Return to exercise following pacemaker + pneumothorax
Hi all :)
I've had my pacemaker fitted 6 weeks ago and was one of the lucky ones to have a pneumothorax as a complication that required a lung drain (would not recommend). I'm a 25yo who loves running and triathlons so have SORELY been missing my exercise, but have had problems with chest pain (lead dislodgement and recurrent pneumothorax has been ruled out) and fatigue with a graded return to exercise (began the return after the 2 week mark as recommended by my EP and cardiology team). I've had multiple opinions now from a few different health professionals (some telling me to only walk for another 6 weeks, some saying I should be okay to return after short rest), but would love to know if anyone has had the experience of going through rehab for both a recent pacemaker and pneumothorax (or really any complication that has hampered your rehab/recovery) and how you've coped with pain/new sensations! I feel like anytime I get the slightest bit of pain I freak out! It's been a very challenging adjustment for me as prior to my pacemaker I had no symptoms during exercise and all my problems were at rest (bradycardia and intense dizzy spells due to infranodal heart block).
My goals are to train back up to a 10km, then hopefully a half marathon by July 2023!
Also sorry, I know this message could belong in the complications thread too, but I'm most interested in hearing peoples experiences with their exercise and rehab :)
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