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Posted by sooz on 2015-06-26 10:30. 6 comments. 138 reads
 
I promise this will be my last pre PM post. I have back injuries that need me to be adjusted often. At very least my husband applying quick pressure in mid back between shoulder blades as it goes in badly due to fall years ago. I actually sometimes think my arrythmias are way worse when I can tell my back is bad. Will I still be able to get adjustments with a pacemaker? This is a biggy for me. PM on Tuesday so trying to get my questions out. Thank you for your comments on my other posts. What a supportive group!

Posted by Hawg_man on 2015-06-26 07:04. 8 comments. 193 reads
 
Hi...I'm a new member who has an ICD implant since 6/2010 and had an incident yesterday. I'm not sure if my comments are about a malfunction or what but here goes. I was watching the TV and started feeling odd and my heart seemed to be racing. I took my BP and my BP was normal but my pulse was 129. II checked it 4 more times over the next hour and my pulse read 129 every time. I decided to go to my Doctor and he called 911 and sent me to the ER. They did an EKG and then decided to give me some medicine to slow the pulse down. It also was 129 at my Doctors and in ambulance. Then a Tech came in and setup to monitor my ICD and saw what he explained as a software glitch and after a few minutes he changed some settings and my pulse fell back to...


Posted by Dad1943 on 2015-06-25 16:41. 8 comments. 262 reads
 
Dear Members,
I have joined this club for my Dad who has been advised last month to get a PM cause of low pulse rate of around 40. First when my dad went for the checkup to the doctor cause he was not feeling much hungry and was eating less food, the doctor just gave my dad some medicines for 2 weeks and when he went to see him again he advised after getting the low pulse rate of around 40 that my dad should get PM. So my dad went to the heart specialist who our doctor recommended and his first impression was also that my Dad might not need the PM but he said we will do the Holter monitor report for 24 hrs and see what it shows.
So in the HM re...


Posted by Tabby on 2015-06-25 11:35. 7 comments. 197 reads
 
I have taken showers since getting my pacemaker almost 3 months ago. But I love long bubble baths. Is it ok to take them again? I don't feel that any question I have is too unimportant to ask this group.That's how you make members feel.

Posted by busrider on 2015-06-25 10:38. 2 comments. 165 reads
 
Apparently I suffered from A-Fib attacks for a number of years, dismissing them when they were the type that caused a pounding heart, total and sudden exhaustion, shakiness and weakness. I dismissed those attacks as being caused by working too hard for too long, perhaps without enough water or food, my age, my weight, and anything else that seemed reasonable.

I did not realize that there was also other ways to have A-Fib attacks and when I had those I called them "spells" and although they concerned me as they became more frequent and discussed them with my doctor, they were not diagnosed. Those took the form of lightheadedness, a fluttering in the heart region and sometimes an icy feeling also, a fear I was dying --- all wit...


Posted by vinay2ch22@gmail.com on 2015-06-25 08:17. 2 comments. 158 reads
 
hi
I had a pacemaker implant on 01/10/2014 and since then i was on metolar xr 50 twice daily which is now reduced to metolar xr 25 twice daily and one amlong
I felt erectile problems with my partner and still facing it. I read about side effects of beta blickers and dont know wether should i start with sildenafil citrate 25/50 for this.
Kindly help frenz


Posted by AfibBIPAPASV on 2015-06-25 00:40. 3 comments. 141 reads
 
This is my first posting in the Pacemaker Club. Because the way this forum is displayed is so different from other forums I attend (afib, sleep apnea,...) it's difficult to understand how to use it.

Here are some questions I might want to ask.

CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE THEY WOULD BE MOST APPROPRIATELY POSTED:.

1) Can you use a TENS unit when you have a pacemaker? How close to the pacemaker?

2) I noticed in the member sign in that a question asks how many devices I have. How many pacemakers can one person have?

3) I have a number of Interrogation reports I would like to understand better...

tHANKS

Posted by sooz on 2015-06-24 21:49. 4 comments. 120 reads
 
Hi,
I am getting my pacemaker Tuesday the 30th. I have a bad sinus infection and think maybe strep throat. Family doctor called a z pack in and I started it today. Is it ok to go ahead with surgery if you have been sick?
By the way dreaming every night that I get there and cancel. Guess I am more scared as days go by.
Thanks.

