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Posted by MariaT on 2014-11-24 15:51. 5 comments. 110 reads
 
Hi all,
Was looking for a bra that would work with my pacemaker which was inserted June 2014. Low and behold there are bra strap cushions that are silicone that you can insert your bra strap into. Works wonderful!!!! Still prefer to use strapless bras but sometimes they are tight and hurt so this is perfect. Google "bra strap cushions". The package I bought was from Maidenform but there are others. I like the silicone ones since they don't show under most clothes. I am so much happier now!
Good luck to all!!!!!


Posted by Mejackian on 2014-11-22 20:23. 3 comments. 207 reads
 
Hello!

I am a new member who was scheduled for an ablation on 11/17/14 but needed a pacemaker instead. The pacemaker was inserted on 11/18 and a waterproof bandage was used. Until this morning, the bandage remained the same color but after my shower today, parts of it seemed darker. My incision itself doesn't feel any different but I am concerned about the bandage which doesn't come off until 11/28. Should I be concerned?

Thanks!



Posted by Griddlebone on 2014-11-21 00:36. 4 comments. 174 reads
 
I passed my 2 month mark on Tuesday. Today I raked up the front yard - it's a small job, only one sycamore tree, and its still got half its leaves. BUT I felt much better doing any sort of yard work than I've felt in ages. Just wanted to say "Yay!"

Posted by flowerapril429 on 2014-11-20 15:38. 6 comments. 198 reads
 
ok so after my horrible experience with the last egotistical bastard EP who didn't even look at my chart before making a decision, I went for a second opinion about the ablation.
I have to say, this new doctor is awesome. He was so personable and seems to know what he was talking about. He said that the part of my heart that is acting up has a very good success rate if I get it ablated (SA Node) and since I already have a pacemaker, he doesn't see a problem with getting it done and helping me get some relief. He even brought in a colleague for a 2nd opinion of his answer. They both agreed to the ablation. I called the other doctor to cancel and scheduled with this guy. Funny thing is I was able to get in this Tuesday for the ablation...


Posted by flowerapril429 on 2014-11-20 11:18. 3 comments. 133 reads
 
I am so frustrated. So last week I went to my Cardio dr who said he was going to refer me to a EP because I keep getting SVT episodes and he felt it was time for an ablation. I went to the EP yesterday and basically had to beg him to do the ablation. The meds I am on (metoprolol and Flecainide) make me feel like a zombie. I was almost in tears before he finally agreed. I told him I was referred to have this taken care of and how upset I was that he was refusing. He even had the nerve to say that he didn't even think I should have had a pacemaker implanted in the first place. Ummmm, hello stupid, I was having episodes of my heart beating in the 20's which made me pass out for the past 15+ years.
He was just so egotistical it had me fur...


Posted by heart3 on 2014-11-20 03:42. 3 comments. 110 reads
 
Shout out to anyone who can reasure me. I have serious and stubborn AF I've had 7 ablations in as many years 3 of them this year unfortunately every single one has failed . My last op in July should have been an AV node ablation but the only did a partial unfortunately that also didn't work so now I'm faced with a full AV node ablation and I'm really worried about how I will b after it. I currently work full time in retail and really love my job . I would be devastated if after all I've been through I couldn't carry on working.
If there is anyone on here who has had an AV node ablation please can u message me as to what life is like afterwards.
Thank you.
Vicki.

Posted by civilcy on 2014-11-17 10:25. 3 comments. 155 reads
 
Thanks everyone for posting your experiences with getting a pacemaker. I put off getting a pacemaker for 7 years when the doctors first found out my issues with high vagal tone. I can't put it off any longer now that I have a 10 month old at home. I'm going to the hospital in an hour to have the pacemaker put in. It has helped reading everyone's stories and has helped me to relax, a little.

Posted by MCrosnoe on 2014-11-15 23:43. 2 comments. 309 reads
 
I went to the hospital with severe diarrhea (on September 30, 2014 in the afternoon) that I had for going on four days. They admitted me in the evening (after I explained why I needed to be admitted) and they got the diarrhea under control within two days. Then my blood pressure started going very low and my heart rate dropped also. I do not remember the heart rate, but I remember that at one point my blood pressure was 70/40 and the monitor was going crazy.

A cardiologist came in on the 3rd day in the hospital to tell me that they would be running tests to see if the problem was my thyroid. He did explain at that time that if it was not my thyroid that I would need a pacemaker. I remember saying to him that I thought thi...


Posted by steeneyre on 2014-11-14 11:09. 3 comments. 251 reads
 
Hello! I am new to this group and to having a pacemaker. I had my pacemaker installed 4 days ago. I have a third degree heat block and it happen several times a day for 7 second or more. I felt fine after my procedure and even went back to work the second day after. Yesterday and today I'm in some severe pain. If I am sitting still I am fine but if I move around or I can feel my heart beat (I should say pound) in my neck, jaw and teeth. It continue to pound until my heart rate goes back down. It hurts so bad I feel like my teeth are going to explode. Had anyone else experienced this? Could this be pacemaker syndrome? Thank you for any information you can give

Posted by Helsky on 2014-11-11 15:42. 2 comments. 168 reads
 
Hi,Just had my pm put in 4days ago.Feeling okay,except for a very sore stiff neck!Wondering if this is a post symptom,or just coincidental?.May also be due to being tense for several days as am an anxious person!

