Out of Place

My pacemaker moved out of place. It is causing me problems. Pain, nausea, and what feels like electric shocks. I saw an urgent care doctor who contacted my Electrophysiologist. I am told to wait until my next scheduled appointment which is 6 weeks out. I believe this is due to the insurance I carry. I fall between not healthy enough to work (I  had a very physically demanding job) and not urgent enough to be seen immediately. 

Did any of you ever have your pacemaker move out of place? If so how was it resolved?


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by Tracey_E - 2021-06-05 11:11:24

If a lead is dislodged, it shouldn't wait 6 weeks. 

Should be seen.

by Pharnowa - 2021-06-05 11:58:27

Mine moved, but soon after implant. From reading on this site, I described to EPs office that I thought it may have migrated.  I  was seen within  a day by device nurse and the EP.

I did not have symptoms other than pain and the weird feeling of having a device at least partially in my armpit. They established  that it was working fine and the EP said he had had trouble placing it.

I'm adjusted to it's location and the pain eventually resolved. 

Best wishes!




by Tracey_E - 2021-06-05 13:18:44

The box can shift, that's not usually a big deal, more annoying than anything. But feeling shocks and other symptoms can be an indication of dislodged leads. Checking for that is not ordinary follow up so insurance should cover it. All they need to do is interrogate, possbily do an xray. If they have to be moved back into place, the sooner it's done the better. 

Movement Pain

by Tom Smith - 2021-06-05 23:54:56

I feel your pain,  mine moved slightly  and now rubs on my collarbone.  Depending what I do( I work on telephone poles )  the pain makes me nauseous  and my left arm goes numb. After trying physical therapy  that did nothing,  I'm having a repocket in july.  Hope you get yours back in place soon.

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