping on one side, etc. 

Combined with this is all new to you so which pain or feeling is a problem and which one is normal.


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