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Posted by dlconover on 2014-08-10 15:55. 0 comments. 102 reads
 
Like several others I have read about here I too have no land line, just cell service and cable internet. I bought a USB adapter and loaded the software on my computer and while in the USB connector on my computer it connects and seems to work. When I remove it from the computer and insert it into the Merlin transmitter I get nothing. Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong? Will a off the shelf USB adapter work to transmit over my cable line? Thanks for any help you can give. Douglas

Posted by fastbabe2 on 2014-08-09 20:47. 3 comments. 165 reads
 
Hi all- I had lead extraction and PM removed and a new PM Boston Medtronic inserted on July 21. I have been experiencing numbness and tingling in my hands, legs and feet. At times it's quite painful. Has anyone experienced this with PM insertion? I'm still quite fatigued and am due to go back to work next week which I think is way too early but cardiologist seems to think a couple of weeks is all I need off. Any input on the numbness would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by bradycardia7 on 2014-08-09 10:28. 5 comments. 266 reads
 
Why would my heart doc put me on metoprolol when I
already have a pacer for bradycardia. I have asked why
prescribe the metoprolol and I really don't get an answer.
Any one out there ever deal with this same dilemma ?

THANKS !!

Posted by Lils on 2014-08-04 04:50. 2 comments. 290 reads
 
Hi, I had my first PA 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 ahead 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...


Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-08-04 04:36. 1 comments. 122 reads
 
I wonder if its posible after consulting my e.p they told me the symptoms of my palpitation last day is tachycardia ... By the way I had my p.m this year month of april cause of bradycardia...i feel always dizzy in the morning... Also have anciety attack... But last week I feel. Shortness of breath and worse palpitation! Im 28 y/o.. And my e.p sugested me to take maintenance medication for my heart fast rate... There is any one here happen or same like what im expirience now!

Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-08-04 04:35. 3 comments. 146 reads
 
I wonder if its posible after consulting my e.p they told me the symptoms of my palpitation last day is tachycardia ... By the way I had my p.m this year month of april cause of bradycardia...i feel always dizzy in the morning... Also have anciety attack... But last week I feel. Shortness of breath and worse palpitation! Im 28 y/o.. And my e.p sugested me to take maintenance medication for my heart fast rate... There is any one here happen or same like what im expirience now!

Posted by NAck on 2014-07-28 17:19. 0 comments. 127 reads
 
Thanks for the post. She has a Dr. Appt. tomorrow and I will ask. She also has a bracelet. Trying to talk her into trying it. She doesn't want to give up her independence. I understand.


Posted by NAck on 2014-07-28 14:06. 2 comments. 218 reads
 
My Mom had a pacemaker implanted several years ago. Don't know what it's called. She recently got a life alert system at home (partly against her will; we had to talk her into it) and has been wearing the necklace. She is now telling us that she can't breathe as freely when she is wearing it and feels better when she takes it off. Has anyone else had anything like this happen? I suspect she may be being manipulative since she wasn't really happy about it in the first place. I can't find anything that suggests that life alert could interfere with pacemakers and I am assuming that many others with pacemakers have life alert. HELP!



Posted by Troutfoot on 2014-07-27 10:10. 2 comments. 199 reads
 
It has been 3 months since my device was implanted and now my left breast is larger than my right.
No pain, tenderness, or discoloration.
While sleeping on my left side I do have some muscle twitching but that should not be enough to cause an enlarged breast.
I row a boat for a living and am in great shape and have even lost weight in the last few months.
So your collective thoughts are?
Ed

Posted by willronl on 2014-07-26 14:04. 8 comments. 315 reads
 
I just got my PM installed and have not sleep since. I also seem to have some high anxiety to go along with it. They set my PM on 70 and I seem to be speeding. Sleeping pills work for 4 hours only and are dangerous. Any suggestions, or is it just me.


Posted by book61 on 2014-07-26 12:24. 3 comments. 291 reads
 
Had pacemaker implanted March 2014. Been having episodes of skipped beats. Horrifying like your heart stops, flips. How can this be with a pacemaker??? Had Stress test done last week and then Echocardiogram Friday. Doc said stress test showed blood flow too slow at rest, but could be a false positive thus she ordered the echocardiogram. No results on that yet. Anyone else experience these skipped beats? If so did you see a doctor? Would appreciate any enlightenment on this matter.

Posted by MissMel on 2014-07-25 17:17. 10 comments. 370 reads
 
Hi

I'm new here. I had my PM changed yesterday, and cannot move without agony. My first PM surgery was not this painful, and my doctor assures me I am NOT NORMAL.
He suggested I go to the ER for IV pain meds, and in same breath assured me he has never had This happen before, and it must be ME. The surgeon used glue over incision, and the burning sensation when I move, try to walk, etc, feels like I have been shot.

