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Posted by lizs101 on 2015-02-28 19:49. 2 comments. 28 reads
 
I had my surgery last Tuesday and am surprised at the amount of pain I am having. They did an AV Node Ablation and implanted the pacemaker in my left shoulder area. They did not have to go through my groin for the ablation but did it through the pacemaker pouch. My EP said that it is rare that they can do this but it does simplify the process and takes at least 1 hour off the procedure.

My Question is, could doing the ablation through the pouch have increased the amount of pain I am experiencing? The paid has decreased but I just feel it should be less than it is at this point. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks.

Posted by SunnyZen on 2015-02-28 10:26. 0 comments. 23 reads
 
Good Morning,
I had my first generator change Wed 2/25 (first pacemaker 11/2006). I thought I'd be feeling a lot better and am not. I have a single lead Medtronic for Sick Sinus Stndrome and while it said in Nov it had 3 mos, they found last week it went down to backup minimum end of Dec so haven't felt great the last 2 months.
My doctor had me come in yesterday to check everything. I've been dizzy, short of breath, very fatigued and sore with lots of Afib, Aflutter and PVC's. Seems like everything really stirred up the arrythmias. They said the site looks good and pacemaker working so probably above symptoms from the surgery, drugs, stress ect. Has anyone else had this happen? Any suggestions?
Thanks very much!

Posted by lyndamax2 on 2015-02-27 08:50. 10 comments. 167 reads
 
Hi i'm new to this, I had a pacemaker fitted on the 3rd of November 2014, it caused me a lot of pain near my arm pit, so the box has been moved to a different position that was 3 weeks ago. Problem is it isn't any more comfortable than the first one.. Is this something we all have in common, something we all have to live with or is mine still in the wrong position.. Would appreciate your advice guys...

Posted by jam44 on 2015-02-26 15:27. 5 comments. 101 reads
 
PM put in on Feb.5. Have not been back to doctor yet, go next week. I tire out just walking across the room and pressure in the chest. My PM is set at 60 and I wonder if that is why I have these problems. I am a 70 year young female.

Thanks

Posted by Elmo on 2015-02-26 10:01. 12 comments. 257 reads
 
Hi,

Just become a new member. Had my pacemaker fitted two days ago. All happened quite quickly. On reading forum most of you seem to know exactly what your tracking is. I haven't got a clue. Are there OTHER things I should know about my device? Feel as if I should have asked many more questions.

Info I picked up so far (Cardiologist was talking very quickly!) is MRI compatible, 2 lead and on searching the internet think the words he must have used were Sic Sinus Syndrome. My heart suddenly went from beating to dropping and stopped for 6 seconds.

Also was told not to lift arm above my head for 2/3 months then given a booklet to take home which said 1 month?

I'm a fit and healthy (Or so I thought...


Posted by ShanB on 2015-02-21 09:03. 16 comments. 307 reads
 
Hello.
I had a duel lead pacer put in 8 days ago. Incision is doing well. However, I am fighting with a bad itchy rash from my shoulder the my lower neck line down my midline chest area over above my left breast and up towards shoulder again. It's red, bumpy, hot and very itchy. It is not the incision. I'm guessing it's an allergy to the drape they stuck on my during surgery that stuck to all those areas except the incision site obviously since that area was open for him to do the surgery. And then for 36 hours in the hospital had a pressure bandage on the stuck in the same places. But after 8 days the itching redness and bumps are worsening not improving. And the bumps are somewhat spreading. I've been using cortisone cream ...


Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-02-19 19:27. 6 comments. 209 reads
 
Peanut40,

My PM was implanted on 02/12. I'm still using the sling, but only as a reminder or when I sleep because I'm used to sleeping on my left side with my arm underneath my pillow, straight up! I did good in the first couple nights, with a lot of pillows around me to limit my movement too, but the past three nights I found my elbow by my head, actually, my ear, when I woke up, even with a sling...I think I woke up because my sling kind of choked me when I raised my arm too high...

A lady on this site told me she use her son's tie and tied her wrist loosely with her waist. I'm going to try that tonight.

I, too, am worried if my leads can get dislocated. Is it possible that rather than pulling t...


Posted by lizs101 on 2015-02-19 13:31. 6 comments. 159 reads
 
I am scheduled for an AV Node Ablation and the placement of a Pacemaker on February 24th. This is a last resort to try to regulate my heart rate (I have A-Fib and flutter). I do not tolerate the drugs and prior ablations have not worked. We have tried all the "let's try this" choices and this is the only thing left to try.

I guess I just need some feedback from those that have had this procedure and some information on what to expect. I have talked with my surgeon, my cardiologist, and my PCP and they have done an excellent job of explaining everything, but they are doctors who are advocating this procedure. Now I need information from real people.

I appreciate any information and experiences that you can provi...


Posted by ShanB on 2015-02-17 22:55. 5 comments. 244 reads
 
Hi everyone. After many months and hospital stays for severe sinus bradycardia and tachacardia (more so bradycardia) and sick sinus rhythm syndrome... My cardiologist implanted a pacemaker on Feb 13th 2015. I'm struggling with intense pain at incision site and shoulder upper arm and neck pain on the left side. Pain only getting worse. No sign of infection. I'm ignorant to all of this. I am not raising or using that left arm at all. I have a lot of bruising by incision site. Getting up, standing is so so painful. Like tearing or ripping or stabbing by incision and my collar bone. It just excruciating. Is all this par for the course? I also have severe fibromyalgia and have had shoulder surgery on that left shoulder. Dr explaine...


