"Jitters" and Shaking after Pacemaker
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I am writing this on behalf of my mother, who recently received her 1st pacemaker at the age of 69 (almost 70 years old). She had her procedure on July 30th and ever since then, has been experiencing what she calls as internal "jitters" throughout the inside of her body and shaking.
Until February of this year, my mom was healthy and a "young" 69 year old. In February, she then started to experience bradycardia & arrhythmias. After many months of doctors appointments and other procedures, it was decided that a pacemaker was the best - and only - option.
On July 30th, she had her pacemaker implanted and a few days after her pacemaker procedure, she experienced severe chest pain. She went back to the doctor and it was determined through her symptoms, EKG and ultrasound that she had pericarditis as a complication of the pacemaker procedure.
She seemed to heal overall from that. They also wanted to do a CT scan, but I was the one who asked that she wait a bit as I didn't want her to get more radiation than she had already had in the previous months. They thought the CT scan would just double confirm all the lead lines were connected.
Now it is August 9th so it has been a month and few days from her pacemaker procedure and she is experiencing internal "jitters". Her whole body (inside) feels as if it is trembling or shaking all day, all night. In addition to the "jitters", she is also experiencing pain on the left side of her chest (around where the incision was made).
I chalked it up to anxiety - at least the "jitters" part, but I dont know if anxiety would manifest itself in shaking the entire day and night. I am praying that maybe the Pacemaker Club warriors have experienced something similar. She cries daily saying she hates the way she feels and this isn't a life for her.
The only difference was the pacemaker. The packemaker is working 71% of the time (its set at 60 bpm or above) so she absolutely needed it, but has anyone experienced the "jitters" as a side effect of the pacemaker.
And/or has anyone experienced pain around the incision site a month after the procedure? I thank you in advance for your guidance and sharing your story. I feel hopeless and as a daughter, I want to help - I just don't know how to. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!