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Posted by aportice on 2014-07-29 21:59. 3 comments. 49 reads
 
I am wondering if others have had a feeling of being bummed after having to have a pacemaker placed. I am only 42 and all the sudden I had to have a Pacemaker put in.

I am finding myself having a problem dealing with it. I don't sit well anyway and I am sure that is part of it. I also know that finding out I am not invincible is hard too. I lead a very active, busy life and I don't want this to slow me down.

Posted by Holladay Pacer on 2014-07-28 20:04. 1 comments. 56 reads
 
Hi,

I'm 43 and I will be having my 5th pacemaker put in since I was 25 this Friday. Super fun with a premature batter replacement, pacemaker pocket infection, lead extraction and move to the right side submuscular and one good ol' regular generator replacement in 2006.

I am trying to remember what the recovery was like in 2006 so I can plan my work schedule. I seem to remember it was very painful and I couldn't lift my arm for some time.

If anyone has had this recently, I'd love to get your feedback.

Thanks!

Posted by momhead4 on 2014-07-24 11:05. 4 comments. 138 reads
 
Well, I am at 13 post PM...sure have learned a lot since this all started!...thanks to all who post and help us all through this process...and it is a process!!....someone who commented on one of my posts asked me to repost a week later...feeling much better!...have more energy and don't get as tired as in that first week....anxiety and pounding chest are better; not completely gone...did a 45 minute walk this morning at a brisk pace and felt good!!...the reality check for me was my first post-op device visit...I am pacing at 73% so really am no longer questioning whether or not this needed to be done...I am wondering if anyone has experienced digestive/gastro problems in these first few weeks?....finding I am really constipated and gassy ...


Posted by kwkonk43 on 2014-07-23 11:17. 7 comments. 178 reads
 
It's been 5 days since I had my PM implanted...recovery has been painful and slow. Reacted to pain medication in hospital so pain management has been limited.
I was surprised by the amount of bad brusing to my left breast.

Is this common for women after pm implantation.

Thanks.

Posted by megsam on 2014-07-21 19:04. 8 comments. 267 reads
 
I got my pacemaker 11 days ago. What did the rest of you do for exercise after you got yours and how soon after the surgery did you do it? I just had a weird phone call from the cardiologist's nurse, repeating stuff I already knew, and I mentioned that I was going to walk on a treadmill but hadn't done it yet. She said maybe I shouldn't because what if I fell on it, and grabbed onto something, thereby reaching my left arm up higher than I should. I said, but if I walked on a sidewalk and I fell, my pacemaker/incision could be damaged and wouldn't that be worse? I probably should have simply said that I have never ever fallen on the treadmill. So then I asked her, OK what do you normally recommend people do for exercise after a PM? She just...


Posted by donna_26 on 2014-07-21 18:38. 3 comments. 120 reads
 
Woke up feeling a aking shoulder and pacermaker herting around it had it in for over a year now can this be normal . it is sore has anyone else experienced this ?

Posted by gen129 on 2014-07-16 22:49. 3 comments. 602 reads
 
Hello, I am new here. I have a Medtronic PM (my second one). I may need back surgery someday for a condition. Does anyone know how this would work with a PM? I am wondering if they would use a cat scan in this case to avoid an MRI? Anyon....thanks...Bill

Posted by MichelleG on 2014-07-16 16:05. 7 comments. 292 reads
 
I had my pacemaker aken out last Thursday to see how I do without it after having it for 8 years and I have been fatique and weak since, why?

Posted by momhead4 on 2014-07-16 10:33. 7 comments. 258 reads
 
I am 5 days past implant of PM....I am feeling like I take two steps forward and three back...even though my pulse rate is staying in the 60's and 70's I keep feeling like my heart is racing and beating fast.and occasionally light headed..is this normal??...also woke up this morning very stiff and sore...shouldn't that be getting better by now??....see the device person in 2 days...I know the mind is a powerful thing but having a hard time focusing on the positives of this device!!!....I have always felt good and full of energy...this is knocking me for a loop!!..thanks for any comments/suggestions!...soooo glad I found this forum!!

Posted by Texasgirl72315 on 2014-07-15 00:04. 4 comments. 133 reads
 
Friday is a big day! I get a 3year loop monitor. It's been a long bumpy road since being diagnosed with SSS. I recently had some episodes and one of these I wrecked my car. Not bad thank goodness but did give "The Jolly Roger" a messed up passenger mirror. When we got to hospital of course the tricky SSS decided not to show it's ugly head. I was kept over night in the cardiac unit to monitor but no episodes showed up. At least this way they will get to see what I feel.

