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Posted by studamir on 2014-08-20 16:37. 0 comments. 163 reads
 
hello
i just get my PM implant quite two months. after this i was an active sport practizer in many sport diciplines track and fields ( 400m) karting , basketball taekwondo martial art ...then due to my job i stopped doing anything for about 7 years even jogging i was so busy working.
so four months ago i was diagnose low heart beat 27per mn and the doctor said pacemaker implant, the placed my pm quite 2 months now , thank God thing happened well.i stay 2weeks in hospital just lie down , since i had to check with the dentist for extractions which i defenitely didn't do.now after my implant surgery i can feel some palpitation when i am walking and when sleeping and i have very strong stomach ache.
can someone help me with ...


Posted by Caity858613 on 2014-08-20 14:26. 5 comments. 227 reads
 
Hi,
This is my first time posting or ever joining a group. I am 28 yo female who had to get my first pacemaker this week after being diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and my heart rate staying in the 20's.My question is what will I feel the first week after having a pacemaker? is it normal to be more tired? This is all so new to me and with my age don't know anyone my age with a pacemaker and I am the first in my family, thank you guys!

Posted by pete on 2014-08-12 16:00. 3 comments. 271 reads
 
I was quite worried about having my pacemaker replaced as I have no AV node and no residual pacing. However the whole experience was fantastic. I thought of a way of putting the hospital under pressure indirectly which worked a treat. There was a bed waiting for me at 8 in the morning. I hardly had time to lay in it when I was whisked off down to surgery.My blood pressure soared but whan I got back to the ward it wnet down and I was allowed home and told to rest. I was up with a lark the next day and back to work the next day !!
I made one mistake and that was to ask for the rate response to be left off for 1 week until the stiches were removed. I realised that I needed the faster rated during that week so I was very pleased when they...


Posted by momhead4 on 2014-08-12 11:39. 6 comments. 271 reads
 
Well, I am now 1 month out from PM implant. It has been a month of ups and downs and learning. But, I am happy to say that I started feeling like my old self at 3 weeks...I have more energy and was able to start working out with my trainer again yesterday...that felt great!!!...the cardiologist cleared me of restrictions at 4 weeks...for a couple of weeks after implant I didn't know if my life would ever feel "normal" again...but, thanks to this site and people like KAG, ChrisD, Lurch and GratefulHeart I learned a lot, knew what to expect...this site has been so helpful!!....so to all who are new or facing a PM in the future be hopeful and hang in there....this all happened very fast for me; after diagnosis had implant less than a week l...


Posted by cobyliz@suddenlink.net on 2014-08-12 03:09. 4 comments. 175 reads
 
I am about to go in for my 35th heart procedure since 1993.. .has anyone else has this many problems? I have had numerous PM recalled along with the wires. MRSA in heart heart valves. PM moved from right collarbone to Left side and now in my abdomen which is causing major problems. I have WPW. I have also had a thoricotomy, lung collapsed twice. Feeling very tired and depressed

Posted by Alexia on 2014-08-11 18:50. 2 comments. 173 reads
 
Hi,

I'm 26 and have a Medtronic pacemaker for complete heart block on no other medications etc or problems
I had my first pacemaker box change 14 days ago, after having my first for 10.5 years, all went well and feeling ok apart I have been having very strange sensation, middle of my chest by sternum it is a heavy / burning feeling. ( like if you've ran as fast as you can and stop your chest hurts and you pant- similar to that but not panting) has anyone else had anything like this at all . It's been going on few days seems to be more consistent, I'm going to give the pacing clinic a call tomorrow but thought Id ask if anyone else had experienced the same.

Thanks in advance.

X

Posted by PirateFly on 2014-08-09 19:51. 1 comments. 186 reads
 
Hi All

I've just received my letter saying that Im due to go for the battery change on 30th September. They may be putting a extra lead in as at the moment I only have one rather than two. I work as a support worker and deal with personal care for the residents in my care. What is the most likely time I will be able to go back to work after surgery?

