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Posted by DD on 2015-02-16 18:24. 4 comments. 245 reads
 
I have just had my pacemaker replaced. It was three weeks ago. My first one I had for almost 8 years. Does anyone have a problem with the pacemaker sticking up when you lay on your side? I sleep on my right side and my pacer in on the left. It is just like it stand s on end when I am in this position. Also my shoulder muscle is sore. Is there anything to worry about with each of these problems? Am I just being impatient?Thanks guys you are awesome!! DD

Posted by Vend_doc on 2015-02-16 16:13. 2 comments. 152 reads
 
Just a hello.
Obviously off work as only had fitted 6 days ago.
Found this site and will have a good read of all the questions and answers.

Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-02-13 19:00. 3 comments. 306 reads
 
I searched the site and it seems that there's only one post about this issue. The post had 37 comments but I could only read the first page and can't find the button for "next page"...

Anyway, I sleep on the left side of the bed and my PM is on the left side. When I was on the hospital bed, I found it more difficult to get up from the right as I had to pull my left shoulder to the other side, so I got up from the left side.

However, it's easier there as the bed is adjustable. What we do now if that my husband uses a broomstick and I grab the stick with my right hand and sit myself up. I can feel the pain from the wound (not too severe though). Will that pull the leads out of place? How do you get up?
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Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-02-13 13:01. 5 comments. 340 reads
 
My surgery went fine yesterday. It took 3 hours as the leads didn't send back the response my EP had expected so they had to put them in different places. Well, that's as much as I could understand when the doctor tried to explain to me when I woke up. But so far so good.

Except for the reaction to sedation drug yesterday and today, I've been feeling fine. My wound doesn't bother me that much and the nurse kept on reminding me to take painkillers to stay ahead of the pain.

I just got home 30 minutes ago. Still dizzy and nauseous. I'm hungry but I can't really take in any food. Still sleepy even though I had been laying in bed and sleeping on and off for the last 24 hours. However, mentally I feel fine! I'm ...


Posted by Sasha on 2015-02-12 02:27. 13 comments. 331 reads
 
Hi everyone :)
I first posted in December as I waa told I needed a pacemaker, your advice and stories were very reasuring.
Ive since had a 7day monitor and again my heart is dropping beats, ive not fainted again but feel faint frequently.
Im going in hospital on 5th march for an invasive electrophysiological study and possibly pacemaker. Im absolutely frightened to death.
He has said im showing signs of AV block type 2 but its very unusual for someonebof my age, im 35? When I have googled it it says you can be born with it?
Im seeing my consultant on the 3rd have so many questions for him. Can anyone tell me what its like? during/after an invasive electrophysiological study? Will I be staying in? Coming home? I ...


Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-02-09 22:50. 15 comments. 486 reads
 
I don't think I am.

Back from the 6 day business trip yesterday. For three days in a row, I had to be standing, talking and moving around all day. I was doing fine. I had a minor symptom one night, but just my usual, not so serious symptom---feel some pressure on my chest, can hear people speaking but not able to respond right away, and then my face flushes when the symptom is gone. I even started to think if it's my head making it happen as I was just wondering if I really need a PM several hours prior to that.

This morning I went to my pre-op appointment. I asked again if I really need one. I saw in this club many people have more serious symptoms! I have only completely passed out 5 or 6 times in my 47 y...


Posted by glowiegirl on 2015-02-08 18:19. 2 comments. 139 reads
 
I hope everyone who helped me gets to see this message. Pacemaker club has the BEST people to help you through all this!

My St Jude QUADRA is in and it looks good. I feel fine--swelling and pulling of course--but that will abate. Don't know if it worked yet to alleviate all my previous symptoms, but I 'm thinking it might take time for my heart to get back up from the RF of 25%. Some dizziness still. Will see the doc for post visit next Friday. This time I will move my arm more so I hope there is no difficulty there.
Thanks to all again
gloria


Posted by jam44 on 2015-02-08 12:32. 6 comments. 266 reads
 
Did anyone still get light headed after getting their pacemaker? I have had mine 4 days now.