Posted by wired&blessed on 2015-06-24 19:51. 5 comments. 197 reads
 
Hello! Im wondering why some patients receive a single chamber pacemakers while others receive a dual chamber pacemakers. What is the difference? Sorry for this questio but im new to this and dont know much, thank you

Posted by SharonVelez0916@Gmail.com on 2015-06-23 20:58. 6 comments. 242 reads
 
I had a pm placed 2 weeks ago. I work far harder at home than at work. My doctor says I can't drive, but whose going to go grocery shopping and DOCTOR appointments if I DON"T drive?? So I am driving. I have a lot of pain, mostly at night, can't sleep in any position because of pain. I should be at work and I don't understand why I can't go back yet. I will have pain at home or at work, at least if something happens I'm already there *(I work in a hospital- ICU). from what I've read on this site lead dislodgement comes not from lifting your arm but depends on the type of leads the hook or screw kind. I am lifting my arm, it's hard NOT to. does anyone know of the reasoning behind these doctors orders??

Posted by busrider on 2015-06-23 18:59. 6 comments. 175 reads
 
I have been told by my GP that Tylenol is the only OTC I can take for my arthritis when the pain really gets tough. But I've been trying to avoid it until today. When the humidity is very high, even with AC I still have knees that feel as if they are being used on a football field.

I'm taking 20mg Xarelto with dinner. What I would like to know is if there are others here who are using Tylenol and blood thinners and if you have had any negative reactions, or if you use the OTC sparingly and have none.

Posted by mytrose43 on 2015-06-23 17:54. 2 comments. 93 reads
 
Hi all hope everyone is good , I just got out of the hospital from having a total knee replacement i must say it was a bit more than i planned for in hospital for 5 days much more pain than i thought but all went well with my pacemaker thank you for everyones input on that it apparently takes quite some time to recover but i am doing excercises and moving pretty good.

Posted by stacymedina on 2015-06-22 18:16. 12 comments. 234 reads
 
This is going to be a really random seeming question, I am just trying to be prepared.

I am a full time college student and getting my pacemaker next month (finally confirmed today). I know that for the first few weeks I won't want a backpack strap anywhere near my incision site because of irritation and pain, but what about later on?
How long does it take for the area to get back to normal? Does it ever get back to normal or will I want to invest in a nice rolling backpack?

Welcome to my denial bubble where I hide and think about inconsequential things.

Posted by suekoff on 2015-06-22 15:01. 3 comments. 140 reads
 
Hi all - I had a pacemaker put in back in January 2014. Everything has been great until the last couple of days. I have some pain right where the upper edge of the pacemaker is. I haven't done anything (to my knowledge) that would have "pulled" anything. Has anyone else had pain so long after it was put in? It's not terrible - it's just uncomfortable. If it's not better in a couple of days, I will call the doctor. Just wondering if any of you have had a similar thing happen.

Posted by stormynw on 2015-06-22 14:53. 7 comments. 299 reads
 
I have a question...
Do you ever wonder if you actually need a pacemaker. And . . . if you do have one has it made a difference? I first went to the Dr. because of sudden shortness of breath. They put me on the treadmill for what was supposed to be 15 minutes and I didn't even last 2 ninutes before the cardiologist said "I think we're done here". I said "that can't be good" and he replied it wasn't that my heart rate had slowed significantly and I might need a pacemaker. Well at 57 they implanted a pacemaker into my chest and then after having to go back in a week later so that they could reposition the left ventricle lead (Completely pulling it out and repositioning) I then also had multiple trips to the ER finally I ended up having...


Posted by Juliajambutty on 2015-06-22 14:49. 8 comments. 233 reads
 
Am a45 yr old female from Bolton UK . Had my pacemaker fitted 30/5/15 after having a 3 day monitor on which showed up sss. All happened really quickly - turns out my heart was stopping during the night and I didn't know . Is there anybody out there from round and about ?

Posted by wired&blessed on 2015-06-22 14:23. 7 comments. 111 reads
 
Hello my surgery has been rescheduled for next Tuesday instead of tomorrow due to insurance. Ill be having a St Jude Pacemaker, any comments on pacemaker? Thanks to all!

Posted by busrider on 2015-06-21 17:23. 0 comments. 68 reads
 
I forgot to mention that my PM was inserted on 20th of May and it is exactly 4 weeks since. Scar is good, PM seems solid, not having any problems.

Posted by busrider on 2015-06-21 17:21. 4 comments. 113 reads
 
all of you who read this were able to lift your arm above your shoulder, use your arm in a motion such as raking the yard, to name two things I need to do to complete projects that are waiting for me alone.

My cardiologist when I saw him on 8th June said I could lift my arm if I wanted, but I'm terrified to do so and haven't yet done it.

The nurse who was doing the PM check up didn't give me the same advice, and suggested I put off my projects for another 2-4 weeks.

What is the experience of more seasoned PM patients would be helpful to know, and advice is always welcome..

Posted by sunblock on 2015-06-20 22:23. 2 comments. 167 reads
 
If there is anyone out there that has their Merlin@Home outfitted with the USB adapter and router to send the data via the internet could you please reply with the manufacturer (probably Ralink Buffalo) and most important, the model number of the adapter.

Thank you very much. It is very very important.

sunblock



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