New Pacemaker

I had a pacemaker implanted 4 days ago due to slow heartrate. I am 61. All went well. I have more discomfort than I expected in my shoulder area.

When I take a deep breath I can feel it in the shoulder area of the implant. It is a lot less than the first day. I assume this is normal, but you know what they say about "assume". I do have more energy & I am more allert. My coloring is also better.

I have a pressure bandage-not to be removed for 2 weeks. So far so good.

This is my first venture into a chat room.

Thaks
NJS


6 Comments

Welcome

by Wannabe - 2008-05-24 05:05:33

Hello NJS - very pleased to hear you're already feeling the befit from your PM. Of course, you're going to be sore for some time around the site of the implant. It doesn't heal up overnight. However, despite what you might be thinking just now, it most certainly will. I hope you continue to improve and feel better every day. Don't try to do too much all at once. Let Nature take her course and you'll soon feel fit and well once again. There are lot of nice people on this site who'll encourage you and cheer you on. Be safe and well. Kind wishes. Wannabe

Welcome!

by CathrynB - 2008-05-24 05:05:54

Welcome to PM Club, njs -- I hope you find a long and happy association with us as I have in the past 1 1/2 years.

Your experience so far, only 4 days into it, doesn't sound at all unusual to me. Have you tried ice packs on your incision site? That helped me and others a lot. My experience was that the pain improved daily, until I started feeling so good that I began doing normal things again, and then I had days where I "over-did" and it bothered me more again. So I'd suggest you follow doctors orders about taking it easy for awhile, expect improvement gradually but regularly, and expect that as you feel better, you may over-do a bit and the discomfort might wax and wane. Unless you have increased swelling, redness, warmth to the touch at the incision site (all signs of possible infection) I don't think you should be concerned that you still have discomfort 4 days after surgery. Most of us found that the post-op period was harder than our physicians led us to expect -- telling us it's "minor surgery" etc.

Hang in there and keep asking your questions. That's what PM Club is here for. I'm glad you found us.

Take care, CathrynB

NJS

by jessie - 2008-05-24 11:05:30

hi welcome to this pacemaker club. i am glad to hear you are feeling better already. it took me 3 months to totally get stronger and my dr. my cardiologist said well you were really sick. it will take time to recuperate. i was in 3rd degree heart block and my pulse was 28. so here i was with an electrical system not working properly. so hence the pacemaker. 2 years later i am back to normal flying again and enjoying life to the fullest. so like cathrynB says we are led to believe it is minor surgery when in fact it is a little more than that. welcomea again. jessie

Welcome

by richan - 2008-05-25 07:05:37

Hi NJS,
You are not alone. Glad to have you with us. I'd say you are doing very well. 4 days post-op, you ought to be a little sore and tender. I like your comment about getting your color back. That was the first thing a friend noticed when she stopped by about 6hrs post-insertion.
They let me go home the next day. To test it, I went for a walk and didn't get dizzy or run out of breath!
Like Jessie, I could not use my full range of motion for about 2 months (leads had to heal in place) and then it took about another month to get back to where I was.
In spite of some of it's limitations, your PM is a wonderful piece of technology.
Keep working you way back to normal.
Be happy and be well,
Richan

Oops

by ghettofibrullous - 2008-06-07 10:06:02

Hi guys,

My apologies I was trying to put up a new post and somehow accidentally added a comment to this post. Certainly didn't mean to hijack anyone's post and I'm not sure how to erase this! Anyway, sorry and I will post appropriately on the general board.

