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Posted by Lils on 2014-08-07 04:38. 0 comments. 226 reads
 
Hi, I had my first PM inserted on 16/0712014 sent home same day, ended up back in hospital with all sorts of pain next day where I was kept in and after 4 days they realised that the lead had moved, so they had to operate again on 22/07/2014.
Back home next day, since then I have been so sore round my ribs, dull pain on my right side under my ribs, and an dull pain under left ribs with the occasional stabbing pain, this scare me as that is what I had for 4 days before they realised lead had moved, have to say this is not as bad as the first episode, I am better when I am standing and sometimes I don't feel it for a full day!!
I have days where I am dizzy, and since the op my eye site has gone more blured.

I really wa...


Posted by cory21 on 2014-08-06 01:59. 4 comments. 246 reads
 
tomorrow will be a week since I've had my pacemaker put in my bandage is falling off they put staples instead of the surgical glue should I go ahead and take the bandage off or leave it on don't have a doctors appointment for another week

Posted by Frankenstein on 2014-08-04 20:09. 7 comments. 369 reads
 
Received pm two weeks ago. Dr. said don't raise elbow above shoulder. Every day it happens at least once. Scared I might dislodge a lead. How long should this be a concern

Rob

Posted by Sue66 on 2014-08-03 16:45. 2 comments. 255 reads
 
Hi: I had my pacemaker put in on 6/23/14, and had dizzy spells even after insertion of this new device. THey stopped for awhile, but now past 2 days I am getting them again. Not weak like before the Pacemaker, just dizziness that comes and goes. Is anyone else experiencing that.
I have to say my energy has gotten better. I could hardly walk before I got my Pacemaker, and I find I can walk a little faster now with more energy.
Sue

Posted by martinbr on 2014-08-03 16:40. 8 comments. 261 reads
 
Good news, might not need pacemaker. Pulse has gone up since i stopped taking opiate medicine, so my pulse has gone up to low 50's instead of the 30's. There keeping one more day to monitor me and then release me. I am really really relieved because i wasn't to thrilled about running around with a lump in my chest.
martinbr

Posted by martinbr on 2014-08-03 00:16. 2 comments. 243 reads
 
Hi, new here and sitting in the hospital. They want to put a pacemaker in me due to my pulse sitting around 37-45.
My pulse has always been on the low side when i was younger
but im 62 now, and i figure it!s about time to start having health problems. The only problem is, that i am on a opiate substitute to stay off. a prescription drug problem that i had. That means i would have to stop taking them and i would go into withdrawals.

I wanted to leave the hospital amd finish the drug program that i am on, but i don't know if tjat is a good idea. Any suggestions would be appreciated,
thanks,
martinbr

Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-08-01 06:17. 2 comments. 246 reads
 
Just curious I'm soon to have a crt device implant along with an av node ablation operation. I have questions does it work well for you. Can you tell something else is beating for the heart. Does it take awhile to get used to. How long is surgery and recovery. Will I be eligible for heart transplant list after implant. Thanks can't find anyone with this device to talk to.

Posted by aportice on 2014-07-29 21:59. 11 comments. 361 reads
 
I am wondering if others have had a feeling of being bummed after having to have a pacemaker placed. I am only 42 and all the sudden I had to have a Pacemaker put in.

I am finding myself having a problem dealing with it. I don't sit well anyway and I am sure that is part of it. I also know that finding out I am not invincible is hard too. I lead a very active, busy life and I don't want this to slow me down.

Posted by Holladay Pacer on 2014-07-28 20:04. 4 comments. 268 reads
 
Hi,

I'm 43 and I will be having my 5th pacemaker put in since I was 25 this Friday. Super fun with a premature batter replacement, pacemaker pocket infection, lead extraction and move to the right side submuscular and one good ol' regular generator replacement in 2006.

I am trying to remember what the recovery was like in 2006 so I can plan my work schedule. I seem to remember it was very painful and I couldn't lift my arm for some time.

If anyone has had this recently, I'd love to get your feedback.

Thanks!

Posted by momhead4 on 2014-07-24 11:05. 6 comments. 321 reads
 
Well, I am at 13 post PM...sure have learned a lot since this all started!...thanks to all who post and help us all through this process...and it is a process!!....someone who commented on one of my posts asked me to repost a week later...feeling much better!...have more energy and don't get as tired as in that first week....anxiety and pounding chest are better; not completely gone...did a 45 minute walk this morning at a brisk pace and felt good!!...the reality check for me was my first post-op device visit...I am pacing at 73% so really am no longer questioning whether or not this needed to be done...I am wondering if anyone has experienced digestive/gastro problems in these first few weeks?....finding I am really constipated and gassy ...


Posted by kwkonk43 on 2014-07-23 11:17. 7 comments. 412 reads
 
It's been 5 days since I had my PM implanted...recovery has been painful and slow. Reacted to pain medication in hospital so pain management has been limited.
I was surprised by the amount of bad brusing to my left breast.

Is this common for women after pm implantation.

Thanks.

Posted by megsam on 2014-07-21 19:04. 8 comments. 490 reads
 
I got my pacemaker 11 days ago. What did the rest of you do for exercise after you got yours and how soon after the surgery did you do it? I just had a weird phone call from the cardiologist's nurse, repeating stuff I already knew, and I mentioned that I was going to walk on a treadmill but hadn't done it yet. She said maybe I shouldn't because what if I fell on it, and grabbed onto something, thereby reaching my left arm up higher than I should. I said, but if I walked on a sidewalk and I fell, my pacemaker/incision could be damaged and wouldn't that be worse? I probably should have simply said that I have never ever fallen on the treadmill. So then I asked her, OK what do you normally recommend people do for exercise after a PM? She just...


Posted by donna_26 on 2014-07-21 18:38. 3 comments. 227 reads
 
Woke up feeling a aking shoulder and pacermaker herting around it had it in for over a year now can this be normal . it is sore has anyone else experienced this ?

Posted by gen129 on 2014-07-16 22:49. 3 comments. 708 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. 406 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. 384 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. 216 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. 360 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. 319 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. 247 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



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