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Posted by gen129 on 2014-07-16 22:49. 3 comments. 688 reads
 
Hello, I am new here. I have a Medtronic PM (my second one). I may need back surgery someday for a condition. Does anyone know how this would work with a PM? I am wondering if they would use a cat scan in this case to avoid an MRI? Anyon....thanks...Bill

Posted by MichelleG on 2014-07-16 16:05. 7 comments. 379 reads
 
I had my pacemaker aken out last Thursday to see how I do without it after having it for 8 years and I have been fatique and weak since, why?

Posted by momhead4 on 2014-07-16 10:33. 7 comments. 358 reads
 
I am 5 days past implant of PM....I am feeling like I take two steps forward and three back...even though my pulse rate is staying in the 60's and 70's I keep feeling like my heart is racing and beating fast.and occasionally light headed..is this normal??...also woke up this morning very stiff and sore...shouldn't that be getting better by now??....see the device person in 2 days...I know the mind is a powerful thing but having a hard time focusing on the positives of this device!!!....I have always felt good and full of energy...this is knocking me for a loop!!..thanks for any comments/suggestions!...soooo glad I found this forum!!

Posted by Texasgirl72315 on 2014-07-15 00:04. 4 comments. 190 reads
 
Friday is a big day! I get a 3year loop monitor. It's been a long bumpy road since being diagnosed with SSS. I recently had some episodes and one of these I wrecked my car. Not bad thank goodness but did give "The Jolly Roger" a messed up passenger mirror. When we got to hospital of course the tricky SSS decided not to show it's ugly head. I was kept over night in the cardiac unit to monitor but no episodes showed up. At least this way they will get to see what I feel.

Posted by Momhead on 2014-07-14 11:20. 6 comments. 332 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker implanted 3 days ago so I'm new to this club..am an active 70 yr old...my heart is strong, no cholesterol problems..only had low heartrate....starting to feel like my life will never return to normal!!!....tired, incision still hurts, feelings of rapid heart beats with pounding chest etc...am I expecting too much too quick??... Don't see device person for 5 days... Thanks!

Posted by megsam on 2014-07-13 23:05. 3 comments. 280 reads
 
I received a Medtronic dual pacemaker last Thursday. All went well and they said the pacemaker is working perfectly. It's keeping my heartbeat at a minimum of 60. Instructions said to remove the bandage today. I removed it and underneath I found what looks kind of like black fabric tape, which seems to be a little loose and wants to come off. I'm going to call tomorrow to ask them about this, but did others find the same thing? It seems as if it would be logical to put another piece of gauze over it to protect it, so I'm not sure why they wanted me to remove the bandage.

Posted by Sim on 2014-07-13 07:46. 2 comments. 219 reads
 
Hi I Am a 30 year old female having a defribilator inputted this week. I have been given the option of having it inserted in my chest or under my arm. Am struggling with the decision as have been told under the arm can be quite painful. Would really appreciate advice if anyone has any experiences to share. Thanks so much Simone

Posted by bexy on 2014-07-11 15:53. 3 comments. 220 reads
 
I finally had my pm fitted yesterday and apart from being in a fair bit of pain I feel ok.
Just one question though, since I got home today I've felt my pm pace a few times and I just wondered if it was normal.
The great thing about it is I don't feel dizzy or sick and after years of those symptoms it's going to take a bit of getting used to!

Posted by LizzieB on 2014-07-10 02:46. 6 comments. 429 reads
 
Hello there, I'm Liz. I'm trying to decide where to begin, I'm sure not everyone is interested in my long(Though short) complicated medical history. If you only read the first few sentences of this post, here's what I'd love to know from you.

Your top tips for pacemaker surgery: Anything special to bring along, anything to be careful of, any funny stories ;)

Your top tips for pacemaker recovery: What helped your pain the most, how long was your recovery, when could you get out of bed after surgery, ect.

