Unexpectedly extreme pain following implant
Hi. I'm new here... I just got my ICD implanted 4 days ago, and the post-surgical pain is extreme; much worse than I expected. I usually have a pretty high tolerance to pain, but this is really bad. My doctor says that's not normal, and the Tylenol I'm taking should be managing it just fine. (I got the impression they don't believe me about the pain, or they think I'm being a baby.)
The pain is only bearable when I have ice on it, which I'm keeping on constantly. They finally said yesterday that I can take ibuprofen, and that's helping some, but I just can't believe it still hurts this bad after 4 days. The whole surgical area is painful, but most of all I feel sharp pain near my collarbone, like maybe it's digging into it. The incision appears fine, and doesn't seem to be the cause of most of the pain.
Has anyone else out there had unexpectedly severe pain? If so, was something wrong? (And what?)
And how long did it take to feel better?
Thanks so much for your help...
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