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Posted by civilcy on 2014-12-30 10:18. 5 comments. 270 reads
 
The doctor said recovery time is 6 to 8 weeks, and I am now at 6 weeks. How do you know how long the recovery is supposed to take? I am 33 and usually heal quickly, but I don't know what it feels like to know I'm good to go. Any incite would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

Posted by jacquelee72 on 2014-12-29 11:00. 1 comments. 167 reads
 
My scars are red, swollen, and recently more painful
I had my dual lead pacer removed and an new one implanted in September. It didn't work . So in late September it was revised.
This is about the 8th time since 2006 going into the same scar and it's sore
Yes I lnow its been 3 months, but the pain is becoming in bearable. Today it feels warm.
It appears the one scar (I have 3) is becoming a keloid scar and it's the one that hurts the most. It is also the one they entered the most times over th years.
Any suggestions ?

Posted by dlruddick on 2014-12-25 23:20. 6 comments. 292 reads
 
My pacemaker was adjusted just last week at my 2 week check. Today I could fell my heart pounding and was a little uncomfortable while sitting. I put my heart rate monitor on and watched the rate stay between 72 to88t while sitting and up to 90 when I walked around. The pounding is concerning me.
I was told at my first check that I am pacing approx. 33% of the time. MY nurse shorted the response time of the PM. I have felt great up until this third week. I seem to tire easily again and the pounding is messing with my head. The discomfort is tolerable , but all of these symptoms where not present last week.

Worried that I have pulled a lead and not pacing correctly. Or something is off. I have also had leg cra...


Posted by ukliz on 2014-12-24 12:03. 0 comments. 122 reads
 
Hi everyone, I joined your site this morning and wanted to say hello. I am having my 1 lead pacemaker changed to a two lead one this coming Jan. I wanted to ask if their was anything I should ask before I have this done, that you wish someone had told you before the change?
Thanks, and I look forward to making some new friends from this site.

Posted by Beeper on 2014-12-23 14:58. 4 comments. 322 reads
 
Hi folks, just joined club and finding it so helpful.
Quick background: very shocked 1 month ago to discover I had an acquired Heart Block. One day I felt a bit breathless, tired & dizzy; 3 days later in Coronary Care Unit (UK) with Level 2 heart block awaiting a PM; 3 days after that I was an emergency because I'd gone to Complete heart block.
Had very little briefing before procedure, and was utterly shocked at the physicality of it. Felt like Doc jumping up and down on chest and I was disconcerted to hear him say "this is technically challenging".
After 90 minutes it was done; I was shaking but at least all over.
Or not.
Following morning, signals weak, Xray showed everything had moved - wire and PM unit itself...


Posted by ddungaro on 2014-12-22 09:01. 5 comments. 277 reads
 
Hi All!
I'm a 23 year old, fit, female. I am scheduled for dual chamber pacemaker implantation tomorrow. For the past 4 years I've had an extrememly fast heartbeat, contrary to most members here. Normal resting range for me is 120-130 bpm. Recently I was diagnosed with episodes of SVT. I underwent an aggressive cardiac ablation procedure of the sinus node. The first 4 days post procedure were fine, but on the 5th day I was having skipped beats - I later found out my heart was also stopping for 4 seconds at a time, all while I am awake. My doctors attribute this to my failed ablation. I'm very nervous for my surgery tomorrow. I know that the pacemaker will not lower my heart rate, just help my heart remember to beat during those areas ...


Posted by lucook54 on 2014-12-21 21:56. 4 comments. 217 reads
 
Has anyone developed a yeast rash after surgery? I had my pacemaker put in friday dec 19. Any suggestions?

Posted by lucook54 on 2014-12-21 02:15. 2 comments. 168 reads
 
Hi my name is Lu. I just had my pacemaker installed on Friday, dec 19' I'm still nervous and today I was walkin around Walmart with my daughter an my left hand started swelling, began to get shaky. So we went to the ER an Bp was 206/86! By the time I left it was normal. Very strange. I'm still feeling some palpitations Other than that all seems to be going well. They said my hand was swollen cuz of being in the sling. Anyone have similar experiences? They put 2 leads in me. I am diabetic an hav sleep apnea. Been on weight watchers an down another pound

Posted by GinaR on 2014-12-19 05:45. 3 comments. 286 reads
 
Yesterday I twisted to put my seatbelt on and got a sharp stabbing pain in my chest and arm. Hurt for about 2 minutes and then subsided for a couple minutes and then kept coming back. Over the next hour I had periodic pain and then pain and tingling down my arm and then numbness followed. During the next few hours was having very frequent palpitations and so when I got home I put my sling on and went to bed to try and not move it too much. Just woke up and have a lot of soreness in neck , sholder, arm, back shoulder blade and chest. If I move too much I have sharp pain. Is this just pulled muscles or did I do damage and should I get checked out?