How can this be normal. Anyone else totally bed bound after PM replacement?

Posted by Robert122085 on 2014-07-24 18:50. 1 comments. 152 reads
 
I feel like my chest down to my left elbo hurts sometimes but had it checked out and said nothing but at the bottom of the pace maker it hurts when I stretch or work out I've had it in now for almost a year and I'm only thirty I should be able to work out...
Also I'm on Paxil://Wellbutrin and I don't know if it's the drugs but I'm yawning all the time and when I do it kinda gags me feels weird

Posted by heather1723 on 2014-07-24 00:33. 2 comments. 208 reads
 
Is it possible for the pacemaker to make it's way to pushing through the skin and making it painful to the touch? This has been happening for about 3 months now and is very painful to the touch. I've had it since June 2010.

Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-07-23 10:42. 2 comments. 207 reads
 
Hi im 28 y/o got my pm on april this year.. I dont know if I realy
need my pm in my body I cant imagine what happen to my life or inside on my heart.my blood preasure always become abnormal 140/100 or sometimes 140/90.. I feel fear to move excersise like what happen to me like this my heart beating fast when im enjoying ride to my bike! The doctors findings to me is bradycardia thats why theythey install the dualchamber pm in my chest... If I knew what feelings with pacemaker I really really deny to have it..! Any one same expirience like this im here on philipines ty

Posted by Lifeisgood on 2014-07-21 02:20. 8 comments. 424 reads
 
Please don't judge me crazy, but I've been wondering what will happen when my body is ready to die. Will the pacemaker keep on ticking and will this expand the amount of time it would take to die - waiting for the liver to give, up, the lungs, the bladder, etc? so that instead of dying, your body just hung in there! Would they remove the pacemaker when all signs of life are depleted? I asked my doctor this and he actually ran out of the office and told me I was freaking him out! and he did not reply! Seems to me the heart (if you are not having a heart attack) will continue to be nued to palpitate and keep pace if the computer pacemaker is in good condition. I hope I made myself clear. Thanks

Posted by cnelson on 2014-07-20 02:22. 2 comments. 256 reads
 
I received my first pacemaker (Medtornics) April 1, 2014. Everything went along very well for about 3 weeks, then the incision began to drain - it had looked as if it was healing very well -- the site was red, warm to touch and as the days went by drained more and more frequently - drainage was clear red orange in color. They gave me antibiotics for weeks and it continued to open and drain till the opening was about the size of a pencil eraser and the pacer was visible. May 30 they removed it and left me without a pacer for 2 weeks to heal up. Then a Boston Scientific unit was implanted on the right side on June 13. This has healed completely and seems OK to date.

The original incision (left side) continues to drain sligh...


Posted by ohnonothimagain on 2014-07-19 09:01. 6 comments. 279 reads
 
I've this has been posted elsewhere-I apologize. It's been about 18 months since my Surgery, and for the past 3-4 months the pain in my chest/left shoulder has been getting worse and worse. The pacemaker actually still "flops around" in my chest, and the wires or something protrudes from the pacemaker site. I get sick to my stomach at the seeing/feeling the pacemaker moving around and the wires protruding..I'm in constant pain, and wondered if anyone else has had the same experience. Thanks

Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-07-17 13:45. 1 comments. 163 reads
 
This year I underwent Mitral valve repair. Was done in March and although the repair was successful my heart conduction system was permanently damaged. This now requires that I undergo Pacemaker device implant permanently. Has anyone heard or have information regarding this type of issues caused by Mitral valve repair. I know that it could happen if the valve is replaced with a mechanical one but not sure if it's possible on repairs. My heart other than the valve issue was very healthy and my ejection fraction was 63% prior to my surgery. It's now at 25%.
Appreciate any feedback on this.
Regards,
Luis

Posted by stormynw on 2014-07-17 02:04. 3 comments. 281 reads
 
Have many of you had to deal with pericarditis? After my implant 8 1/2 weeks ago I've been to the E.R. 4 or 5 times now with painful breathing and a painful chest. After the first three visits (all 4-5+ hours) with NO answers other than the 3rd time they did a CT scan to rule out a blood clot in my lungs and came back and said well you don't have a blood clot and I was like… What about the pain? and the ER Dr. said well you have pain medication and I told him I wasn't looking for pain medication which obviously wasn't helping anyway being as they had administered some while I was there with no relief. I wanted some answers. At that point I mad a 2 hour plus 35 min ferry ride to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle where they diagnosed peri...




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