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Posted by rolson on 2014-11-07 12:34. 1 comments. 100 reads
 
Good morning everyone! I got my PM tuesday night, 3 days ago. Just a couple of hitches, first i was very dehydrated so the had issues finding veins for the IV. Then the doctor had issues getting leads in, i must have been very very dehydrated, he nicked my lung so that sucked, i got an extra day in hospital. BUT, as soon as can out of surgery my husband said i looked much better. I have to say, the drugs to help the tacky are going to need tweaked but i haven't cried since the surgery and that is huge. I was a water park daily. I felt horrible physically and emotionally. I really didn't think this small devise would help so much. I am so grateful to science and doctors. I can now start living again. And thank you all for listening...


Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-11-07 10:51. 4 comments. 228 reads
 
So queston...this is kinda funny to me anyways. Monday night I go to bed about 9 o'clock as my PM was being rough to me most of the day and that can wear me out. Well my husband comes to bed about 3 hours after me and I feel him touch my hip, then my shoulder then me leg and I turn to him and ask what the heck he is doing. He said you are vibrating of course I said what!!! He said he got into bed and the bed was vibrating so he started to feel me and he said my whole body was vibrating, not shaking, but vibrating. Once he woke me up I could feel the bed vibrating but not my body...Weird. Anyways I am getting ready to go to my first PM check up today and I am curious what they are going to say when I ask them about this. They are probably g...


Posted by joelcr3 on 2014-11-07 07:58. 4 comments. 171 reads
 
I get a strange feeling almost dizziness when using my Dell laptop on my desk. I pushed it bck at least 18" from me but still get the feeling. When I use the desktop in another room the CPU is located away from me and its fine. I have a Biotronik Evia DR-T with 2 leads and is almost 7 weeks now.
Anyone else have anything like this? any ideas?

Posted by capecod on 2014-11-06 20:49. 2 comments. 107 reads
 
I know many of you live in England and i am wondering if you have heard of this for cataracts? I have been reading about it and it seems it was tested and reviewed overseas (i live in states). thanks for any info.

Posted by Robert122085 on 2014-11-06 17:17. 2 comments. 156 reads
 
Does anyone know if a pacemaker qualifies you for special military compensation or any other VA pay

Posted by skuhl5 on 2014-11-06 12:50. 11 comments. 300 reads
 
I am a 34 year old Female! I cant catch my breath, my heart feels.like its going to pound out of my chest, Lightheaded Dizzy, and been dealing with this since July 2012! I have had every test you can think of but everything has come out normal! Now I have been so dizzy lightheaded and short of breath going on 5 days with no hope in sight! The EP dr told me I was too young and they cant find a reason to have a PM installed my heart muscles are healthy! Can someone help me figure this out? I need a dr thats going to listen to me! I cant stay home the rest of my life! Taking a shower wears me out these days!

Posted by Stephanie1983 on 2014-11-06 07:47. 8 comments. 299 reads
 
Hi Guys,
I had a pacemaker implanted about 3 months ago and have lost about 15 pounds since then. I am eating the same amount as before. Is this because they have increased my pulse rate and i am burning calories faster?
Thanks!

Posted by mytrose43 on 2014-11-06 00:42. 0 comments. 73 reads
 
Hello all posted a few days ago about getting my 1st replacement pacemaker on 11/10 little nervous changing from a medtronic to a st jude not sur what model yet.The Dr also is doing a scar revision does anyone know if that will make it any worse pain wise or healing the last oe i had opened up and the dr let it heal like that because of a infections so it left me with a like 1 1/2 inch wide scar and about 3 inchs long. also curious about driving will I be able to drive the next day,Thanks

Hope everyone is doing well

Posted by Xxmikexx on 2014-11-05 23:07. 2 comments. 131 reads
 
So...this is what its like. Feeling better than before the surgery. I'm not used to not being dizzy and light headed most of the time! I have breath. What's with the energy I feel? I haven't felt that in a few years. I have an underlying energy, feels really neat to have energy again. I just can't explain it correctly...I'm just not in the mood to nap any more...naps were great things in my life until last week. I always needed them. I certainly don't dislike naps but really I just don't have a need to take one. Just saw the nieghbor,. He commented that he thought I had been sick a while as I look really good today. Really? Is it that noticeable? The wife says yep. Kids do too. Ya know my shoulder doesnt even bother me? Now if...


Posted by trish on 2014-11-05 13:45. 5 comments. 155 reads
 
I just got a new labrodoodle puppy just 7 weeks old. He followers me around house very well However when I tried to walk him on leash, he wants to walk just behind me or on right side. Right side is certainly better for me as avoids L shoulder discomfort from PM. Does anyone know of a problem in reinforcing his preference for R side walking? Trish

Posted by Haileyga1 on 2014-11-04 21:33. 5 comments. 286 reads
 
I work in the foodservice industry and I will be getting a pacemaker. I have to walk into storage freezers quit often to pick up product. I usually am not wearing heavy clothing when I go into the freezers (just a regular jacket). Do the below zero temperatures affect the pacemaker?

