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Posted by helen1973 on 2016-04-15 21:54. 4 comments. 200 reads
 
I am having an issue, that I am hoping someone may have insight on. I am six weeks in with my pace maker, and I am a 43 year old female. I was feeling really good for the most part, as far as energy, and such. For the last 6 days, I have been on my cycle, and the last few days, I feel very drained and tired. Is this normal, or should I be concerned? Thank you in advance. My pm has been interrogated twice

Posted by Vikisez on 2016-04-15 02:13. 1 comments. 219 reads
 
I got my pacemaker in Sept. I'm back to work at QuikStop and we have touchscreen registers. If I use my fingertips the screen doesn't work but if I use a pencil eraser or the bed of my fingernail it works fine. Can the pacemaker affect my fingertips?

Posted by LucyB on 2016-04-15 01:27. 2 comments. 251 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Just over 3 weeks ago while holidaying in the UK I had complete heartblock and received an emergency dual chamber pacemaker as a souvenir to take home to Australia with me.

I'm only 27 and before the pacemaker I have always been very active. I walked a min 10km per day and went to the gym to either swim or cross-fit 5 days per week. Since receiving my pacemaker just over 3 weeks ago I have lost 3.4 kilograms. I have been doing small walks for about 30 minutes twice a week and my eating habits have been worse since the pacemaker as I’ve been indulging in the occasional doughnut or cake which I generally never do. I’ve had my blood checked with my GP and everything is perfect so I think it could be ca...


Posted by TraceyE on 2016-04-14 12:57. 4 comments. 229 reads
 
To anyone who has gone off them, after you took the last dose, how long did it take until you didn't have any effects? I know the meds themselves don't last long in our system, but I expect it to take some time for the heart to adapt again.

Posted by Bookguy on 2016-04-13 18:17. 2 comments. 140 reads
 
I have eczema, big time! I'm getting the same run a round, where the dermatologist and cardio docs say: ask the ''other doc'' to OK lab tests.
So, does anybody know of an independent lab that I can send specimens to check for heavy metal poisoning? A name and phone number would be appreciated.
Thanks.

Posted by Nat on 2016-04-12 23:50. 3 comments. 195 reads
 
I am just about 87 yo...have had a PM for 4 yrs...regular and uneventful checkups...joined a gym for my debilitating arthritic knees...but I do get fatigued more than I like. "More than I like" meaning that a 45 minute walk fatigues me. Since the physical tests don't alarm my doctor, should I just accept that I am getting old and probably some other parts of me, such as my knees, are working in a diminished way?

Posted by admin on 2016-04-12 22:37. 0 comments. 105 reads
 
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Posted by Bee60 on 2016-04-12 21:17. 3 comments. 139 reads
 
Hi, just wondering if anyone has any experience of this. I have been told I need surgery on my hand DuPutrens contracture. The unit I was assigned to cannot do it, as the electric knife they use would interfere with my pacemaker settings. I am now referred to a large hospital. Never come across this before. My husband who also has a pacemaker has had surgery and never any problem. I would welcome any feedback or help. many thanks.

Posted by Sam124779 on 2016-04-12 05:28. 1 comments. 105 reads
 
Hi. I have had my icd implanted on my right side of my chest in December 2015 . I have had a lot of discomfort there. Because I am very slender in built. But recently I am having sleepless nights . Anyone else having this problem. I cannot sleep a full nights sleep. I am on medication that I take in the mornings only.

Posted by microscopess on 2016-04-11 22:47. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
Hello.

Meaning, I can feel my heart beat.

I've never felt this when i didn't have a pacemaker.

Is this normal???

Posted by hopefulheart on 2016-04-10 21:33. 7 comments. 272 reads
 
When reading our postings/comments, I often wonder how many of us spend precious living moments stressing over cardiac readings, numbers, studies....you get what I mean. The recent Merlin discussion got me wondering again, because I was actually tired by the time I got to the end of all the comments filled with the amount of just even cardiac info some of us have stored in our brains. Technology is great. Without it, I would not be writing this. I just don't want to wake up one day and find.....oops, I missed living because I was always worrying I had no monitor to monitor my Merlin if it should fail so to speak. Where does the line between heart technology and living life begin and end? Seems our needs for heart technology are as v...


Posted by AitorPomposo on 2016-04-10 16:54. 2 comments. 202 reads
 
Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce my self. I am 18 and currently living in Barcelona. I was fitted a pacemaker in 2010. I am open to offer my personal experiences in general and any advice whenever possible.

Thanks
Aitor Pomposo


Posted by microscopes1 on 2016-04-10 11:51. 5 comments. 225 reads
 
Just had a dual chamber installed and am curious how long until I am free to move around and not be scared I'll rip my leads out of place? One of the doctors said it can take up to a month and a half for everyone to scar tissue around. Is this true?

Thanks for all your help everyone. This is such a great resource.

Posted by Microscopes on 2016-04-10 02:36. 6 comments. 314 reads
 
I had septal ablation 2 days ago and now have complete heart block. They tried taking me off of the temporary pacemaker 4 times and I flatlined every time.

I'm worried now that I'm completely dependent, my pacemaker could fail and I'll die within minutes.

Anyone know how reliable they are? Anyone else TOTALLY dependent?

Posted by Pm on 2016-04-10 01:27. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
Hi all. Quick question...Anyone out there coughing while even a bit active (like just walking) one month post dual chamber pm? It's not a cold. Started right after surgery. Looking forward to some responses. Thanks

Posted by Sarbear on 2016-04-09 01:04. 5 comments. 275 reads
 
I am a little over two months post op (2 lead pm) and am scheduled to go in next week for my 3 month check up. I called today to ask what time my appointment was at and was told I actually needed to reschedule because my doctor was leaving the practice and I either needed to meet with him earlier in the week or schedule with the other EP (don't know what would have happened if I had just arrived for my scheduled appointment or if they were planning on telling me before I arrived). I don't really like the office that much (very disorganized, always take an hour or two past appointment time before they get me in, not open past 4 pm, etc). The nurses that check me in and does basic blood pressure etc, never know why I'm there, always ask i...


Posted by freddyv on 2016-04-08 15:47. 0 comments. 105 reads
 
OK this might be my craziest question yet in my many postings I was not feeling perfect so I went to my DR & my lower chamber was pacing at 100% & the last time it was this high of a number by some weird coincidence I just got a new TATTOO then also the DR says he doubts it could be from that but also said with my being a medical enigma as he put it you never know has anyone that has tattoos ever had that issue I know I get very excited when I get a new tattoo

Posted by LJRytel on 2016-04-08 15:08. 4 comments. 306 reads
 
Doctor wants me to schedule colonoscopy which may require the removal of Polyps.

Gastroenterologist said pacemaker would need to be turned off to remove polyps with electric current.

I have 2-3 degree heart block with non-paced heart rate below 30.

Not sure what to do here?

Posted by Slugger71 on 2016-04-08 14:37. 3 comments. 277 reads
 
I drink about 4 ounces of 80 proof rum per day, mixed with cola! Can anyone tell me if my heart health is in danger by doing this? If so, why? What should my limit be?
Thank you,
Jim

Posted by ShanDS on 2016-04-06 14:06. 1 comments. 143 reads
 
Has anyone used these machines after PM implant? I love doing crafts and decided that I was going to burn a few signs for our outdoor kitchen/patio/pool location. I purchased a kit and was using it last night and didn't feel right. Not sure if it was just an off day for the ol' ticker or if there are known interferences. I looked online, but couldn't find anything.



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