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Posted by RMTGS on 2014-06-23 21:55. 5 comments. 388 reads
 
Went in hospital on June 18 due to fainting twice. About 1 hour from being released because tests seemed to come back ok after overnight stay. Fainted again hospita. And shortly after that doctors determined I needed to have PM. Surgery done next day on June 20 and came home on June 21. Still not sure why I have this thing, but told I needed it and would help with fainting spells. No more fainting spells, not needing to take much for pain, over the counter stuff. They did not send me home with anything. Being very cautious about lifting and moving arm. No arm sling or nothing. Said I didn't need it. Guess right. When a nurse friend made me one, arm hurt terribly. PM placed it on left side and I am left handed, Thought it was go...


Posted by bexy on 2014-06-23 06:01. 3 comments. 200 reads
 
I am having my pacemaker fitted in 5 weeks time and even though I'm a little nervous, I will also be glad to not be dizzy and sick all the time.
What I'd like to know is, do you feel better straight away in regards to the dizzy and sick spells?
I've also been told to have about a week off work, I work in a call centre so it's not exactly an energetic job!
How long will it be before I'm back to normal health wise?


Posted by Lee24 on 2014-06-21 06:49. 3 comments. 133 reads
 
3 days post PM op my chest feels like it had mint. I don't feel comfy at all. Does anyone know wat causes this? And what can I do to avoid a complication on with my shoulder as it feels stiff now. Are there any positions I should avoid that could disturb the PM?

Posted by pioxen on 2014-06-20 21:44. 2 comments. 106 reads
 
Looks like I'm going to be getting my 3rd pacemaker implanted on June 23rd. I had my first SJM pacer placed in 2001, the second in 2010 which is still tickin like a timex, but I've developed a weakened lower left chamber and need an upgrade to a CRT-P SJM pacer. This new pacer is hopefully going cure my edema and swelling. It's supposed to be really successful in helping heart failure patients. Will keep you guys posted as I recover next week. Have a great weekend :-)

Posted by alisonwilliams42 on 2014-06-20 18:39. 4 comments. 110 reads
 
I am due a pacemaker replacement with a possible lead replacement. I'm a bit scared as everything has been ok for the last five years. Anyone know the risks etc

Posted by IRISHDLS on 2014-06-19 20:46. 3 comments. 107 reads
 
I had an afib ablation and six days later back in afib. Anyone have this problem

Posted by jools4975 on 2014-06-17 13:14. 2 comments. 119 reads
 
I have to have my first pacemaker replacement soon. I'm worried about recovery time as I look after my 20 month old grandson twice a week and he likes to be picked up and carried quite a lot so wondered when it would be safe to look after him again after the surgery?
jools4975

Posted by Lee24 on 2014-06-16 09:39. 10 comments. 327 reads
 
I was due to get a pacemaker last friday. Well I was prepared to goto theater etc, then went in. The procedure was done under a local anasthetic so I could hear and see everthing the doctors were doing. While the were doing the venogram I started feeling a burning sensation on my chest, then I was throwing up blood. A sunction was done in my mouth immediately and I was given oxygen at 100% since I got short of breath. The procedure was immmediately abondoned and the doctors request an xray and CT scan to be done immediately. The results came back saying I have a pneumothorax. They punctured my lung during the procedure. I need to know when will the pnuemo heal? Has any experienced this. I'm on oxygen supply for now to get rid of the pnuemo...


Posted by Martha on 2014-06-11 22:15. 0 comments. 62 reads
 
In response to the person who inquired about cardiac ablation. I have had 2 ablations for A-fib....no big deal at all.....quick recovery; just need to take it easy for a few days, that's all, I got a pacemaker 10 weeks ago....local anesthetic; not a big deal...2" incision that heals pretty quickly but there are a few restrictions: can't drive a car for a month, which I thought was silly but when I started driving again, I understood WHY....the seat belt harness tends to rub against the incision for one thing. If you are a passenger, it does not rub against. Also, you must not raise your arm above your shoulder for a month so that you do not pull out the wires to the pacemaker. No heavy jobs such as mowing grass for a month.