Posted by dkburnes on 2014-11-04 15:17. 2 comments. 136 reads
 
I have had my PM for 4 mos, for SSS. I am experiencing a few symptoms. I'm hoping someone will be able give their insight.

Headaches at bed and most of the day. I get tired more easily - better than I was before the pacemaker. I was feeling pretty good a bit ago, but getting tired again.

I've had my PM adjusted a month ago. I'm 65.

Posted by Tick-tock on 2014-11-04 01:03. 1 comments. 161 reads
 
I am scheduled for cardiac cath and ablation tomorrow morning. I had a pacemaker inserted October of 2013, followed by an ablation and pacemaker revision in March of 2014. Initially, my pacemaker was inserted for bradycardia. Since the pacemaker, I have had daily tachycardic episodes, hence the original ablation. However, I continue to have these episodes, so EP decided to completely ablate my av node. I thought this was completed last ablation, however not completely. Anyway, my question is how long is recovery after? Even though I had previous ablation, I also had other procedures at the same time, causing me much discomfort. My problem is, I have to sit through a 4 hour lecture the day after this procedure. Am I being realistic? And Thu...


Posted by Sully06 on 2014-11-03 20:13. 17 comments. 371 reads
 
First day back to work today after getting my PM about a week and a half ago for SSS. I feel pretty good, i can tell there is a difference, but i still got that tired, and dizzy-out of it-feeling around noon today. I already had one adjustment made on my first follow up visit after my procedure. How long before I start feeling "really great" or "like a million bucks" like the EP and nurses told me I would ?

Posted by WillieG on 2014-11-02 15:39. 4 comments. 177 reads
 
I experienced some "strong feeling" heart beats while biking up a steep hill in mid May. Heart block occurred during a stress test with 2:1 conduction. I wore and event monitor , but the reading were squiggly and nothing could be determined from that study. Next I had an EP study where my atrium was paced at "physiological rates", and they determined I had Mobitz II HB and put in a dual chamber PM during the study so I didn't have time to prepare. Now, 5 months later, I don't have this block except for biking up even steeper hills once a month. I wear a HR monitor and this happens around 160 bpm. During a block, I still feel fine. My HR drops to half (lowest it has ever been is 72) and then goes back to what is was. My PM is set to o...


Posted by Sully06 on 2014-11-02 13:40. 2 comments. 109 reads
 
I just got my pm implanted 12 days ago. I am still getting used to it. The last 3 nights I have been brought out if sleep by a strange feeling in my chest, like someone is tapping me with their finger just below my collarbone. Has anyone else has this happen?

Posted by Xxmikexx on 2014-11-02 12:45. 4 comments. 158 reads
 
So I just got my pm 2 days ago. Morning after my surgery I got and ekg...830am. Everything looks great you've even paced by yourself since the surgery, doc says. So..history...I have 3rd degree sustained heart block up to 15 seconds several times a day from the holster monitor I just took off last week after wearing that for a month.. anyway, so he comes back in 30 min later looks like a school kid all wide eyed and mischievious...how do you feel? I said...uh...fine, why? Hands me a strip and says look here...I happen to be observing another patient and the system alarmed..you went Brady and heart blocked and the pm did its job beautifully. Well, I tell ya folks...that was the neatest thing ever to see it on paper right after it ha...


Posted by sunshine on 2014-11-02 08:49. 5 comments. 141 reads
 
Having been hospitalized AGAIN because doctors don't look at meds and side effects, I've experienced some doctors, and others, pushing way too hard on the incision when using stethoscopes. Others are as gentle as can be. Prior to my hospitalization the incision was tender but not sore. Now I plan to call the gal who monitors my PC to see if this is something I should be worried about. What is it with doctors? Don't they GET it? Aside from my having to tell them to NOT press so hard or do it in another place, I see no alternatives. And when you aren't feeling good in the first place, this is not paramount on my mind. When will doctors get it?
and, we as patients HAVE to take charge of our health in a more forceful manner. I was ...


Posted by aldeer on 2014-11-01 11:05. 3 comments. 179 reads
 
will be having first pacemaker replacement in a couple of weeks using durabond tape to close incision. Will I be able to drive right away...I am the only driver in the family. If I understand correctly, there are no restrictions in raising arm on pm side...correct?
thanks for any answers.... aldeer

Posted by stannita on 2014-10-31 11:01. 0 comments. 88 reads
 
just curious about why the ventricle is now pacing when it has not to this point?
my atrium has reduced pacing now, I think because most of the hot weather is gone and my body works better in cooler weather.
does this make sense?
best of health to all



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