New member - recent first pacemaker implant
Hello everyone, I'm new to the Club, having had my first PM implanted on 1st March.
I'm trying to walk every day and currently managing about 3k to 4k steps before becoming tired and having to stop. I still have some occasional muscle aches in my upper left arm and lower left chest, nothing major, just the odd twinge. I'm eating and sleeping OK.
I had a first check of the PM at the hospital cardio clinic a week after surgery and they said everything is fine - my next check is on 13 April. I also had my outer stitches removed last Thursday at my local medical practice and they say my wound is healing up fine.
I have three questions:
From what I can see on here, 16 days since the op is very early days for lots of people - is that right?
I know everyone heals at a different rate, but when might I expect to see more progress with returning to normal levels of activity? (for me, that means about 7-8k steps a day without struggling).
I think one of my biggest issues is restoring confidence in going out, travelling and being more active, especially away from home. Any tips which might help me with this would be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any advice and support, being part of this group is hopefully going to help!