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Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-01-19 19:33. 6 comments. 329 reads
 
Hi, it's me again. :)

The more I read the posts here, the more I think I overlook the whole thing. All I knew before was that I am to get a device and I won't be afraid of fainting when driving ever again. It seems I should have been more prepared but I'm not.

I'm going to have a pre-op consultation when my surgery date approaches, but I managed to squeeze in another appointment with my cardiologist tomorrow. Any suggestions on what questions I should ask my doctor?

I am going to ask him if he's going to secure my device with stitches. My device is going to be Medtronic. It's going to be the MRI tolerable one. My doctor knows I would like to play competitive badminton again so he mentioned something ...


Posted by Busdriver on 2015-01-18 23:13. 5 comments. 180 reads
 
I've read several posts regarding the manner in which the surgeon made the incision on his patient when implanting the pacemaker. Many people have disclosed their scar is either horizontal or vertical. My PM scar is diagonal on the left side of my chest. If I were to draw a line from my left armpit to the left side of my neck, the scar would be parallel with that. I was just wondering if it really matters which way the incision is made, or maybe it's just the surgeon's "signature" move.

Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-01-16 07:27. 10 comments. 531 reads
 
Hi,

I posted my worry and immediately I got support that warms my heart. Thank you. Thanks for everyone that read my post.

As I read more, I noticed that most people took quite some time off work. I don't think I'm pacemaker dependent as most of the time I am energetic. I plan to have it done on a Thursday, take a rest on Friday and go back to work on the next Monday. I can't afford to lose more days at work. I'm an in-house translator so I work literally at my desk all day. Why is it that a lot of people are saying they feel tired after the placement?

My second question is about exercise. I love to play badminton. Competitive one. I'm right-handed so the doctor will put it on my left chest...


Posted by Kelly on 2015-01-15 22:34. 5 comments. 339 reads
 
Hello. I had my PM replaced one month ago. I took 3 & a half weeks off work & was feeling pretty good. I returned to work last week & I'm exhausted. I'm on my feet all day but I've done that for years. My job is pretty easy compared to others that I've had. I'm finding now that working a 5 or 6 hour days feels like 8 or 9. I'm coming home & taking 2-3 hour naps & sleeping 10-12 hours at night. I don't think I should be this tired at this point. Yesterday was my day off but I had to go to work for a meeting. I didn't do anything beforehand & was there for an hour & a half. I couldn't keep my eyes open when I got home & took a 3 hr nap, then slept 10 hours that night. They said my PM is working fine.

The only other thing is an ec...


Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-01-15 21:16. 4 comments. 236 reads
 
Hi, I just joined this club. I'm 48 years old. Female. Overweight. Well-controlled diabetes and hypertension. Exercise 30 minutes/2 to 3 times a week. (I know it's not enough.)

After wearing a monitor for a month, my doctor told me I need a pacemaker. I was on Metoprolol when I was first wearing the monitor. After stopping the medication for 2 weeks, my heart still showed symptoms. I was diagnosed with high grade AV block. In some of the daily report recorded by the monitor when I had my symptoms, it was written as "2nd degree AV Block Type 1" and "2nd degree AV Block Type 2". My heart stopped beating over 4 or 5 seconds several times. Mostly when I was asleep. I had blood work and echo cardio done. Everything wa...


Posted by Judy13 on 2015-01-07 12:28. 1 comments. 250 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. 174 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. 333 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. 354 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. 218 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. 255 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. 320 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. 200 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. 350 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. 147 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. 385 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. 337 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. 277 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. 201 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. 347 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?



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