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Posted by Judy13 on 2015-01-07 12:28. 1 comments. 213 reads
 
I am 5 weeks post op for defib/pacemaker implant and having a uncomfortable pulling when I rise from a laying position. Also am going for first setting of device in10 days and am scared I will feel worse and live 2 hours from clinic. Also feel pinching upon movement, will that go away?

Posted by angellexis on 2015-01-05 11:52. 1 comments. 145 reads
 
I'm 31 with a Medtronic 1 lead pacemaker. I drop my PWaves.
Went in today she said I have 8 months left of battery but replacement might not be in 8 months they have to wait for the Elective Replacement Indicator. Kind of annoying because she couldn't give me a time frame.

Does anyone have experience with knowing when and what the time frame is?

Posted by Kathy07 on 2015-01-04 06:02. 5 comments. 288 reads
 
Hi there, I'm a 34 year old female.
I had a PM inserted sub Pec 1 month ago and for the last 3 weeks I've had a burning pain when stretching out my arm or abducting it away from my body. Could it be nerve damage? Could it be inflammation in the shoulder joint?

I have since returned to crossfit starting at 50% capacity and no lifting as yet just cardio. I am concerned this wont approve. Is it to early to start Physio?

I find that picking something up off the ground sends a shooting/burning pain down my forearm to me hand. The area between my elbow and wrist is also numb.

Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by rejoicem62 on 2015-01-03 07:28. 8 comments. 300 reads
 
Hi I am Melinda New to the pacemaker world
.I am one month out from surgery.Still trying to figure how much or how little to use arm with implant. Any input on this would be helpful.Trying do what doctor says but several months of little use is a challenge. Thanks

Posted by Eni on 2015-01-01 04:15. 4 comments. 192 reads
 
I have installed my PM at 06/12/2012, everything in order, except that my wound, occasionally opened, or rather the skin opens and closes. on 06/11/2014 I made another operation to set better PM. but the problem persists. I was visited to dermatologist and He gave a remedy , no result. and today my skin is 50% open, no infections or pain.

I have tried all, I never held tight clothes, I held the arm without moving for months, hang a month closed and then opened again. the skin is very thin when it seems recovered

what to do to ( sorry for my english )

Posted by suesp85 on 2014-12-31 14:03. 4 comments. 189 reads
 
Has anyone had to have a pacemaker after having an ILR (loop recorder) implanted ? I know there will be movement restrictions and it will take langer to fully heal. I had an ILR in July of last year. The first night was pretty bad. Now is just an annoyance sometimes if I sleep wrong or hit it somehow. I am going in January 23rd for the pacemaker procedure and am a wondering about the recovery process differences. If anyone is willing to share who has had both done I would really appreciate it! I want to be prepared! Thank you!

Posted by civilcy on 2014-12-30 10:18. 5 comments. 287 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. 185 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. 321 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. 128 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. 350 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. 6 comments. 303 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. 234 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. 176 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. 298 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. 245 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. 241 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. 276 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. 229 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. 319 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!



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