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Posted by bexy on 2014-07-11 15:53. 3 comments. 249 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. 470 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. 235 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. 404 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. 281 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. 234 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. 286 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. 374 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. 270 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. 393 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. 238 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. 477 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. 260 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?


Posted by Lee24 on 2014-06-21 06:49. 3 comments. 200 reads
 
3 days post PM op my chest feels like it had mint. I don't feel comfy at all. Does anyone know wat causes this? And what can I do to avoid a complication on with my shoulder as it feels stiff now. Are there any positions I should avoid that could disturb the PM?

Posted by pioxen on 2014-06-20 21:44. 2 comments. 156 reads
 
Looks like I'm going to be getting my 3rd pacemaker implanted on June 23rd. I had my first SJM pacer placed in 2001, the second in 2010 which is still tickin like a timex, but I've developed a weakened lower left chamber and need an upgrade to a CRT-P SJM pacer. This new pacer is hopefully going cure my edema and swelling. It's supposed to be really successful in helping heart failure patients. Will keep you guys posted as I recover next week. Have a great weekend :-)

Posted by alisonwilliams42 on 2014-06-20 18:39. 4 comments. 163 reads
 
I am due a pacemaker replacement with a possible lead replacement. I'm a bit scared as everything has been ok for the last five years. Anyone know the risks etc

Posted by IRISHDLS on 2014-06-19 20:46. 3 comments. 150 reads
 
I had an afib ablation and six days later back in afib. Anyone have this problem

Posted by jools4975 on 2014-06-17 13:14. 2 comments. 198 reads
 
I have to have my first pacemaker replacement soon. I'm worried about recovery time as I look after my 20 month old grandson twice a week and he likes to be picked up and carried quite a lot so wondered when it would be safe to look after him again after the surgery?
jools4975

Posted by Lee24 on 2014-06-16 09:39. 10 comments. 438 reads
 
I was due to get a pacemaker last friday. Well I was prepared to goto theater etc, then went in. The procedure was done under a local anasthetic so I could hear and see everthing the doctors were doing. While the were doing the venogram I started feeling a burning sensation on my chest, then I was throwing up blood. A sunction was done in my mouth immediately and I was given oxygen at 100% since I got short of breath. The procedure was immmediately abondoned and the doctors request an xray and CT scan to be done immediately. The results came back saying I have a pneumothorax. They punctured my lung during the procedure. I need to know when will the pnuemo heal? Has any experienced this. I'm on oxygen supply for now to get rid of the pnuemo...


Posted by Martha on 2014-06-11 22:15. 0 comments. 97 reads
 
In response to the person who inquired about cardiac ablation. I have had 2 ablations for A-fib....no big deal at all.....quick recovery; just need to take it easy for a few days, that's all, I got a pacemaker 10 weeks ago....local anesthetic; not a big deal...2" incision that heals pretty quickly but there are a few restrictions: can't drive a car for a month, which I thought was silly but when I started driving again, I understood WHY....the seat belt harness tends to rub against the incision for one thing. If you are a passenger, it does not rub against. Also, you must not raise your arm above your shoulder for a month so that you do not pull out the wires to the pacemaker. No heavy jobs such as mowing grass for a month.



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