Posted by DD on 2015-02-16 18:24. 3 comments. 131 reads
 
I have just had my pacemaker replaced. It was three weeks ago. My first one I had for almost 8 years. Does anyone have a problem with the pacemaker sticking up when you lay on your side? I sleep on my right side and my pacer in on the left. It is just like it stand s on end when I am in this position. Also my shoulder muscle is sore. Is there anything to worry about with each of these problems? Am I just being impatient?Thanks guys you are awesome!! DD

Posted by Vend_doc on 2015-02-16 16:13. 2 comments. 89 reads
 
Just a hello.
Obviously off work as only had fitted 6 days ago.
Found this site and will have a good read of all the questions and answers.

Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-02-13 19:00. 3 comments. 188 reads
 
I searched the site and it seems that there's only one post about this issue. The post had 37 comments but I could only read the first page and can't find the button for "next page"...

Anyway, I sleep on the left side of the bed and my PM is on the left side. When I was on the hospital bed, I found it more difficult to get up from the right as I had to pull my left shoulder to the other side, so I got up from the left side.

However, it's easier there as the bed is adjustable. What we do now if that my husband uses a broomstick and I grab the stick with my right hand and sit myself up. I can feel the pain from the wound (not too severe though). Will that pull the leads out of place? How do you get up?
...


Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-02-13 13:01. 5 comments. 225 reads
 
My surgery went fine yesterday. It took 3 hours as the leads didn't send back the response my EP had expected so they had to put them in different places. Well, that's as much as I could understand when the doctor tried to explain to me when I woke up. But so far so good.

Except for the reaction to sedation drug yesterday and today, I've been feeling fine. My wound doesn't bother me that much and the nurse kept on reminding me to take painkillers to stay ahead of the pain.

I just got home 30 minutes ago. Still dizzy and nauseous. I'm hungry but I can't really take in any food. Still sleepy even though I had been laying in bed and sleeping on and off for the last 24 hours. However, mentally I feel fine! I'm ...


Posted by Sasha on 2015-02-12 02:27. 12 comments. 232 reads
 
Hi everyone :)
I first posted in December as I waa told I needed a pacemaker, your advice and stories were very reasuring.
Ive since had a 7day monitor and again my heart is dropping beats, ive not fainted again but feel faint frequently.
Im going in hospital on 5th march for an invasive electrophysiological study and possibly pacemaker. Im absolutely frightened to death.
He has said im showing signs of AV block type 2 but its very unusual for someonebof my age, im 35? When I have googled it it says you can be born with it?
Im seeing my consultant on the 3rd have so many questions for him. Can anyone tell me what its like? during/after an invasive electrophysiological study? Will I be staying in? Coming home? I ...


Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-02-09 22:50. 15 comments. 363 reads
 
I don't think I am.

Back from the 6 day business trip yesterday. For three days in a row, I had to be standing, talking and moving around all day. I was doing fine. I had a minor symptom one night, but just my usual, not so serious symptom---feel some pressure on my chest, can hear people speaking but not able to respond right away, and then my face flushes when the symptom is gone. I even started to think if it's my head making it happen as I was just wondering if I really need a PM several hours prior to that.

This morning I went to my pre-op appointment. I asked again if I really need one. I saw in this club many people have more serious symptoms! I have only completely passed out 5 or 6 times in my 47 y...


Posted by glowiegirl on 2015-02-08 18:19. 2 comments. 86 reads
 
I hope everyone who helped me gets to see this message. Pacemaker club has the BEST people to help you through all this!

My St Jude QUADRA is in and it looks good. I feel fine--swelling and pulling of course--but that will abate. Don't know if it worked yet to alleviate all my previous symptoms, but I 'm thinking it might take time for my heart to get back up from the RF of 25%. Some dizziness still. Will see the doc for post visit next Friday. This time I will move my arm more so I hope there is no difficulty there.
Thanks to all again
gloria


Posted by jam44 on 2015-02-08 12:32. 6 comments. 174 reads
 
Did anyone still get light headed after getting their pacemaker? I have had mine 4 days now.

Posted by Jamminceo on 2015-02-08 09:21. 1 comments. 113 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

My fiancee' has just completed her surgery on Tuesday and is still on the road to recovery. Issues she is facing is that she is feeling a swelling discomfort in her throat close to the site of the area. That wouldn't be related to air pocket problem or something more would it? She feels it when she is swallowing and breathing.

Posted by mdobeck on 2015-02-07 12:55. 6 comments. 224 reads
 
Just got my PM last Tuesday, i have beeb feeling lightheaded off and on and wondering if this is normal. I got mine for Bradycardia. Thanks for your information, glad to see this is a support site. I to was really nervous, always been very athletic and thought i took care of my heart!
Thanks! mdobeck

Posted by gzarotny on 2015-02-07 12:18. 4 comments. 102 reads
 
Can't Thank you enough for all the comments and tips on what to expect with my pacemaker surgery coming up this Monday. It made me feel much better and less scared. Now if I can just keep my stress down till then, I know things will be ok. Hope you all don't mind if I keep posting for support and help through this. It is so nice to know I can talk with great people who have been through this and experienced it first hand. Best advice ever in my book. Have a great day and any other tips would be greatly appreciated. :-)





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