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Hi, thanks for getting in touch. I'm sorry to hear about the symptoms you've had following device implantation. As you may know, a CRT-D is a larger device than a normal pacemaker and so the 'can' or box is bigger than usual. Secondly, given your small build, you've had sub-pectoral placement most likely, i.e. it's under the muscle of your pectoral area/shoulder. This is so that it didn't risk being too close to the skin's surface etc. however that does now mean it will for a while at least, cause disruption of the muscle it's underneath and shoulder. It does take several months to become fibrosed properly into the area, upwards of 6 months but I would fully expect your symptoms to have eased by then. Your only other options would be physiotherapy or the nuclear option which is to have another procedure to move the device to another area but there's no guarantee that'll fix your symptoms and the risk of infection begins to rise so all in all I would ask you to consider that with time it should ease (easy for me to say I know). There's also never any harm in getting the implanting cardiologist to take a look but still, I wouldn't be a proponent of moving the device. I hope that makes sense and you feel better soon. All the very best.
You're very welcome indeed, glad I could help. If you could leva e a positive review I'd be really grateful. Wishing you the very best :)