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Posted by Carolynnm on 2016-01-28 19:25. 5 comments. 338 reads
 
Hi. I'd like to hear about how long it took before you got your strength back after your device implant. I am 75 years old. I'm a little over two months from the implant and I still don't feel as strong as I want to. I do all of my own housework and cooking. I try to walk when I can. But my energy level is such that I can only work or walk for a short time then I have to rest. If I keep gong too long I get so tired it takes me a few days to recover. Do I keep pushing as hard as I can, or what is the best way to handle this?

Posted by glennisz on 2016-01-28 04:44. 3 comments. 293 reads
 
Got my pacemaker in Monday, 1/25. Yesterday no problems. Then today had pain in the center of my chest -hurts to take a breath. Went to ER bcuz was also very lightheaded. Drs decided everything was fine with pacemaker. Still in pain tonite. About 6inches from bottom of sternum. Anyone else have thus happen?

Posted by ab1016 on 2016-01-24 20:17. 5 comments. 378 reads
 
OK, so I now have a pacemaker, I'm 64, not very happy about it but had low pulse 33 at times and doctor said it's a must soooo here I am, I have allot of questions but mainly in very concerned about what happens if your pacemaker malfunctions for one reason or another, do you die if you don't go to emergency room right away?

Posted by jp1lk1ng on 2016-01-24 19:55. 7 comments. 311 reads
 
Had my crt-d implanted Wed., 1/20. Surgery went very well, surgeon commented signal output and other parameters were excellent.
I am disappointed that the recovery has been slow. I have been very weak and tired for, 4 days. Many people told me they woke in recovery, stronger than before and went home same day without an arm sling---not so for me. My arm is in a sling for 2 weeks and sore. My wife said my muscles had to be moved to get the 3rd lead in position, thus the bruising and soreness.
Am I a wimp or were those other people misleading me. I am looking forward to getting back to a fuller more active life, with a stronger heart.

Posted by Debs59 on 2016-01-24 03:52. 6 comments. 361 reads
 
How long until you can lift left arm over head and lift more than five lbs? It's been five weeks. Whatcha think? Thanks.

Posted by jeanann on 2016-01-18 19:28. 0 comments. 166 reads
 
ha one have these d my pace maker 4weeks now I am a wreck waiting to go back to check if it working as my 1 op one lead did not work so they gave me op 2 sewedup then told me it still did not work op 3 checked leads before they sewed me up all was working .been so worried as my pallpitaionsare still haening every night as any

Posted by Aliu on 2016-01-17 23:58. 3 comments. 367 reads
 
I recently had a pacemaker put in on December 8th. Since then I had felt it kick on often but was never overly concerned. Tonight it has been going for two hours straight. Has anyone else experienced this before?

Posted by Katidid on 2016-01-17 10:00. 6 comments. 361 reads
 
Hi. I had a dual lead pacemaker fitted two days ago.
I was doing fine I was sent home with codine for pain relief. I have worked out its is making me vomit and nausea.
I am stopping that. I also feel sick after eating even a small meals.
And help please

Posted by fjj17332 on 2016-01-16 10:11. 5 comments. 220 reads
 
coming week getting my pace/difib installed. very anxious here. scared also. any help will be appreciated. thanks

Posted by nannyg08 on 2016-01-10 20:24. 1 comments. 259 reads
 
Hi have only just been given a pacemaker, was given a diagnosis of left bundle branch block, almost 3 yr ago.
Taken into hospital on monday 4th january with pulse of 30 and tachycardio, had my pacemaker fitted the following day. Since returning home i am so tired can i ask if this is normal for recovery

Posted by vics57 on 2016-01-10 12:37. 7 comments. 331 reads
 
I'm due to have my third pacemaker on Tuesday. Doc's secretary told me on Friday that I should eat a good breakfast before 7am and then go to the hospital at 10am. Due to be a day patient, all being well, and have it done under a local rather than a general. Told a friend who was horrified, and said that, as I'll have a mild sedation I shouldn't eat after midnight. WHo's right? What should I do?

Posted by dwbenner on 2016-01-08 20:41. 4 comments. 243 reads
 
Since going into the '3 months' phase in which the pacemaker conserves the battery by only pacing 1 chamber, I've a lot less 'zip' than before.

