Severe radiating pain left arm forearm since pacemaker surgery, deemed non cardiac pain
Hi, 8 weeks post pacemaker surgery, first pacemaker. First installation was complicated as was done in a superficial pocket that became infected after debark weeks.
Then 2nd surgery to reinstall pacemaker in deeper pocket, with no post surgical infection or abscess thankfully. 2nd surgery was around 4 weeks ago. However within days of the second surgery I am experiencing very severe throbbing radiating pain in my armpit, right side of the left arm and forearm. It has been assessed thoroughly by the cardiologist and surgeon and they have stated it's not heart related. They seem to suggest that it's psychological. However I have never ever in my life experienced such severe pain. They gave me low dose pregabalin which did stop the pain but was too sedating and I was worried about potential addiction risk and I ceased the medication within days.
the pain is back again.
Has anyone experienced similar type of pain post pacemaker surgery?
does this improve?
how to manage it?
are medications the only option?
pain is very debilitating, and I can't even sleep! And slowly I am also developing something like a frozen shoulder/ stiffness in left armpit area !
thank you for your help! And suggestions! 🙏