Your most noticeable lifestyle change/symptom of having the implant: Can you feel it pacing, do you have full range of motion in your arm, do you wear a medical ID bracelet, do you get a lot of pat downs a...


Posted by Stephanie3 on 2014-07-09 16:33. 1 comments. 207 reads
 
Hi guys I know it's been awhile! Hope everyone is doing good and enjoying the summer! I had my checkup last week and I have been having a lot of pain in my arm and shoulder. I will have my pacemaker for two years this August! For the last couple of months it seems to be moving like crazy. It sometimes even goes near my armpit where my arm can't close without causing so much pain. My doctor wants to go in and move the pacemaker under the muscle.. He is planning on doing on August 20th. In the very beginning he wanted to place it under the muscle but he said it would be a longer recovery and it would be much painful.. So I agreed not to place it under the muscle and now I have to go back in and do it two years later! I'm so nervous a...


Posted by deeheart on 2014-07-08 18:02. 7 comments. 368 reads
 
I'm a little over 3 weeks in and am afraid to move my arm or do things "the wrong way". I was told not to reach across my body too far--movement that would be like putting on deodorant under the opposite arm. When I try to put on deodorant, my shoulder and PM site feels tight and I get some pains. Does anyone know if you can do this, bend over, how far you can reach out or across or if you can put a little pressure on the arm (like to lift out of a chair)? Also, when is it OK to sleep or lay on the PM side? I used to put a heating pad on my chest before the PM......not sure if that;s safe now or in the future either. Still feeling weak, having some shortness of breath, heart beats fast when just walking around the house and having some che...


Posted by Sue66 on 2014-07-08 15:27. 10 comments. 241 reads
 
Hi: I go for my 2 week check-up tomorrow. I still get dizzy at times. I do not feel the extreme weakness that I had before the Pacemaker, but I get an occasional pain in the middle of my chest. Does anyone else get that pain?
I know I have to adjust to this new way of life, but I am concerned I may have blockages in the arteries also.

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-07-06 12:33. 3 comments. 209 reads
 
I am 2weeks post op and incision looks good. I feel a tightness that extends a little toward my neck. Anyone else have this during recovery?

Posted by rtnievera on 2014-07-06 05:26. 4 comments. 258 reads
 
Single chamber Medtronic Pacemaker recipient for almost 7 months now due to 3.14 sec pause and low heart of 33 bpm while sleeping. Sometimes after a little work, feeling exhausted or tired and uneasy or feeling nervous.But, most of the time I'm ok and good.Am I still in a healing period or I'm a little bit depressed?Or a little adjustment or tweaking. My low setpoint is 50 bpm. Very much appreciated any comments and thanks in advance.

Posted by 1965rich on 2014-07-03 11:42. 4 comments. 346 reads
 
Hi Everyone

A week plus one day since PM implant and thank goodness everything is going well. When discussing the procedure I was fairly insistent with my Cardiologist that I wanted a sub pectorial implant, he was extremely reluctant but finally agreed to my wishes. I have now just had the stitches removed and I am concerned that the implant may not have been sub pectorial afterall. From a distance, its fair to see that there is no noticeable evidence of the PM (apart from the scar that is) Close up you can definately see and feel a vaugue outline of the pacemaker and a very slightly raised lump. My question is whether that is normal for a sub pectorial implant or typically would there be no obvious evidence or raised lump?


Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-06-27 16:27. 2 comments. 244 reads
 
Just got my Medtronuc PM about 4 days ago. I own a vacation rental cleaning service and I myself clean
Any idea when I can go back to work?

Posted by Jerry1 on 2014-06-26 11:00. 8 comments. 370 reads
 
Just had my St. Jude PM implanted 6/19/2014 & wonder how long it took others to get back to driving their car?

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-06-26 10:42. 3 comments. 228 reads
 
I am 3 days in after having my pm implant. When I arise from bed this morning I have slight pressure at site. No pain just little pressure. Is this normal?

Posted by RMTGS on 2014-06-23 21:55. 5 comments. 444 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. 235 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?




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