wearing a shoulder brace on pacemaker side - pain in left arm and shoulder

I had open heart surgery and a pacemaker placed in March 2022l  Before the surgery I had to sleep sitting up in order to breathe correctly.  I think I may have pulled a muscle or the shoulder cuff (?} I can't lift my arm ovner my head and My arm pops  alot. I  recently saw  The Compression Shoulder Brace™ advertised.    [Compression Shoulder Brace – Healthy Lab Co] It looks reasonable to me. What I need to know is it okay if I wear such a brace over my pacemaker?  I do not want to have anymore surgery...


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by Lavender - 2022-12-08 22:08:14

I would be hesitant to self diagnose. You may not need surgery anyway. Perhaps you should see a dr and get an xray or test to see what's wrong. Then you can ask a professional if the shoulder brace would be ok. I wouldn't think it would affect the pacemaker if it's just a compressor type sleeve. But, it might rub over the skin covering the pacemaker which is not good. See a dr. 
 

You may benefit from physical therapy and/ or massage. 

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by Tracey_E - 2022-12-09 08:46:45

The brace isn't going to hurt the pacer, if that's what you're asking. But to echo the others, talk to a professional. If not an ortho, then at least a chiropractor or pt. 

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