Posted by Momhead on 2014-07-14 11:20. 5 comments. 253 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker implanted 3 days ago so I'm new to this club..am an active 70 yr old...my heart is strong, no cholesterol problems..only had low heartrate....starting to feel like my life will never return to normal!!!....tired, incision still hurts, feelings of rapid heart beats with pounding chest etc...am I expecting too much too quick??... Don't see device person for 5 days... Thanks!

Posted by megsam on 2014-07-13 23:05. 3 comments. 203 reads
 
I received a Medtronic dual pacemaker last Thursday. All went well and they said the pacemaker is working perfectly. It's keeping my heartbeat at a minimum of 60. Instructions said to remove the bandage today. I removed it and underneath I found what looks kind of like black fabric tape, which seems to be a little loose and wants to come off. I'm going to call tomorrow to ask them about this, but did others find the same thing? It seems as if it would be logical to put another piece of gauze over it to protect it, so I'm not sure why they wanted me to remove the bandage.

Posted by Sim on 2014-07-13 07:46. 2 comments. 165 reads
 
Hi I Am a 30 year old female having a defribilator inputted this week. I have been given the option of having it inserted in my chest or under my arm. Am struggling with the decision as have been told under the arm can be quite painful. Would really appreciate advice if anyone has any experiences to share. Thanks so much Simone

Posted by bexy on 2014-07-11 15:53. 3 comments. 173 reads
 
I finally had my pm fitted yesterday and apart from being in a fair bit of pain I feel ok.
Just one question though, since I got home today I've felt my pm pace a few times and I just wondered if it was normal.
The great thing about it is I don't feel dizzy or sick and after years of those symptoms it's going to take a bit of getting used to!

Posted by LizzieB on 2014-07-10 02:46. 6 comments. 323 reads
 
Hello there, I'm Liz. I'm trying to decide where to begin, I'm sure not everyone is interested in my long(Though short) complicated medical history. If you only read the first few sentences of this post, here's what I'd love to know from you.

Your top tips for pacemaker surgery: Anything special to bring along, anything to be careful of, any funny stories ;)

Your top tips for pacemaker recovery: What helped your pain the most, how long was your recovery, when could you get out of bed after surgery, ect.

Your most noticeable lifestyle change/symptom of having the implant: Can you feel it pacing, do you have full range of motion in your arm, do you wear a medical ID bracelet, do you get a lot of pat downs a...


Posted by Stephanie3 on 2014-07-09 16:33. 1 comments. 150 reads
 
Hi guys I know it's been awhile! Hope everyone is doing good and enjoying the summer! I had my checkup last week and I have been having a lot of pain in my arm and shoulder. I will have my pacemaker for two years this August! For the last couple of months it seems to be moving like crazy. It sometimes even goes near my armpit where my arm can't close without causing so much pain. My doctor wants to go in and move the pacemaker under the muscle.. He is planning on doing on August 20th. In the very beginning he wanted to place it under the muscle but he said it would be a longer recovery and it would be much painful.. So I agreed not to place it under the muscle and now I have to go back in and do it two years later! I'm so nervous a...


Posted by deeheart on 2014-07-08 18:02. 7 comments. 288 reads
 
I'm a little over 3 weeks in and am afraid to move my arm or do things "the wrong way". I was told not to reach across my body too far--movement that would be like putting on deodorant under the opposite arm. When I try to put on deodorant, my shoulder and PM site feels tight and I get some pains. Does anyone know if you can do this, bend over, how far you can reach out or across or if you can put a little pressure on the arm (like to lift out of a chair)? Also, when is it OK to sleep or lay on the PM side? I used to put a heating pad on my chest before the PM......not sure if that;s safe now or in the future either. Still feeling weak, having some shortness of breath, heart beats fast when just walking around the house and having some che...


Posted by Sue66 on 2014-07-08 15:27. 10 comments. 195 reads
 
Hi: I go for my 2 week check-up tomorrow. I still get dizzy at times. I do not feel the extreme weakness that I had before the Pacemaker, but I get an occasional pain in the middle of my chest. Does anyone else get that pain?
I know I have to adjust to this new way of life, but I am concerned I may have blockages in the arteries also.

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-07-06 12:33. 3 comments. 184 reads
 
I am 2weeks post op and incision looks good. I feel a tightness that extends a little toward my neck. Anyone else have this during recovery?

Posted by rtnievera on 2014-07-06 05:26. 4 comments. 223 reads
 
Single chamber Medtronic Pacemaker recipient for almost 7 months now due to 3.14 sec pause and low heart of 33 bpm while sleeping. Sometimes after a little work, feeling exhausted or tired and uneasy or feeling nervous.But, most of the time I'm ok and good.Am I still in a healing period or I'm a little bit depressed?Or a little adjustment or tweaking. My low setpoint is 50 bpm. Very much appreciated any comments and thanks in advance.



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