This too shall pass(?)
I see many postings here about the way the pacemaker feels, asking when will it become unnoticeable, and I do see that the answer is almost always that the sensation is normal & will disappear over time. Yet, here I am with almost the same question, and expecting the same answer--guess I just need to see it in connection with my own experience! Also, I often post with the thought that, if I am feeling this or that, probably many others feel the same & can benfit from the information.
I had my pm implanted Jan 27th of this year. I went through the roller coaster of physical & mental reactions, and keep thinking that i am healed, adjusted, and should have no issues of discomfort or concern. The last few days (I think it started over the last weekend) I feel itching & soreness all around the area of the pacemaker, particularly near the armpit, where I almost feel as if some part of the device is now closer to the surface, as the bumps under the skin seem more prominant. It seems to me that something is even slightly interfering with the movement of my left arm.
I have had the tingling that has been explained as healing nerves, but these sensations are new, and I'm wondering if I have done something "wrong". Is it possible that I have caused the device to move, maybe by sleeping in an awkward position? After the initial healing period, I had no discomfort in sleeping, and felt no need to limit my movements. Should I be more careful even after months have passed--maybe using a pillow on my side as some people suggest? I'm not worried that the device is damaged or that I have injured myself, I just don't like to think that discomfort will be a recurring problem. If it is a case of giving myself time to heal, how much? I would have thought 4 months was a good chunk of time, but maybe a year? There is certainly a lot more to this journey that I thought going in, but I am happy to be feeling as good as I am.