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Posted by RTO on 2014-03-24 13:06. 7 comments. 185 reads
 
Hi all,
I am 31 years old and had my PM 3 years ago. I am currently 31 weeks pregnannt and my pregnancy has been going really good with no issues at all. I was wondering if anyone had been pregnant with a PM and did it cause any issues during delivery. My ob and cardiologist dont think I should have any issues, but they wanted me to get a consult with the anesthesia deparment where I am giving birth (I am guessing that's because the epidural lowers bp).

thanks.

Posted by Electro on 2014-03-24 01:02. 2 comments. 183 reads
 
My first time on. Seems like some good folks who care about other people having problems that sometimes doctors do not understand. Got a heart attack in August 2012 and three stents a few months later. Just got my pacemaker on October 2012. Have had three monitoring sessions to check on my heart rate and the results show that my heart had been skipping for up to 12 seconds. Last week I had my pace maker adjusted from 50 beats per minute to 55 beats per minute because my heart was still skipping , I thought the pace maker was supposed to stop the beats. Anyway, I am having this problem I call a "shroud" The symptoms are almost like when you get a heart attack, that feeling that starts on your chest and radiates down your arms, this feeling ...


Posted by Amysand68 on 2014-03-23 22:23. 4 comments. 142 reads
 
My 16year old daughter received her first PM at age 5 due to a dx of Complete Heart Block. She received her second, dual chamber PM at 13, doing wonderfully! She is currently on a marine biology trip in the Florida Keys and in a few days will have the opportunity of taking a ride on an airboat in the Everglades. Her father is worried that she'll be too close to the motor of the boat and it will somehow affect her pacer. My main concern is her falling off the boat, as I don't worry about the pacer at all. Just so you know, we are no longer married. All kidding aside, I wanted to get some insight from those of you that may know a thing or two about airboats and pacemakers. Thanks in advance!

Posted by Gail4 on 2014-03-23 20:38. 3 comments. 200 reads
 
Hello,
I have not posted in a long time because everything has been going well. Glad to hear many of you are doing well, but sorry for those who are having complications.
I had my second pacemaker implanted 12/10. It was done by a different dr, and I swear this must have been his first implant! It was very swollen and uncomfortable for several weeks. It finally seemed to settle in but never seemed "right." About a year ago it noticeably started to migrate toward the underarm area. I showed it to my cardiologist, my GP, and to the tech who does the interrogations. They all advised that I leave it alone. It would be OK. That each time it is opened up there is a chance for infection etc which I know and understand. However, ...


Posted by titanium12 on 2014-03-20 21:41. 7 comments. 136 reads
 
Hi, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with having balloon venoplasty or angioplasty with PM leads in same site? If so I would be very grateful to hear all.
I have problems with subclavian that aren't rectifiable by alternative means and highly symptomatic.
Thank you in advance.

Titanium girl

Posted by katz on 2014-03-18 17:27. 6 comments. 149 reads
 
Hi, in 44 & had a duel PM 4 months ago, i have had a sore keloid scar since its red and bumpy also iv always been concerned as my PM has always stuck out esp when lying down, went to the doctors today and he wants me to go and see the cardiologist so he can take a look at it as he thinks it may be migrating !! I am really worried as iv been ill since my pm surgery with bad anxiety etc i am having treatment, in worried i will have to have surgery to re-position pm i don't think i could handle it again, in just hoping that wont be needed. Anyone else who can advice/help i would really appreciate it. thanks a lot. Kat

Posted by Esmith on 2014-03-14 20:23. 4 comments. 135 reads
 
I received a new generator and lead about two years ago when one of my leads fractured. This week I started to get an intermittent muscle twitch in my chest kind of on the top inside of my left breast. It is starting to occur more frequently. After having a lead fail I am extremely paranoid of more problems. Can anyone tell me if I should be worried about this twitch in regards to my pacer?

Posted by jimkirschvink on 2014-03-13 00:19. 10 comments. 289 reads
 
Has anyone had afib and stopped ALL alcoholic beverages and noticed a significant change in your heart rhythm ? I'm going in for an ablation the end of the month. I drink about two beverages a day.

Thanks!

Posted by wdrsam on 2014-03-11 05:45. 3 comments. 170 reads
 
MY MOM HAD A PACEMAKER PUT IN ABOUT 5 MONTHS AGO. WE WERE OUT SIDE MOST OF THE DAY RACKING AND BURNING LEAVES. WHEN SHE WENT TO BED SHE HAD TO GET BACK UP DUE TO FEELING JITTERY, SHE GOT UP AND TOOK HER BLOOD PRESSURE AND IT WAS UP AND IT SHOWED HER HEART WAS/HAD BEEN OUT OF RHYTHM . HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD ANY PROBLEMS LIKE THESE. THANKS & GOD BLESS,
WANDA

Posted by beckyjo on 2014-03-10 02:51. 0 comments. 89 reads
 
Its been almost a yr since i had my pm placed. It feels badly bruised. Itches around the sight. It feels like its stabbing me. I feel it when it goes off everytime. I also have nerve damage on the side were i had it implanted that is my arm n leg. Nowim beeing sent wed. For an eeg. Due to this wht do i do? Im helpless right now. I cant work without feeling like im gonna passout or just cant keep movin without falling over. Im on 6 different medicines. I need disability. Im scared idk wht to do. Will i qualify for it???

