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A 29-year-old male asked:

I have a defibrillator implanted over my left breast. it has hurt ever since placed. i hurt severely at times. the ep doc says it os nerves around the device. the otc meds do not work. what can i do?

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Dr. Norman Knee
General Practice 66 years experience
Get second opinion: consider an evaluation by a different physician. It is not usual for an implanted device to be a source of continual discomfort. If an adjustment in the present position is not available, perhaps replacing the device in a totally different location will solve the problem. In addition to the possibility of nerve irritation as a cause of pain, one must consider chronic inflammation and/or infecti
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Talk to your doc: Best will be to talk to your doc, your PCP, who made the referral to the cardiologist. Based on the exam he or she will make a decision either to treat the pain, refer you to a pain clinic or consider a second cardiology opinion regarding defibrillator.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2017


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