PM newly implanted and what to expect during recovery...
Hello everyone, my name is Amanda and I had my PM implanted on 3 Nov 2020 due to complete heart block. Totally out of the blue and I'm still coping with this unexpected situation. So lucky that I found this forum and got so many information/ experience sharing from everyone here. (I'm from Hong Kong and there is no this type of platform in my city.)
I have few questions above what I felt after the surgery and how to handle the recovery. Looking forward to get some advices here. (English is not my native language, hopefully I could express myself clearly)
Q1: Pacemaker’s location - my PM was implanted left side under the collarbone and a bit close to the shoulder joint. When I raised my arm up to certain level (below shoulder) or move my arm toward right side, I could feel my PM clearly and feel like it limited my movement a bit, is it normal? And will this feeling subsided after awhile when my body/muscles adjusted to my PM? If yes, normally how long it takes?
Q2: Pacemaker rotating? - It feels like my PM is now rotated upward a little bit and not completely horizontal, like I saw in the x-ray a day after my surgery. It still located at the same area though. Will that (rotation) happen? Or just my imagination? Shall it be concerned?
Q3: When will I able to raise my arm above shoulder? - My doctor told me 3 months and the post surgery information sheet from the hospital mentioned a week - 1 month. So confused.
Q4: I feel like my heart is at the bottom of my throat! - I feel my heart is beating at my throat and some tightness as well. Not all the time, the feeling just come and go. It’s not affect my breathing either. Anyone have similar experience?
Q5: Back to work? - I’m wondering is that too fast if I go back to work next week (only 20 days after the surgery). Will that be not good for recovering? I work in a bank, no need to deal with customer directly. Only computer work. My doctor said should be okay but my boss is worrying for me.
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