Posted by Haleydl on 2014-03-09 20:44. 2 comments. 225 reads
 
Hi all. My mom recently had a pacemaker out in and has been hearing opera music off and on ever since. Has anyone else ever experienced this?

Posted by golden0072 on 2014-03-08 18:39. 5 comments. 326 reads
 
Hi,

I am very grateful for this forum. I wish I could have contributed more, but I haven't had much time to myself lately. I have a quick question.

I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted in early December. Initially, I had some complications with my incision, i.e. the stitches fell out on one end, and the knot on the other end had to be removed. I thought that the incision had finally healed and haven't given my pacemaker much thought. Two days ago, I started experiencing pain in the incision site. Periodically, I get a sensation like a pin or needle is piercing the area around the incision. I was curious, so I looked at the incision site, and I noticed a small red bump.

Upon closer scrutiny,...


Posted by fender on 2014-03-08 06:48. 5 comments. 205 reads
 
Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone has a similar problem, i have sick sinus syndrome. dual pacemaker. have had an ablation for atrial flutter which was a success ,but then got afib really bad, went for a pvi but a blood clot was dicovered in the left atrium,went back three months later, blood clot had dissolved and pvi was done 31st oct.2013 ,but seem to have more trouble more afib ,severe chest pain, even when in sinus rythym heart feels as if its going to bounce through my chest ,cardioligist says everythings okay, yhat im getting ectopic beats but its been over 4 months and i am still suffering, i take sotalol 120mg morning and afternoon ,160 mg at night ,doesnt seem to be doing anything.Any ideas, cheers Fender.....


Posted by Rosie on 2014-03-07 06:38. 2 comments. 182 reads
 
Hi..! Am 35 years old and have had my pacemaker for just over 8 years and have no problems really but the last couple of weeks a haven't been feeling to good been very tired and getting a lot of palpations and chest discomfort I have been to see my GP and they have said that it sounds like the left side of my heart is struggling a wee bit! I was just wondering if there was any1 out there have maybe had the same problems in the past? Am hoping that it's just my pacemaker needing replaced and not anything else going on with my heart!.

Posted by sappy35 on 2014-03-06 23:12. 3 comments. 141 reads
 
Ok so i have a clot now which i am being treated with blood thinners but heres my question. I guess i grew new veins due to the one being blocked and i hate them, their all over the shouldet and chest on the side of pacemaker, saw the doc today and stated that once my vein clears that those veins should go away. Has anybody else had this happen and if so did urs disappear with time? I know this sounds silly but the appearnce of them really bother me.

Posted by dsgatti on 2014-03-05 19:09. 2 comments. 244 reads
 
It's been a while since I have been on site.
I am 64 years old in pretty good health considering
My pacemaker history: 20 years 100% paced on my fourth pacer
I have had 6 ablations for afib/flutter
After each ablation I would be OK (in sinus rhythm) for up to one year but each time Afib - Aflutter would come back.
I am done with ablations. I figure there is not much left of my upper chambers as I have been burned as high as 90 times during these procedures.
I am back in flutter right now and with that comes a lot of anxiety. I mean panic attack anxiety. I feel alone and ashamed that I cannot control my emotions. I am not sure what to do. I just went through 2 days of hell.
I do take Xanax .25 mg once a ...


Posted by sportygirl on 2014-03-05 14:57. 6 comments. 190 reads
 
Hi Everyone
It has been 7 months since having my dual pace maker. I have frozen shoulder as a result from my last fall to the surgery. I did a lot of damage with no time to heal, hair line fracture to my sternum to severe whiplash and jaw injury to name just a few.
Please don't get me wrong l am grateful, but l feeling so down. I can not lift nor even reach for something for l can not put my arm out straight. Been to many Doctors and they all say the same thing, frozen shoulder and you'll have to wait it out. I do physiotherapy when l can afford it, for insurance ran out. Can anyone please tell me if they have experienced this. how long did it last? How did you cope? I am not doing well, I am getting more depressed as the days go...


Posted by millerlana on 2014-03-04 13:13. 1 comments. 191 reads
 
I got my pacemaker in late December 2013 and am having residual throat problems. When I woke up after routine placement surgery I couldn't take a deep breath and swallowing was difficult. No anesthesia was used so I couldn't figure out what was going on. It slowly improved somewhat over the next weeks, but since then my throat has alternately felt "mushy."

I finally went to the ENT after weeks of pain in my trachea worsening with deep breaths or bending over. He seemed reluctant to relate it to the pacemaker insertion and suggested reflux or that allergies had caused my muscles to overwork in my throat. He used a scope to look down my throat and determined that my voice box and vocal cords are swollen. He sent me home wi...


Posted by 1977Scout on 2014-03-04 12:57. 5 comments. 292 reads
 
I was out in the desert this last weekend, and all of a sudden, I got a bunch of "flutters" and then a couple of real BIG heart thumps. I got light headed also. Got real scared, enough to call my wife to come out a 100+ miles to pick me up. I went to emergency, they put a monitor on, did a EKG, that showed tthese "bigeminies". I stayed in the hospital for two days so they could determine what the cause could be. Very scary.

Any input would be appreciated.

Posted by ginc on 2014-03-04 00:11. 1 comments. 123 reads
 
My mom has had her pacemaker for a couple of years now. A couple of days ago suddenly doesn't "feel well". Weak, seems confused, says she's in severe pain. Is in hospital now, all blood tests and xrays are normal. Can this be related to her pacemaker? Just wondering what any of you think.



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