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Posted by Namaste on 2015-06-18 15:20. 3 comments. 401 reads
 
Hi All!
I am new to this website and very happy to have found such a supportive group. I was initially diagnosed with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy in January 2014 after what I thought was an exacerbation of asthma. Since that time I have been on cardiac medications, 2 week Holter Monitoring, and had an insertion of a loop recorder. I had been having episodes of fainting, nausea, and vomiting. Bradycardia was the culprit! My heart rate dropped below 30 on several occasions. I had a dual channel Biotronik Eluna 8 Pacemaker implanted on May 27, 2015 so I am about 3 weeks post surgery. My PM is implanted under the skin but also imbedded in fatty tissue above my left breast but under my left clavicle. The swelling has decreased but th...


Posted by Pschartner on 2015-05-15 14:20. 9 comments. 379 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. 283 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. 9 comments. 474 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. 330 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. 438 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. 162 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. 431 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 lisaannthompson on 2015-05-08 11:49. 2 comments. 201 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. 318 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. 218 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. 194 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. 406 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?

Posted by MathTeacher on 2015-04-30 16:58. 6 comments. 599 reads
 
Hi,

I wanted to write this for anyone who's waiting to have a pacemaker implanted. I had to wait two weeks, and my mind went crazy thinking about what it would be like, especially being awake for the surgery. I'm hoping this message will help put your mind at ease.

Surgery wasn't bad. You actually don't remember a thing. I think they keep you awake enough to respond to their questions, but you get enough "juice" that you won't remember what went on. My nurse played a game with me, asked me a question, and then asked if I'd remember it later on. I said, "yes," but he knew from looking at my pupils that I wouldn't remember a thing. When I was wheeled back to my room, he had the information written on a ...


Posted by FunSize on 2015-04-30 11:44. 2 comments. 375 reads
 
Hello everyone,
I am still 3 1/2 weeks into recovery but there are some things I have questions about. I don't have an appointment with my cardiologist until May 27th. (That was the soonest)
1) I notice that I feel especially sore on the incision area when I wake up in the morning. Not just a muscle soreness but kind of a small sharp pain. Is this normal? And speaking of sleep, every since the whole incident, I can not sleep! I don't sleep sooner than 2am and I wake up constantly... it's so aggravating.
2)I notice sometimes while I am working or even just walking I will start to feel my heart beat very quickly and I have to stop, of course stopping sometimes makes it worse. I always think I really should start running lol. I...


Posted by jjiggers on 2015-04-26 18:24. 2 comments. 258 reads
 
I had a PC installed 3 weeks ago for low heart rate. I feel my incision has healed nicely, but I am still having the same symptoms...the feeling that I am going to pass out... I was told when I got my staples out last week, that I will see the tech to check my unit, in two weeks. My hear rate has slowed to below 50 a couple of times and I feel exhausted at times.

Does this sound normal? Should I just chill and wait for my check up? Will it get better?

Thanks for your input.

Posted by Jackw on 2015-04-20 21:55. 7 comments. 292 reads
 
Last week got a Biotronik Eluna 8 DR-T for SND. In over night to check for issues. Took Tylenol first three days post implant. Every day seems better. Been out for several good walks including three miles 8 days post implant. Wife and friends say my color looks better. Incision is healing nicely. Minimal discomfort. Hope to get back to jogging after my 4 week checkup and PM tune up by the techs. Asked for the Biotronik because of the ra response algorithm CLS since I run hike and ski (69 yrs). Seemed like the best option. I'll post update as things progress. So far I am very pleased with the doc and the pm.

Posted by Forthefive on 2015-04-18 19:43. 1 comments. 264 reads
 
Hello, This is my first time on here. I am a 34 year old female who got a pacemaker in 2011 for sinus node dysfunction. Since then I have had two ablations for fast heart rates and one for A-fib. I was excited to finally be done and start to wean off the meds but my heart had a different agenda. Most recently I developed A-flutter they called it and had to be shocked out of it. I am now once again having very fast heart rates during any activity. I already take Multaq, Xarelto, Florinef, Lopressor, and Midodrine and the doctor now wants to do an Epicardial Ablation. He said it is unlike the other ablations with longer hospital stay. I am nervous and unable to find anything about what to expect when you wake up. Any advice or experienc...


Posted by jjiggers on 2015-04-17 20:23. 4 comments. 307 reads
 
I have a new pacemaker, just got the stitches out today and I'm still having the symptoms I had before the implant. I can't seem to get any answers on how long before I can expect to see results. I'm sure it probably varies, but is it normal? Is there a time within which I should see a difference? I told the nurse today when she removed the stitches and she seemed to think it was no big deal, "I'm still healing"? I would hate to think I went thru all this to no avail!

Any comments?

Posted by Susannah on 2015-04-17 13:20. 7 comments. 328 reads
 
I had my pacemaker fitted 3 days ago as an emergency. I'm quite sore and very tired but my problem is I can't sleep. I've only had 2 hours sleep a night the last 3 nights and feel very depressed. I don't really have any support and feel very alone. Did anyone else experience not sleeping? Thank you



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