6 weeks post-surgery
6 weeks ago I had my pacemaker (Biotronik, 2 leads) implanted for SSS. What a ride it has been. The first few weeks were definiately an adjustment. Now that my arm restrictions have been lifted, I feel like my life can go a back to normal. I'm posting, however, because I have a few concerns. I pretty consistenly have nerve pain throughout my chest cavity, mainly on my right side. By the end of the day my chest is heavy and I sometimes have some shortness of breath. I know everyone's recovery is so personal, but I'm having a hard time coping with this. I felt fine prior to surgery, with the exception of the days I fainted, so its been hard to see the benefit and appreacite this new thing in my body that is supposedly keeping me alive and well.
Has anyone else experienced this nerve pain? If so, is it a sign that I should be taking it easy and not push myself? Or is this pain inevitable as my body adjusts to my implant. As summer approaches I would love to get out on the lake (I'm an avid paddler) and slowly ease into some sports. If this pain is inevitable I'm prepared to ride the wave and push through it while I go out and do things. But if that will set back my recovery I will obviously take it easy!