Thanks in advance
Nia

Posted by ben1 on 2014-08-07 10:52. 2 comments. 260 reads
 
Hi all have finally had my pacemaker fitted so guess I am now a official memeber! They have fitted me with a medtronic aair mri safe single lead pm! Have been for a check up they have now set my resting heart rate to 60bpm. I have been sleeping alot last few days its really taken it out of me guess this is normal? Feel like I no when it is working think I had got used to a slow beating heart dont really no if it has stopped all my symptoms yet guess time will tell or should it be a instant think? They told me at the pm clinic might take time to get my settings right is that something others have come across? Any one got good advice for the next few weeks recovery apart from not moving my arm to much it hurts so thats a reminder lol! Thank...


Posted by Lils on 2014-08-07 04:38. 0 comments. 187 reads
 
Hi, I had my first PM inserted on 16/0712014 sent home same day, ended up back in hospital with all sorts of pain next day where I was kept in and after 4 days they realised that the lead had moved, so they had to operate again on 22/07/2014.
Back home next day, since then I have been so sore round my ribs, dull pain on my right side under my ribs, and an dull pain under left ribs with the occasional stabbing pain, this scare me as that is what I had for 4 days before they realised lead had moved, have to say this is not as bad as the first episode, I am better when I am standing and sometimes I don't feel it for a full day!!
I have days where I am dizzy, and since the op my eye site has gone more blured.

I really wa...


Posted by cory21 on 2014-08-06 01:59. 4 comments. 225 reads
 
tomorrow will be a week since I've had my pacemaker put in my bandage is falling off they put staples instead of the surgical glue should I go ahead and take the bandage off or leave it on don't have a doctors appointment for another week

Posted by Frankenstein on 2014-08-04 20:09. 7 comments. 323 reads
 
Received pm two weeks ago. Dr. said don't raise elbow above shoulder. Every day it happens at least once. Scared I might dislodge a lead. How long should this be a concern

Rob

Posted by Sue66 on 2014-08-03 16:45. 2 comments. 217 reads
 
Hi: I had my pacemaker put in on 6/23/14, and had dizzy spells even after insertion of this new device. THey stopped for awhile, but now past 2 days I am getting them again. Not weak like before the Pacemaker, just dizziness that comes and goes. Is anyone else experiencing that.
I have to say my energy has gotten better. I could hardly walk before I got my Pacemaker, and I find I can walk a little faster now with more energy.
Sue

Posted by martinbr on 2014-08-03 16:40. 8 comments. 252 reads
 
Good news, might not need pacemaker. Pulse has gone up since i stopped taking opiate medicine, so my pulse has gone up to low 50's instead of the 30's. There keeping one more day to monitor me and then release me. I am really really relieved because i wasn't to thrilled about running around with a lump in my chest.
martinbr

Posted by martinbr on 2014-08-03 00:16. 2 comments. 230 reads
 
Hi, new here and sitting in the hospital. They want to put a pacemaker in me due to my pulse sitting around 37-45.
My pulse has always been on the low side when i was younger
but im 62 now, and i figure it!s about time to start having health problems. The only problem is, that i am on a opiate substitute to stay off. a prescription drug problem that i had. That means i would have to stop taking them and i would go into withdrawals.

I wanted to leave the hospital amd finish the drug program that i am on, but i don't know if tjat is a good idea. Any suggestions would be appreciated,
thanks,
martinbr

Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-08-01 06:17. 2 comments. 228 reads
 
Just curious I'm soon to have a crt device implant along with an av node ablation operation. I have questions does it work well for you. Can you tell something else is beating for the heart. Does it take awhile to get used to. How long is surgery and recovery. Will I be eligible for heart transplant list after implant. Thanks can't find anyone with this device to talk to.

Posted by aportice on 2014-07-29 21:59. 11 comments. 327 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. 4 comments. 219 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. 6 comments. 288 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. 346 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. 430 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...




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