Stinging and discomfort

I had my pacemaker implanted three months ago but I still have occasional stinging and discomfort especially at night. I'm 70 years old and quite active but wondering if this is normal. I spoke to my cardiologist several times he said give it longer.. any help would be appreciated.



by Tracey_E - 2021-02-17 17:48:37

It can take a while longer for the scar tissue to build up and it to get numb but it should get there! Stinging and random shooting pains can be the nerves knitting back together, a normal part of healing. Any time we are active before it's fully healed, we can aggravate the scar tissue. Have you tried ice? 

Same here

by TLee - 2021-02-17 20:30:05

This is funny, because I came here with a question about the same sort of feeling! I've had my pm for 3 weeks, so was hoping everything was nearly healed. Last night I woke up at some point & felt like I was in a position that was putting strain on the implant site. I felt a kind of pulling & some pain, so I changed position. Then I woke up this morning back in the same odd pose :(  All day today the site has felt more tender & painful, which made me think, Oh no, what have I done?! Glad to know it is fairly normal in the healing process. Whew! 


by Persephone - 2021-02-17 21:01:23

Yes, I also experienced occasional tugging sensations probably up through at least 6 months after implant.  Having a pillow to hug helped me get to sleep.

Standard feelings

by Theknotguy - 2021-02-17 21:26:15

As TraceyE said, it's normal and can go on for a while.  I had stinging pains that would happen at unusual times.  I'd just be standing, sitting, whatever and I'd get a stinging pain right in the incision area.  It would last for a few seconds and then stop.  Quite normal and nothing was wrong.  

Some people report "ant bites" where they will get small stinging feelings.  I volunteer at a wood shop and would be Ok during the time I was working, but the next day it would feel like someone wrapped my pacemaker in sandpaper and scrubbed it around.  All normal.  The pain from working in the woodshop started at nine months out.  I think in total, some of the unusual feelings went on for a couple of years.  

I hope for everyone they have a good adjustment to their pacemaker and can get on with their life.  

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