Brand New ICD

by ghettofibrullous - 2008-06-07 10:06:31

Hi All,

Wow, I can't believe there's a MB for people w/ ICD's/PM's, that's great! I even see there are a lot of young people on here (i'm 29, female). Well, my story is that I was out jogging on 5/29 (wasn't really going fast, just kindof warming up) and I got extremely dizzy and passed out in the grass (still face planted and ended up w/ a nasty bruise on my chin). A neighbor saw it and ran over and roused me and we headed to the ER. I got the regular workup of tests (blood, EKG, echocardiogram, etc) and it showed that my troponin levels had spiked a bit and my EKG looked very "brugatta-ish" which made them all think "hmmmm?". To make a long story shorter I spent a week in the hospital going thru a battery of tests meanwhile my tropinin levels quickly returned to normal and my first EKG went from "brugatta-ish" to looking the 2nd and 3rd a few days later looking "long QT-ish" which they think was how it probably normally looks when my heart isn't traumatized.

After a week of torture (ended up having 4 EKGs, 2 echos, heart MRI, heart catheterization, Chest Xray, lung scan, abdominal scan, etc and finally the dreaded EP study) and most tests coming back squeaky clean (veins completely clear, heart/pumping, etc is strong, oxygen was great, etc) the conscensus was that I needed an ICD for the very abnormal EKGs that showed "long QT intervals" and they also saw this on the EP study though they weren't able to reproduce any sort of arrythmias. They said I was probably born w/ this and at risk for the sudden cardiac death thing. It all felt really strange, but this was supposed to be the 8th best cardiac place in the country (Duke) so I had to trust them. I cried and stomped my feet at the idea of this damn ICD. I'm too young, there's nothing wrong w/ me, you're "heart" people so of course you're going to recommend a defibrillator for NOTHING, you can't find out what's REALLY wrong so you want to send me home w/ this thing so YOU feel better, etc. I really feel like a freak w/ this weird health problems (I was also diagnosed w/ breast cancer out of the clear blue sky when i was 27) and the last thing I wanted was to see that "freakishness" manifested visually from some ugly bump sticking out of my skinny chest (i'm 5'4, 120 lbs, athletic and take great care of myself). I really thought they would tell me I had low blood sugar and send me home (especially considering I have never passed out in my life other than once in highschool) but 5 EP's agreed that I shouldn't leave w/out a defib. I felt I had to suck it up and not let my stupid vanity get in the way of my health (even though I STILL question if I really need this thing and if it's not overkill ).

Well, I just got my ICD on 6/5 and holy moses am I sore. They made it sound like it would be a piece of cake procedure too but for the past two days I have had trouble even MOVING (seriously). I have pain meds and they knock me out, but right now the only comfortable position for me is flat on my back... turning to my left or right when trying to sleep (which is ALL i'm doing other than watching TV for the past two days) makes it feel like something is just pulling like crazy in my chest. They say don't raise up your arm or really do much for several days well NO PROBLEM b/c I couldn't even if I wanted to. Is this normal and when will it get better? They did say that my case was particularly difficult b/c I'm small and don't have much body fat so they really had to manuever to stuff that box in my chest (I was awake almost the whole time and could feel the surgeon basically trying to pound the thing into the pocket). So I hurt all over both sides of my neck and down both sides of my shoulders and of course anything remotely close to the incisions hurts (I feel like a puppet strung way too tightly who can't move). The most bothersome thing is when i breath in very deeply the end of the breath hurts as if I have some sort of ache in my back, neck, throat or something. I'm sure it's all related to a lung pressing on a sore area of which everything is sore from my waist up....

When will all of this go away??? It IS a little bit better today than yesterday (i.e just being awake doesn't require pain pills) =-) but i'm wanting to go back to work soon (I was told i'd be good to go in like 4 days) and I'm NOT seeing that happened. I know, in general, I'm probably pretty impatient and it's only been 2 days but sheesh.

I also was wondering if anyone had to have an ICD implanted for a similar situation (passing out and one thing leading to another and the docs deciding you might be at high risk for another episode)?

Anyway, just wanted to say how excited i am to see a mb for this and how cool everyone seems (I read some of your posts). Glad I'm in good company and thanks for letting me on your website!!!! I'm sure I will have a lot of questions as I get more used to "Kevin" <--- that's what I named my ICD after my EP. Thanks and god bless.

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