Infection? 6 months post new lead and box change
I am 42 and had my first (dual chamber) pacemaker at 19 due to complete congenital heart block. Six months ago I had my latest battery change (lost count how many!) but also had to have one new lead fitted as the other was essentially broken! This last procedure was not without complications but I had seemingly fully recovered.
A few weeks ago I noticed I had a few sharp pains periodically around the pacemaker incision site when I moved or laid a certain way. It is a little itchy and best I can describe it as is 'increasingly uncomfortable'. Today I noticed a swelling that resembles a large boil (about 1cm x 1cm) at the top of the incision site. I have two elderly parents who rely on me totally to take them to their respective cancer treatment appointments which are coming thick and fast, I have two children aged 1 and 3 and work full time. I am really hoping it isn't an infection which will necessitate another operation which will keep me out of action in terms of caring for my family but can it be anything else?
You know you're wired when...
Youre a battery-operated lover.
I am no expert, but I believe that without the defibrillator that I have, I would be dead.