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Posted by Lindaloo on 2015-05-28 22:18. 6 comments. 76 reads
 
I had my pacemaker installed on March 17th. It is now starting to settle into my skin. How do you know if the pacemaker is acutally working? I feel no different that I did before the pacemaker. Doctor says it is okay. Doctor visit July 9.

Posted by Debbie1956 on 2015-05-27 21:09. 5 comments. 199 reads
 
Has anyone ever had or heard of a pacemaker being installed with no anesthetic. Thank you

Posted by samie8276 on 2015-05-27 08:33. 1 comments. 93 reads
 
Hi,
My mother is a week into her CRT-D implant. The "minor surgery" lasted 4 hours. Surgeon was not able to connect 3rd lead wire during surgery. At week check-up (today), Surgeon wants to schedule 2nd surgery to connect 3rd lead wire from a cut under rib cage on left side. My mother will not have 2nd surgery because she is in excruciating muscle pain. Pain started on left side of neck above shoulder and continues around and above ear. Yesterday, E.R. doctor took x-rays, and told her it was the muscles that were traumatized from the surgery. He gave her Valium. However, Valium and Ibuprofen are not relieving her pain. Today the pain has spread to the right side. Mom is 74 and can tolerate pain, but this is ridiculous. How ...


Posted by cody1975 on 2015-05-26 18:50. 9 comments. 144 reads
 
- and I am freaking out. Last one was 8.5 yrs ago, and this one is with a new doctor. I am a big huge baby about anything anesthesia (even locals at the dentist). They said I can be awake with four local shots, but the pocket itself won't be numb. Or conscious sedation, which means giving up any (false) sense of control. Somebody tell me you've been there!!

Posted by busrider on 2015-05-24 00:14. 11 comments. 280 reads
 
I listened to my GP and my cardiologist and agreed that they probably were correct in that I needed a pacemaker and would have to us blood thinner medication.

HOWEVER----the more I read these comments the more anxious I am becoming, worrying now about things I wasn't told or even knew could happen, such as all the things that could go wrong and that cause distress and discomfort to so many of you.

With all the comments I've read I've managed to make a list of things that I will ask my cardiologist when I have my first check=up next week, and for that I thank you.

For those of you who have had long experience with pacemakers and have been able to lead reasonably normal lives, would you please comment on h...


Posted by yishathapa on 2015-05-22 14:14. 5 comments. 163 reads
 
Hi, i am 22 yrs old.i had my first pacemaker implantation in 2007. how long will the first pacemaker last?. I am living a normal life..i have to use computers and mobile phone every now and then at work. I heard use of gadgets lessens the pacemaker life. When and how will i know that i need a replacement?? Plz help me out. I am really worried these days. Thank you so much.

Posted by busrider on 2015-05-22 13:24. 4 comments. 258 reads
 
I have A-Fib and up until last week, just sort of ignored it, when heart raced and became exhausted I just went to bed, slept, and woke up okay. Thought of it as result of heavy work in yard and my advanced age and excess weight. Never bothered to discuss it with my doctor. (stupid, yes)

Last week, had terrible A-Fib attack, and for first time had excessive dizziness that would NOT go away. After a couple of hours I took BP and the lowest was 56/41 and pulse over 120. It finally rose to 88/56 and pulse 147. Finally decided I probably needed to call doctor, sent to ER, and it took until next morning to bring everything into proper line.

Apparently my heart stopped for seven seconds and other periods during heart...


Posted by Pschartner on 2015-05-15 14:20. 9 comments. 279 reads
 
I have vasovagel syncope which causes my heart rate to slow down resulting in me passing out. I have 2 questions:
Does anyone have this condition and if so did your pacemaker stop the passing out?
Although I was allowed to come home the same day of surgery, I feel that I am having a lot of pain; when did your pain subside after surgery?
-Pam

Posted by Cowgirl56 on 2015-05-13 18:03. 6 comments. 189 reads
 
I just got my dual lead PM a week ago today. I had an emergency temporary PM the day before. I also have to adjust to using a BIPAP at the same time. Been sleeping in a recliner. Not sure if I could lay on my left side to sleep without messing up the wiring. Leg gets uncomfortable on right side where temp PM was. Not supposed to sleep on my back due to central sleep apnea. So sleeping sitting up in recliner. Does anybody have any experience with both? I so need some pointers.

Posted by MathTeacher on 2015-05-13 13:32. 10 comments. 306 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I know the doctor said you can't feel the pulses, and I know you've probably seen this question before, but can you feel the pulses from your pacemaker?

I had a dual lead PM implanted three weeks ago. For the last week, I've really felt the pulses. I need my PM at night, since I pause too long, and when it kicks in, the pulses are quite strong, almost like a tick or a hiccup. I can put my hand over the pacemaker and feel them. It's freaking me out and driving me crazy. Sometimes I get 10 in a row. I'm hoping that when I see the doctor next week for my first visit, they can adjust this. It's driving me nuts.

