New to the PM club

Hi all,
I had my PM surgery for a dual chamber St. Jude's this past Weds., it went smoothly afaik. One moment I was chatting with the nurses as the doc was putting on the anesthetic, the next they told me they were all done and I was getting wheeled out of the cath lab and back to recovery. Since then aside from a few odd throbs the day of surgery all I've had painwise are the expected achiness by my collar at the implant site and what feels almost like there's something in my throat but not quite, would it be safe to say that's pretty routine and will pass after a while?




by cadaverock - 2021-06-19 04:15:06

hey mike welcometo the club you find so many hepl here from other memebers so many symtpons there is alot you need to get used to it took me years to accept this .


by cardifflass - 2021-06-19 04:47:47

As you had a general anesthetic, the feeling in your throat will be from where you were intubated and will pass.

Just follow the instructions you were given and all should be well!


by Gemita - 2021-06-19 07:41:41

Hello Mike,

Yes this could be normal, especially after a general anaesthetic with intubation.  I had this problem initially.  

I also experienced some rather strange pulsing sensations intermittently in the diaphragm area and also in my throat, but I can be very sensitive to pacing.  I believe too at the start of our pacing journey, they leave some settings set purposely higher (lead voltage for example until our lead tips are well embedded into heart tissue) and can then be lowered after around 6 weeks as our hearts get used to pacing.  This is what you might be feeling too perhaps.  So all in all, sounds normal and that you are making good progress and have come to terms with your new friend.

New to the PM club

by TAC - 2021-06-19 10:50:08

Welcome aboard Mike. Your post procedure symptoms appear to be those expected. You wil now go into a period of adjustment. It will take a few months before you stop beng self conscious of your device. It took me a long time before I could trust it. Now, after 4 years it feels so natural that I don't even think about it.

Thank you!

by chrysotile - 2021-06-20 15:27:15

Thanks for the warm welcome, good to know most of this sounds par for the course. One of my biggest hurdles is trying to no let my hypochondria or hypersensitivity get to me, like I'll move my arm *just* enough so I feel a twinge or make an instinctive jerk to grab something that's falling and immediately wonder "oh no what if that dislodged a lead?"

To help myself fight that latter tendency I asked for a sling before I left the hospital, the nurse I had at the time seemed to think I didn't need one at first but understood when I told him why. Tying in to the hypersensitivity part I'll keep almost trying to see if I can notice the leads, but that's really pretty counterproductive in the long run and like you've all said, whatever pains ought to pass and I'll get used to having the PM. Definitely better than having any more pauses in my sleep!


by dwelch - 2021-06-22 08:16:00

Yep, that is routine, as expected...

I have the same Mike

by BHD - 2021-06-23 12:42:05

Hi, I'm new here too. I got my first PM on 6/10 and I am dealing with all the things you outline. I had a sore throat for about 5 days, mostly when I was laying down and then stood up. It has basically completely gone away now though. 
For me, the fear that I have done something to disturb the leads or that any little discomfort, muscle spasm etc. means that I am in a world of trouble is by far the hardest part of the process.  Completely hypersensative about everything. I try to follow doctors instructions best I am able but instinct over takes sometimes and I reach in a cupboard, use my arm to sit up, or do something in my sleep that inconvince myself has totally screwed the pooch.  I have a check on the PM 7/15 and I assume if this is working fine I will be told that I can move forward without any restrictions on lifting, reaching etc. I am hoping this check (obviously as long as I haven't truly messed something up) will go a long way to assauging these fears. Until then I just attempt to stay calm and carry on. Good luck. 


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