I get a new pacemaker next week -- will I recover my previous energy level immediately or will it take a while?
thanks
D

Posted by BRIAN032352 on 2016-01-07 17:22. 9 comments. 530 reads
 
Yesterday (January 6.2016), I received a dual chamber pacemaker surgery while I was fully awake and it was very painful for me during surgery. I was already in pain from some kind of quite severe inflammation in my left shoulder,left arm and left shoulder blade since Christmas eve but I was coping quite well until yesterday morning before the implant without seeing a doctor. Why did I experience so much pain during surgery? I had developed a very bad infection in my left elbow back at the end of March 2015 caused from an infected callous. I was given a two courses of different antibiotics. I was daily agonizing pain for about 1 1/2 months before the pain subsided. Now this surgery might be aggravating the inflammation pain that surfaced ...


Posted by mnoshea on 2015-12-28 22:36. 1 comments. 544 reads
 
Hi
I am a 44 year old female.I had a st Jude's dual chamber pacemaker fitted on Dec 7th.Reason for pacemaker was SSS...Recovery is going well...wound has healed nicely. I am being very careful with not moving my arm too much....bending forward when I forget is uncomfortable...my queries are...I have started back going for walks at a nice pace but not too fast....I am finding that I am get quite sharp/ uncomfortable palpitations which nearly take my breath and I have to stop....also I am getting breathless with exertion...finally I find that come evening time I am so tired I am fit for nothing...from reading previous posts here I the the rate response is on ....I am due back for review January 19 th...do I leave things until then ir ma...


Posted by jhanke on 2015-12-27 06:09. 10 comments. 428 reads
 
Hi, I'm schedule to have pacemaker surgery on January 7; and I have to say, I'm getting pretty nervous. I have sinus bradycardia and my HR has been getting down into the 30's and 40's. The question I have initially is how long does it take before I will feel well enough to go back to work. My cardiologist's nurse says that I should be able to go back to work within a few days. Does that sound correct? My surgery is on Thursday, and they say I'll be able to go back to work on Monday. How long will I be sore? I really appreciate any answers you may have for me. Thanks very much.

Posted by judycoder1938@gmail.com on 2015-12-22 23:11. 3 comments. 729 reads
 
HI everyone, I just joined this forum. I was in the hospital for chf when the hospitalist , heart doc and heart surgeon came in to my room and said I needed a pacemaker. WHAT!!!!!!. This was last wednesday and they wanted me to stay in hospital and they would do it Friday morn. I said no , I wanted to go home and either do it after Christmas or on Friday if they insisted. They did not like it, and it took a while for them to agree to me going home and back in Friday 8 a.m. for surgery.They finally had to use general antisetic and I went straight to icu, they discharged the next evening from icu to home, seemed strange to me, but, oh well.Felt fairly well the first day home.It has gone down hill from then to now. My back hurts, can't ...


Posted by KevMc on 2015-12-22 15:56. 6 comments. 321 reads
 
They say to not take aspirin for three days before having the replacement battery procedure... three days as in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for a Friday appointment?

I assume they would say to stop other medications, such as Imdur if there were others that would be an issue if not temporarily ceased.....

Posted by tommiker70 on 2015-12-21 17:34. 5 comments. 339 reads
 
I had my pace maker put in two weeks 3 days ago.I woke up twice the last few nights with discomfort slight pain and a slight headache, from rolling on my left side. It was not intentionally. I must be healing up.I am trying to come up with a way to stop this from happening for a few more weeks. Any suggestions?

Posted by JudyRocks on 2015-12-21 00:57. 3 comments. 463 reads
 
Well - I survived the 3 month waiting period imposed by Anthem and received my shiny new Medtronic bi-ventricular ICD Defibrillator/Pacemaker (not sure exactly what to call it - Lol) this past Wednesday 12-16-15. The Medtronic rep assures me it is their newest "Cadillac" device. I'm an "Acura" girl so not sure the Cadillac reference added to my piece of mind.... Very pleased with how my surgery went - virtually no pain from start to finish and done in less than an hour not including recovery. I'm now in the healing stage and 4 days post-op can say the only pain I have is at the surgery site directly over my device. My ice pack is my new best friend & helps almost as much as the Norco the doc sent me home with - started cutting the pain ...


Posted by techiej on 2015-12-20 19:40. 1 comments. 204 reads
 
Well on Friday I finally joined the club with a Boston Scientific 2-lead pacemaker.

Went easier than I expected and other than not being able to sleep well in the hospital feel better than I have in a long time.

Pain's not too bad - took the Vicodin the first 24 hrs and am now easing off to just at bedtime starting tonight with just Tylenol during the day.



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