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Posted by genroberts on 2016-02-07 22:01. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
So I am 6 days post surgery implant of a new pacemaker and I am experiencing sharp shooting pain in my lower forearm and wrist when I extend my arm and try to use it. It doesn't happen all the time but frequently enough that I wonder what might be happening related to the surgery? anyone experience pain like this? how did you resolve it? how long? I called my doctor and she said that I should give it 24-48 hours to see if it gets better.
thanks

Posted by odonicola on 2016-02-07 00:07. 6 comments. 405 reads
 
Hi guys, I'm 18 years old and had a pacemaker installed 4 days ago due to complete heart block. My normal heart rate before the pacemaker was 39, and with the pacemaker it is around 80, which is amazing. But every now and again I have extreme palpitations, I am just wondering is this the pacemaker doing its job or should I be worried about something?

Posted by odonicola on 2016-02-07 00:03. 2 comments. 273 reads
 
Hi guys, I'm 18 years old and had a pacemaker installed 4 days ago due to complete heart block. I'm feeling quite dizzy and lightheaded every now and again and it's not just when I'm walking, it happens when I'm sitting doing nothing as well. I just want to know is this just my body getting used to having a normal heart beat or is it something I need to worry about?

Posted by ab1016 on 2016-02-06 01:38. 3 comments. 249 reads
 
Hi all, ok so it's been 3 weeks since my pm implant, it's a biotronik and I finally received my monitor today, but I'm confused because I could have sworn my doctor said I would have a small device that I would take with me when I went out but no such device came, am I mistaken, does anyone have a device they take with them when they go out? If not than I guess this doesn't monitor you 24 hours a day. Again I'm very confused about all this, I did read the pamphlets, but still confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Posted by Topaz on 2016-02-05 16:13. 2 comments. 297 reads
 
Hi Everyone! First post - pacemaker done 1/6/16 Age 79 have not got energy back yet. Had one visit with cardiologist - saw some surgical site swelling and some above collar bone which they say is of no concern. I am 4 weeks post surgery and they say 8 weeks total before i can raise my left arm above my head.
Mainly would like to know how others have progressed with getting their energy back. Thanks a lot. .....Topaz

Posted by Tnquiltqueen on 2016-02-03 16:50. 3 comments. 402 reads
 
Hello, I had my pacemaker/defibrillator implanted Friday. Friday through Sunday I thought I was completely cured and all was back to normal. Then Monday night I went out and the huffing and puffing returned. I was devastated and totally bummed out. A little history - 2013 for the year chemo then radiation for breast cancer then kidney removal for cancer and recovery. Had problems with shortness of breath and figured I was out of shape. It continued throughout 2014 and into 2015. By spring it was full force. Insurance would not pay for device. I literally sat in my chair in front of tv and got out of breath going to bathroom. Finally Jan 2016 my ejection fraction dropped enough I got my device. I guess I know my stamina is shot. Can someone...


Posted by sandyjanniche on 2016-02-01 21:20. 2 comments. 297 reads
 
I am supposed to have a pacemaker replacement in 2 weeks and just found out I might have options for different placement. My current pacemaker is 7 years old and was placed directly under my skin under my collarbone on left side. It has always been very noticeable even under clothing. I started doing some research and came across the PaceMaker Club website and started reading up on women who have had their pacemaker placed submammary. I emailed my doctor to see if that might be an option for me but he doesn't want to discuss that until after my cardiac cath and electro physiology study in 2 days (I don't think he has performed placement there before). Does anyone know of doctor's in the Maryland, D.C. area that do the submammary placement?...


Posted by Momma-K on 2016-02-01 18:20. 2 comments. 321 reads
 
New to the web site and PM! My story in a nutshell... Right before Christmas 2015, went to Dr. for sinus infection! Just wasn't feeling well, little dizzy, etc. Dr. did an EKG & my resting heart rate was 35. Diagnosed w/ Bradycardia. Went to cardiologist 3 days later; had big change in EKG again and poof! I had emergency PM surgery that afternoon! Then 6 hours later, I had Pericarditis - Very Painful-constant pain! Lasted 30 hours! Few days in hospital & mega doses of meds. Recovered now. At last appt. my Dr. said I had been in CHF (congestive heart failure)! Tell your dr. of your symptoms, no matter how trivial they seem to you. I do have some questions...

Did anyone else experience Pericarditis after surgery?
Doe...


Posted by FingerPaint on 2016-01-31 19:47. 2 comments. 216 reads
 
Hoi all,

So glad I found this club. Had an ICD/Pacemaker installed on Friday (1/29/2016). I'm on the usual aspirin and b-blocker (5mg/day). I sometimes feel light-headed and a bit disoriented, feels a bit like the runup to what got me in this situation in the first place. Could that be due to the b-blocker? No idea what to expect during recovery and every little symptom reminds me of the event that started this journey in the first place.

Posted by Raildoctor on 2016-01-30 22:50. 2 comments. 258 reads
 
Is it safe to take oxycodone after you have a dual chamber pm put in?

Posted by Ellenmarder on 2016-01-30 05:29. 4 comments. 221 reads
 
I had my pacemaker battery replaced one week ago today I am alarmed that at the incision site I continue to have a raised elevated lump also I was told they were putting an antibiotic pouch in since I had just recovered from a respiratory infection could they have left something inside of me so my doctor for a check up he said it was nothing coagulated blood sounds to me like it's BS please somebody give me an answer thank you

Posted by Carolynnm on 2016-01-28 19:25. 5 comments. 346 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. 297 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. 382 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. 327 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. 373 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. 173 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. 379 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. 380 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. 228 reads
 
coming week getting my pace/difib installed. very anxious here. scared also. any help will be appreciated. thanks



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