Posted by Jamminceo on 2015-02-08 09:21. 1 comments. 192 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

My fiancee' has just completed her surgery on Tuesday and is still on the road to recovery. Issues she is facing is that she is feeling a swelling discomfort in her throat close to the site of the area. That wouldn't be related to air pocket problem or something more would it? She feels it when she is swallowing and breathing.

Posted by mdobeck on 2015-02-07 12:55. 6 comments. 330 reads
 
Just got my PM last Tuesday, i have beeb feeling lightheaded off and on and wondering if this is normal. I got mine for Bradycardia. Thanks for your information, glad to see this is a support site. I to was really nervous, always been very athletic and thought i took care of my heart!
Thanks! mdobeck

Posted by gzarotny on 2015-02-07 12:18. 4 comments. 188 reads
 
Can't Thank you enough for all the comments and tips on what to expect with my pacemaker surgery coming up this Monday. It made me feel much better and less scared. Now if I can just keep my stress down till then, I know things will be ok. Hope you all don't mind if I keep posting for support and help through this. It is so nice to know I can talk with great people who have been through this and experienced it first hand. Best advice ever in my book. Have a great day and any other tips would be greatly appreciated. :-)



Posted by gzarotny on 2015-02-06 17:13. 9 comments. 247 reads
 
Getting ready to have a pacemaker inserted on Monday (02/09/15) for complete heart block (need two leads). I am scared to death about the procedure and what it will look like after. I am in very good physical shape and have never had a surgery like this. Will it show terribly after it has healed, what should I expect from those out there with experience in this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

Posted by seenu302 on 2015-02-06 10:39. 8 comments. 249 reads
 
Hello everyone,
I had my surgery on 11/25. No complications. Doc told me to resume everything after 1/15 visit.The area around my PM is still tender. Just wondering how long it would take for that tenderness to go away.

Thanks
Sri

Posted by Trinurse on 2015-02-05 11:32. 2 comments. 171 reads
 
A newbie to a group that none of us wanted to join. I'm a retired healthcare professional, so I knew a lot about what to expect. I'm also a Triathlete who has completed an Ironman. What can I expect about getting back to training. I want my life back, and hope that this will really make a difference. Have been pretty inactive over the last year due to the fatigue and SOB, but worry that my rate has only been set at 130 and may be restrictive.. My EP MD states that I am only the second athlete he has seen with my problem, but he has been very supportive and he really does listen to me. Any thoughts out there about swimming open water or racing a bike in the aero position? A little afraid of crashing on the bike now.


Posted by Jaydonsmum on 2015-01-30 00:40. 5 comments. 344 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker resisted under my muscle (Monday 26th) still in a lot of pain, unable to move arm easily, turn over in bed etc. how long will this last roughly pls?xx

Posted by splendid1 on 2015-01-25 18:21. 8 comments. 310 reads
 
I have an implantation coming up.
1. Can someone tell me what to expect the day of and in recovery?
2. What brand of double lead PM do you recommend; which one to avoid?
3. Tell me about the process of regulating the PM after procedure.

Posted by lizs101 on 2015-01-24 22:38. 2 comments. 255 reads
 
My diagnosis is A-Fib and flutter. I have had two ablations and several Cardioversions. I have a problem taking antiarrhythmic drugs due to the side effects. The latest one tried was Tikosyn which I started last week without severe side effects but have felt absolutely lousy since I started it. I went in Thursday for a 1 week follow-up EKG and the Doctor's office called Friday expressing concern because the pause between my heartbeats is continuing to increase in length. They do not feel the Tikosyn is working or right for me and want to do an AV Ablation and pacemaker. It is probably irrational on my part but this scares me. I have no idea what to expect and am looking for some information.

I guess I am looking for any ...


Posted by T.T. on 2015-01-24 21:41. 2 comments. 159 reads
 
Have anyone had a cardiac ablation and if so, has it bettered your condition at all???

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-01-23 09:00. 1 comments. 125 reads
 

Good luck today with your surgery.....it's almost over.

Let us know how everything went, you'll be fine.

Grateful Heart

Posted by Darine on 2015-01-21 22:26. 3 comments. 286 reads
 
Hi ,I just had a pacemaker and I am very concerned on how it is going to affect my job.My job is very physical .I am a massage and skin care therapist .does anyone know people in the same field with pacemaker?thank you



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