Please help! Feeling awful after surgery + other concerns
Hi everyone! I could really use some guidance. So, I am 26 and got my pacemaker implanted four days ago. I know that pain/soreness in the incision is totally normal, but even despite this, I haven’t felt well since getting the pacemaker put in. A few things I’ve been experiencing:
- Sharp pain in my left side ribs around the mid-section
- Dizziness/lightheadedness + nausea
- Soreness on the right side of my neck, and inside my throat when I cough
- Back pain (unsure if this is related)
- I think I can actually feel my PM working. From what I understand, I’ll be actively paced for a while before it’s adjusted, which is fine, but I was under the impression I wasn’t supposed to actually be feeling this?
Are these things normal? Has anyone else experienced them? My cardiologist is VERY hard to get a hold of, and honestly, has been awful throughout this entire process. I feel as though I was rushed into this procedure without having time to actually talk everything through with him. Despite attempting to call his office numerous times while in the hospital (admitted with 3rd degree AV heart block), I didn’t actually speak to him until about 15 minutes before the procedure. My lack of knowledge and now general distrust towards my doctor is fueling my anxiety. I just feel like I have no control anymore over what’s going on in my body.
I think my anxiety/concern also stems from the fact that I question whether I even needed this procedure. While I have gone into heart block a couple of times in my life (the first time was back in 2017 and went away after a couple of days), it has never actually led to anything significant happening. My heart rate even during my recent hospital stay was very steady at rest, never dropped very much at any point in time, and I’ve never fainted as a result of the block. Additionally, prior to receiving my procedure, I felt FINE. My cardiologist noted this, but still suggested I get the PM regardless. I was isolated and alone because of COVID and thought it made sense at the time, so I decided to go through with it.
Now that I’ve had it for a few days, I don’t feel any better and am regretting having done anything since I was feeling fine prior to the implant. I am in the process of seeking out a more diligent cardiologist but wanted to also know whether it is even possible to get the device + leads removed in my circumstance.
I am just very scared about this whole thing. Any guidance would be appreciated!