Posted by JoFosqk226 on 2014-12-17 21:06. 2 comments. 237 reads
 
Hey everyone! I am 26 years old with long q-t syndrome and have an ICD. Since I gave birth to my daughter 3 months ago, I have been having awful flutters and palpitations. So much so, that my defibrillator has fired on me a few times. I have been put on verapamil and will be getting an ablation in February. My questions to you all are:
1) Have you had an ablation? Can you tell me about your experiences? What the procedure was like, how long, pain level and recovery time?
2) Has anyone taken Verapamil before? Has it successfully lowered your heart rate and made you feel better? Can you exercise? I tend to have low blood pressure normally, so this medicine is making me dizzy and hard to perform my job on a daily basis. I just start...


Posted by susanny on 2014-12-17 13:57. 4 comments. 234 reads
 
I'm at 4 weeks with new PM after aortic valve surgery and still am experiencing some discomfort where the PM was implanted. Feels generally uncomfortable but not really painful. I thought I'd feel better by now. I did have an initial checkup about a week after but won't see him again until the end of Jan. Is this normal?

Posted by Debbiebarker on 2014-12-13 01:33. 2 comments. 246 reads
 
bfohj I had my pm removed after 9 yrs. leaving the wires in. Has anyone else here had the removal surgery? I'm having more pain a tugging and burning pain a month after! More pain then when it was put in? Incision is fine?

Posted by wcarroll on 2014-12-12 04:35. 4 comments. 215 reads
 
Hi,
I'm 49 years old and recently had a duel lead pacemaker fitted for atrial fibrillation.
Have previously had three ablations with little response so am now into my second week with a pm! very scary and my left arm is still really painful? is this normal?

Posted by Tink89 on 2014-12-11 12:39. 9 comments. 307 reads
 
So in a few hour I will have a pacemaker...I'm keeping my faith and I'm ready you guys! Wish me luck I just hope when the surgery is over I won't be in a lot of pain!

Posted by Ksteele on 2014-12-10 10:34. 7 comments. 277 reads
 
Hey guys,
I am 25 and I got my dual chamber pacemaker on the forth of December. I felt absolutely amazing after I got it. My color returned, everything was clearer, I just felt all around awesome. However, I got a cold a couple days ago, and I am having a very hard time shaking it. I'm allergic to Tylenol, and can't take ibuprofen because of surgery, so I was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions on what to take. Anything that could reduce fever, or any type of herbal supplement to boost my immune system. I am open to all suggestions. Thank you so much.

Posted by lucook54 on 2014-12-09 10:17. 5 comments. 269 reads
 
Was wondering how the recovery was after its done and can I go back to excersing right away? And how many people are there about my age have one and why? My doc sayes I have a slow heart rate . I also have sleep apnea, high blood pressure controlled with meds an I do use my Cpap an borderline diabetes. They always blame your weight tho.

Posted by lucook54 on 2014-12-09 00:20. 12 comments. 313 reads
 
I am 54 an was told today by my cardiologist I have to have a pacemaker. Would like to know how the surgery was with anyone. They tell me I will be somewhat awake. Did anyone feel anything during this surgery? I am a big baby am quite nervous. Thanks lu

Posted by kawasherpa on 2014-12-08 14:32. 4 comments. 312 reads
 
Thanks to all of you. I've learned more from this site than the DR. When I left the hospital October 15th I had to ware a sling on my left arm. About 2 weeks later they removed the staples and sling and said not to raise my elbow above shoulder height or lift anything with my left arm. I don't see the DR. till the end of January. Tomorrow it will 8 weeks with the PM and am considering going on the roof to cover vents, etc.. My weight lifting bench is dusty and I would like to start lifting light weights. The DR has never returned a phone call.

Posted by robertleec2 on 2014-12-08 04:10. 3 comments. 180 reads
 
Well, I did it. 26 Nov got my 1st pm. A bit rough the first week.i was having a lot of pinching in my heat. About every 5 minutes accompanied with some angina in left arm. I should back up a bit a fill in some blanks I'm 62 yr old male in poor health.i got 5 Stent and some smaller blockages had 2 episode of ventricular tach which was helped by 2 chemical conversions. I Also had ablation in atrium where they did 5 burns.for A fib. I've had 2 spine surgery on my lower back ., 3 knee surgery 1 stomach surgery, suffer from neuropathy on my legs..back pain from hell.For the last 15 years I've been living on morphine and hydrocodone .. stomach surgery broke open , lost 6 units of blood.. As u can email me lots of meds. OK back to pm.i can d...


Posted by tlcarroll on 2014-12-07 18:54. 4 comments. 312 reads
 
Got a pacemaker 4 days ago because of a Type 3 block. Had bunch of tests three months ago and cardiologist said I had Right Bundle Branch Block, but should be fine indefinitely. This was after the heart cath showed nothing but 8% block of one artery. Had low pulse then, but it was dismissed.

When I went to the hospital Wednesday and told them I felt intoxicated and had a slow pulse, it was like magic. Five minutes and I was undressed and hooked up to tons of stuff. The next day they put in the PM.

I am a 50yo woman and have been tired for forever, but now I feel energized. What can I realistically expect with regard to quality of life and lifestyle changes.

I keep finding myself using my blood pressure mach...




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