Posted by rhymeandreason@knology.net on 2014-06-10 20:09. 2 comments. 124 reads
 
Guess no one liked the poem I wrote. Has anyone had ablation and how bad of a producure is it? Jackie Caylor

Posted by rhymeandreason@knology.net on 2014-06-10 20:08. 2 comments. 108 reads
 
Guess no one liked the poem I wrote. Has anyone had ablation and how bad of a producure is it? Hackie Caylor

Posted by pp on 2014-06-10 19:21. 1 comments. 98 reads
 
I had pacer and leads removed 5-9-14. I have been in the hospital a total of ten days due to complications. Now home with a wound vac to heal site. I probably will have wound vac for another month.

I want to stress, push for help if your pacemaker pocket develops redness with signs of erosion as infection can bury deep even under armpit!



Posted by meppwc on 2014-06-10 11:28. 3 comments. 215 reads
 
I had my first pace maker installed 2 1/2 weeks ago...........when can I start doing more? Such as..........raising my left arm, cutting grass, lifting, pushups, bowling, etc..........note, I am left handed

Posted by mlillie on 2014-06-10 11:20. 3 comments. 133 reads
 
My father is going to get a pacemaker/difibulator in July. He is in another state and I am trying to stay up on his health. Last night when I talked to my brother he said they would be doing dad's surgery in 2 stages, so it will take 2 days. Do any of you know why that might be.

Posted by loredoa on 2014-06-07 15:22. 3 comments. 227 reads
 
Shoulder, arm and neck pains grew worse starting 2nd evening after June 14 , 2014 pacemaker implant for 40's to 50' heart rates. Worsens when rising from sitting or lying down. Feels like muscle or artery/vein moving with pain. Excruciating no matter position. Neither 5mg hydrocodon/ 500mg acemetaphin or Tylenol with codein helps. Oddly Implant site only low grade pain. So whats with shoulder pains where none before surgery?

Posted by hilloquis on 2014-06-05 10:52. 1 comments. 187 reads
 
Hi,
Had my 1st replacement in October last year. All went well but the new pacemaker is far more prominent than the last one. I can only assume they haven't got the box to fit in the same pocket but was wondering if this is normal?

Thanks,

Rob

Posted by Shell on 2014-06-02 18:51. 2 comments. 279 reads
 
Well, my replacement keeps getting better. I went last week to see the doctor and schedule my replacement. He said I could wait and have it done between the end of school and the start of summer school. Was just waiting for a call back that the insurance approved it. (Scheduled it for July 2) The doctor called me today. Of course it was 5 mins after my lunch so I didn't get the message until after the kids left. When I got home I called back and spoke to the person that did all the scheduling last week. ( she even had her note to call me after 3) Everything was approved and we scheduled my echo for next Monday. I told her the doctor called and she wasn't sure why so she went to talk to him.
5 minutes later he called back and said afte...


Posted by PEB on 2014-06-02 00:38. 10 comments. 285 reads
 
Hi, I'm 30yo fit female. I got my PM implant on Thursday, home on Friday. Aside from the general anxiety and frustration in the Hospital, everything went well with the Surgery. Since I've been at home I've gone for a few short easy walks around the block with my heartrate monitor on (out of curiosity). Occasionally, the PM kicks in but it paces me at 130bpm which is crazy for me because I am young and fit - on these occasions I get a strange feeling in my throat and feel a little woozy. Apparently the PM will take about a week for the CLS (rate response) to 'optimize' so I'll give it a few more days and if it is still doing that I'll go see the techs. Any body else experience this kind of thing?

Posted by finsmom on 2014-05-28 14:18. 3 comments. 183 reads
 
had my second pm installed 5 days ago and just found this site. Still sore and having trouble finding comfy sleep position, but overall the experience is MUCH easier second time around. Now just watching for signs of infection and waiting to be able to have a REAL shower :)

Posted by csteele0831 on 2014-05-26 01:12. 6 comments. 207 reads
 
Hi!
Im getting a pacemaker implanted next week and I am beyond scared. I am 22 years old and had a cardiac ablation done two years ago that went terribly wrong. I ended up in cardiac ICU for six days. Needless to say I feel like I have a reason to be worried and scared. I also have POTS.
I would love to know if there is anyone out there that might have some words of kindness or reassurance. I keep reading things online and its scaring me. Im the "one in a million" chance that something will go wrong, with EVERYTHING.



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