Thanks for your inputs. Would just make me feel better knowing ot...


Posted by fourkids on 2015-05-12 10:18. 7 comments. 261 reads
 
Hello,
I had a pm installed on friday. Last night, monday (3 days after insertion) I woke up with my left arm above my head. Not sure if I need to worry that either lead pulled out. Should I call or wait for my checkup on Thursday?
Thank you

Posted by Evergreen_Gypsy on 2015-05-11 20:38. 5 comments. 290 reads
 
Hi all! I had my first PM placed at 5pm on Friday and the surgery lasted for 2 hours and went very well, despite being over 3 1/2 hours late(got called back to preop area at 11:45am for my scheduled 1:30pm surgery and didn't go into surgery until 5pm) I am physically and mentally exhausted after spending a night at hospital. Now also surgical site and pacemaker area very swollen and painful...Hubby is taking great care of me. It was quite traumatic as I was awake and heard and felt most of what was happening to me even tho I asked several times to please put me out...when it was happening and afterwards first few hours...I was a wreck, but then turned a negative into a positive, by saying "Hell I am a badass woman because I made it thru...


Posted by Jimmy on 2015-05-11 11:38. 1 comments. 127 reads
 
Why when I move my left arm side way (horizontal) y feel a rumbling noise over my PM,(this happened after weighting my 43# suitcase before traveling) it does't hurt, but I am concerned. I call my electrophisiologist and he said, go to emergency hospital. Should I go? I am out of town and I don't want to go to emergency if it is not an emergency,have the recipients had this symptoms before and what have they don.

Posted by MathTeacher on 2015-05-10 11:43. 7 comments. 308 reads
 
1. How long was it before you were brave enough to lift your arm? My doctor said, "Two weeks," and I'm a little over that. Some websites for hospitals read, "four." I've been moving it; just haven't lifted it over my head.

2. Ladies: How long was it before you could wear a bra comfortably? Gotta go back to work in a week.

3. Dog owners: How long before you were brave enough to hold a leash? My dog pulls very infrequently, but I'm afraid a good pull might do something.

Thanks everyone for helping me out with these firsts. Just feel better doing them once I hear from others "in the same boat." Appreciate you guys!

Posted by TICKYTICKBOO on 2015-05-09 09:28. 8 comments. 213 reads
 
I had my pacemaker replaced May 4, 20015. All went normally. I have had allergic reactions to adhesive tape and other medical goop in the past, I am allergic to Iodine, Penicillin, a bunch of the Terramycin family of antibiotics. I always ask not to have Betadine put on my skin since I am allergic to it also.

All day May 7, things itched, I thought it was just healing, last night before going to bed the itching was pretty bad, I removed the dressing, surprise there were blisters forming under and around the Steri Strips. I called the doctor, his suggestion was to remove the Steri Strips and put a light gauze covering over the area. He also said I could use a dilute Chlorhexidine rinse over the area. I also took two Benadryl t...


Posted by lisaannthompson on 2015-05-08 11:49. 2 comments. 130 reads
 
I have a double lead medtronic pace maker for sss im haveing week spells and still feel really bad is this normal

Posted by Skashish on 2015-05-08 03:29. 4 comments. 255 reads
 
Hello Iam 23 implanted a pacemaker device two years ago aft r the surgery i do regular gyming exercise and don't feel like having this pacemaker
Please experienced people I want your guidelines to remove this pacemaker I feel so uncommon with it
Is a pacemaker can be removed?

Posted by jjiggers on 2015-05-07 19:31. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
I had a Boston Scientific PM put in four weeks ago. They had to go back in the next day to reconnect a wire. I saw the rep and Dr. the next day, but haven't seen the rep or Dr. since then. Had my stitches out in the office a couple of weeks ago and have been ok, except that I am still having the exact same symptoms that I got the PM for. Slow and skipped beats that make me feel like I am going to pass out. I am supposed to see a tech tomorrow but no Dr. for three months.

My question, is this the normal progression after surgery? Should I expect more, less?? Friends with NO pm experience, say that doesn't seem right! Just curious..

Thanks

Posted by Denise.L on 2015-05-06 05:54. 2 comments. 151 reads
 
Hi
I know im only one week post op from having my pacemaker fitted, I do still have pain and bruising. The thing that is worrying me is that I have an area of numbness on my shoulder just above my armpit. is this normal ?. Will this dissapear in time, or shoiuld I be concerned about it ?.

Posted by drdavies on 2015-05-01 08:13. 5 comments. 243 reads
 
4 days since I had my medtronic 2 lead pacemaker "installed".
Having a lot of dizzy spells throughout the day. Anyone else have this symptom after the surgery?



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