Post PM Implant

Hello all,

It will be 5 weeks tomorrow that I received my permanent PM.  Still having issues with soreness in my left shoulder, tenderness at the incision site and under my collar bone, some under my arm (armpit area).  Sometimes I feel as though my PM is getting in my way of some movement.  Constantly feels like something is blocking my movement. I do realize that there is an object there, but nonetheless its uncomfortable. I still have another week or so before I am allowed to lift my arm up over my head.  When I try to lie down on the couch it gets so uncomfortable and at times, I need to place a pillow under my left arm to prop it up a bit.  I get so frustrated that sometimes I start crying. Anyone else going through this type of thing and about how long does it last. I know everyone is different. 

Thank you for reading.


post implant

by Julros - 2021-05-12 14:36:49

Yes, many of us had issues with pain/discomfort after implant, but it does get better! Your body needs time to recover from the surgery and the resultant inflammation and swelling. Scars can take up to a year to remodel and shrink down, so give your self time to heal. For me, I had pain for about 6 months, but this is atypical. 

Yes, I think having a pillow under your arm is useful. Also, I used to sleep in a recliner at times. Some will suggest ice or cold packs, but I actually found warmtn to be more soothing. 

Post PM Implant

by BeatingHeart - 2021-05-12 14:53:39

Thank you so much. I'm glad I am not alone.  

No ,you are not alone

by Loretta - 2021-05-18 19:28:13

1/19/2021 left side implant. 

Still dealing with underarm pain which loves to radiate everywhere,including my chest and breast.  My tests have all come out good as far as ekg and pacing when I am in deep pit arm  pain and complain to my GP about it. 

I have felt the same issues as you. Aside from the pit pain ,the rest has gotten better. I swear he put it right up against my collar bone and it poked me all the time for the first few months. Drove me nuts! 

I have read we all heal different ,personalIy I think I am a little gun shy when it comes to any type of pain in that area pain since the pacemaker implant. I still worry at four months about anything that feels abnormal in my chest or near my pacemaker.

I guess we have to be patient.  The PM nurse has been real helpfull for my concerns(except pit pain lol)

Hang in there ,it gets better from what I have read! 




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