Where does your ICD hurt....

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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by karslake » April 9th, 2009, 2:18 am

Thanks, Karen - that was just lovely!
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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by gijss » April 9th, 2009, 5:13 am

Hurt is much said - I feel my ICD sometimes:
- When having been talking to people about the ICD. I find myself pointing at the ICD often then, showing where it is between two fingers, moving it, touching it too much.
- When weather changes, like when storm and much rain is comming. Others have it on a knee or anywhere surgery was. I have it on my ICD, so it functions as a weatherstation sometimes.

Like I say, Hurt?, No, but feeling it.

Almost forgot: Also when it fires. Last time end of December 2008.
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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by Ozchrissy » April 9th, 2009, 9:11 am

Ok, now I am sitting here thinking about my device and I can feel it. Mainly in the area where the wires leave the device and go into my vein. I also get shoulder pain on that side, didn't even think it could be device related, but I suppose it makes sense. I have a bit of arthritis so it may also be that too.

I have an appointment with a Nurse soon, at my Doctors office, she will do a full workup and assessment of my overall general health and things that I may need. I just found out that we have a scheme over here for people with chronic illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease, which will refer us to physiotherapists, dietitions (spelling) psychologist etc. My doctor sent me a letter and suggested that I go. We get 5 free visits. May go in and complain about my shoulder and it may be something that a physiotherapist may be able to help me with. May as well use the service if it is on offer. :lol:
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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by As You Wish » April 9th, 2009, 10:09 am

Mine will hurt during cold weather, it literally feels like cold metal in my chest and aches, not unlike the screws from my knee surgery. Nothing horrible but annoying, it sometimes will also move a bit towards my underarm and feel uncomfortable but if I shift my arm it usually feels better. Other than that I can't think of anything right now.

I have had it hit twice straight on from a little elbow and my son's head, not comfortable!!!! :(
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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by turboz24 » April 9th, 2009, 10:48 am

"It depends on the exercises that you're doing, but it may be related. You may know this already, but repetitive exercise of the chest area can cause lead problems including twisting, damage and breakage. It can also cause the ICD to move in its pocket and become dislodged."

My first Doc knew I was an avid exerciser and told me to continue everything I was doing before, so. This is also why my current doc believes I will always experience pain/discomfort from my implant. I think he is a little more "worried" about me wearing out the lead, but if your body can do it, the lead should be designed to handle it.

Besides, I think that if I gave the doc the option of me halving my diet and halting all exercise, dropping 1 lb/day until I had dropped 50 lbs, he wouldn't be to happy with the idea.

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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by turboz24 » April 9th, 2009, 10:54 am

If we are talking about getting hit in the ICD..... anything more than a gentle tap would land me on the floor, crying for an hr.

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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by Mark » April 9th, 2009, 10:59 am

I'm with Tombruce on this one: if I work my left side too hard ( or even sleep on it the wrong way) I PAY the next day for it. :(
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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by Aphra » April 9th, 2009, 11:50 am

The worst for me has been when our giant puppy has jumped on my chest, and planted his paw right on top of the ICD. Some mornings, this is how he wakes me up. It's hard to get mad at him, though! :lol:
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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by gijss » April 9th, 2009, 2:36 pm

I was once, November 2006, cutting trees when my branches-scissors went in another direction as it was intended to - in fact it bounched right on my ICD. I made a picture a few days later which I sent to my specialist - they were quite amused by modern technology - and asked me to come in to check the ICD. Yes, that did hurt when it hit the ICD... Btw: ICD was not affected.
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Re: Where does your ICD hurt....

Post by As You Wish » April 9th, 2009, 5:33 pm

Oh my gosh, can I say Ouch!!!!!!
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