Posted by mytrose43 on 2014-11-10 21:07. 3 comments. 166 reads
 
Hi is it OK to use some heat on a sore incision after pacemaker replacement ? Thanks

Posted by Shellyb on 2014-11-10 18:50. 3 comments. 242 reads
 
It's been one week since I had my PM put in. I'm 43 and had bradycardia (normal rate of 32-36) dropped to 29 at night! Last week I was anxious about pulling the lead wires out. I carried my arm in the "sling" position until my check up. Now I am over that. My biggest concern now is how weak I am feeling after surgery. Most of the time I feel great, but today I tried to go back to work and I felt shaky, light headed. Could this be because of surgery? I would love to start walking/exercising again but I can't imagine starting now!! Any advice? Do I just need to be patient and give myself a chance to heal? Thank you for your advice!!!

Posted by Matt on 2014-11-10 18:10. 3 comments. 252 reads
 
Has anyone experienced this? I was very active positive upbeat person. I had it put in due to very low heartbeat. Had ablation in 2012 did not work had freeze done in 2009 to slow over 300 beats a min episode so now flipped from ab to flutter and low heartbeat I. 30s to low 40's. Going to first pacemaker appointment this Thursday. Have Medtronic Mir compatible two leads. I feel like it is set to low or something just wondering anyone else had this or when they put the PM in about adjusting?? They said it would recalebrate to me... Is this something others have experience with please share. Thank you

Posted by tenderheart on 2014-11-09 21:38. 3 comments. 194 reads
 
Hi everyone, I just got my pacemaker 2 months ago,was pretty scarry, I just turned 60,the dr. used surgical glue which still hasn't come off all the way but I do was it with soft cloth and baby shampoo, does anyone know how long it takes for the glue to wear off ?

Posted by Amylynn on 2014-11-08 09:32. 5 comments. 331 reads
 
My name is Amy. I am 25 years old. I've been going through alot in these last few years. When I was 23, I had a implanted loop recorder (heart monitor) put in on July 31, 2013. Due to random passing out and frequent dizzy spells. This is when I was told I had atrial fibrillation (Afib) now 17 months later they take out the loop recorder (heart monitor) and I had pacemaker implanted on Wednesday November 5, 2014. This is very new to me, really don't know what to expect. I feel an empty feeling in my cleavage where the (heart monitor) was for almost a year and a half. But more importantly I feel every muscle from my neck, to my collarbone, to my chest being pulled/ stretched to the max. I'm trying my best to keep my left side still but the ...


Posted by becky2014 on 2014-11-07 14:23. 2 comments. 157 reads
 
Hi all

I just received my 5th pacemaker. Since late teens I have been plagued with heart problems due to a heart murmur and rheumatic fever in my childhood days. I know that I have complete heart block, AF and heart failure. I have redundant leads which have never been removed and so far do not present any problems. As I get older I appear to have developed more symptoms and of course I am on various medication. To what extent might the pacemaker help my various heart problems?

Posted by lucy7171 on 2014-11-06 14:17. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
I got a pacemaker a week ago, & due to my blood thinner medication had some bleeding under the pacemaker & it feels that is not healing well + I am in so much pain. I am going to see my doctor on the14th. Meanwhile I was wondering, once healed, the pacemaker should be sturdy attached to the bone underneath the pacemaker, or it should move with the skin to provide flexibility to move my shoulder around without rubbing my shoulder bone to the pacemaker? At this moment it feels like my pacemaker is glued to the bone underneath.

Posted by judebee on 2014-11-06 12:36. 5 comments. 287 reads
 
Hello People of the Pacemaker community!

I am due to have my first pacemaker fitted in December, a little daunting as a previously fit 26 year old!

I was wondering what peoples healing experience was? How long did you have to take off work? I work with in outpatients and my patients range from 10-270lbs on a daily basis. I know my surgeon will give me a guide on this, but I was trying to get a heads up and peoples thoughts!

My other question was if anyone had a pacemaker fitted under the muscle. I have a very sporty physique and have read here and on other forums that the pacemaker can be uncomfortable on skinny individuals, especially us ladies with all our straps!

Thanks heart people! Look forw...


Posted by dave58 on 2014-11-05 04:05. 2 comments. 264 reads
 
Hello all I had a Single lead pacemaker fitted in May 2014
because I had third degree heart block. After several months
I am still having problems. The area where the pacemaker was implanted is still sore and painful after lifting. I am concerned that at this moment in time i still cannot walk at my normal brisk
pace as i now have to walk steadily. I find that if i hurry a little
i get out of breath and feel uncomfortable inside for a while which passes after resting. Climbing stairs can be a problem
if i hurry it can cause me discomfort in my chest area and breathlessness. Not severe but a feeling of being a little out of breath. I have spoken to the doctor and he said the cardiologist
report has come bac...


Posted by jue on 2014-11-02 15:51. 4 comments. 201 reads
 
All,
Can anyone help?
I am two and half weeks after 2nd pacemaker.
Am I ok now drying my hair with a hair dryer, due to stretching etc.
I feel fine to do it.
Thanks
Julie



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