Hi all, just need some info please. The girls will be helpful, the guys ...........not so much. Question; what is the lbest way to wear strap on bra or is there any type of padding to protect incision? Also can you ever sleep on your left side again? Got my PM on 4/20/2021.



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by Persephone - 2021-06-19 14:29:25

HI Rusty - I hope you're feeling well during your recovery after PM implant.   In my experience, I had a lot of swelling initally, and wondered the same things you are now wondering.  The swelling, if you're experiencing it, will go down - ice can help with swelling and discomfort.  My PM is located kind of central left chest, not off to the side as some others here have experienced, so the bra strap wasn't that big of a deal.  I did get some stretchy bras, different from the underwires I would have normally worn.  People here have talked about inventing a padding method (search for "bra" in the search box) and I wouldn't think investing in a new, padded garment may be necessary.  The car seat belt cover, though, is worth the minor investment, in my opinion.  These are available very inexpensively at places that sell automotive accessories.  Sleeping on your left side will come again - just be patient and let yourself heal.  Pillows can be very helpful.  Best wishes to you :)

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by Julros - 2021-06-20 13:12:06

Hi. My device is on my right side because I'm left-handed, so seatbelts were not really an issue. I wear an underwire bra, and for about 3 months tucked the right strap under my arm, and was just a little lopsided.

 Yes, pillows are your friends. 

It gets much better

by stillshocked - 2021-06-29 00:32:37

I got my first pacemaker in 2002 at 36.

I find front connect bras work better, also I used gauze pads at first.  After I healed it went back to normal.   I sleep primarily on my left but I waited for 6 months to make sure my leads set properly.  

It does get better and much less scary.  Best wishes

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