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Joined: February 14th, 2009, 7:11 pm
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Ok I am sorry if this sounds crazy, but I have had my Boston Scientific Cognis for 2 1/2 weeks. It's a CRT-D. Today while sitting at work I felt like a sharp sting feeling in the middle of my chest. Could this have been a small shock?
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February 20th, 2009, 8:43 pm
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No, I don't think so, Cathy. It's probably just a nerve. I don't think you will mistake a shock. I scream out, black out - just for a second - then WHAM! Somebody described it to me as like being kicked in the chest by a mule! (As I have never been kicked by a mule - I really can't say). Then it's all over. Only takes a few seconds.
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February 20th, 2009, 8:50 pm
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Oh I realize it wasn't the big shock. But I wasn't sure what the smaller pacemaker type shocks would feel like. Mine has the 3 leads.

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February 20th, 2009, 8:59 pm
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Hi Cathy,

I've had my ICD for about 8 months and I get the same thing sometimes. I think it's just the incision healing and the flesh/skin around the ICD still being sensitive. You'll probably feel it less as you continue to heal (I don't feel it often anymore).

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February 20th, 2009, 9:39 pm
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I agree with the healing. The incision is healing from the inside as well as the outside and I got these little sting like feeling from time to time as well. Eventually stopped.

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February 21st, 2009, 7:38 am
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Yeah I think it's part of healing. You'll know when it was a shock in my opinion.

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February 23rd, 2009, 12:49 am
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