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Posted by foxy on 2014-07-02 18:50. 4 comments. 174 reads
 
Hello everyone, I have a challenge. I have had my PM now for 13 weeks, and I thought that I was going well.
Now I've noticed over the passed week or so that I have becomes overly sensitive to cellphones, laptops cordless phones any thing you can think possible. I have also been feeling like electric shocks in my fingers. and a burning heavy sensation in my chest. I had the PM checked yesterday and the tech said that it was working well. I have to travel for work soon, and most flights have wifi. Its all really uncomfortable. Any ideas on what to do next. I'm suffering. Foxy.

Posted by johnlawst on 2014-06-29 16:05. 2 comments. 168 reads
 
i am 67 yo and have medicare and a secondary insurance policy. On very short notice in the er a great doc put in a pacemaker that got infected day 3.
we, me and the doc, about taking this out and relocating a new one to the right side after dealing with the infection.'

Who pays for this second attempt??? What have others done?

thanks for advice in advance

john

Posted by Pfisher@0013 on 2014-06-28 04:30. 5 comments. 155 reads
 
Is there anyone who has experienced almost constant irritation around and under their pacemaker - stinging sensation would be the best way to describe it. My cardiologist has never had anyone report stinging or burning sensations before (despite having performed 100s of implants - so I am told). The best advise I have been offered is paracetamol/codine for a month or consider anti-aniety mediation.

Posted by 2for1 on 2014-06-27 22:32. 3 comments. 224 reads
 
Could people please comment on their experiences with
getting an "upgrade" to their pacemaker from 2 leads to 3?

I had a 2 lead PM installed in Oct 2013 for 2-1 AV heart block.
I have felt very unhealthy since. 9 months later I finally got some tests. My latest test (nuclear stress test) and echo show that my left ventricle -- previously functioning PERFECTLY -- is now "akinetic" and its injection fraction is reduced by 25%. The "solution" proposed is to now add a 3rd lead.

Has anyone else been through this?? My card. calls this an "upgrade". Should I go through with yet another operation?
Will it help?

If I had it to do over again I would never have gotten the PM to start out with.

Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-06-26 22:28. 3 comments. 206 reads
 
hi i have pacemaker inflant dual chaimber on april 2014 up to present.. and im not compatible with it i have fear and anciety from morning till night....i cant sleep early@ night..
there is posible to release the device on my body and go back to normal life

Posted by Hope on 2014-06-25 17:13. 4 comments. 221 reads
 
Hi, I'm new. Is there a reporting site to look to see if others with the same model pacemaker are having way too many issues?
Thank you.

Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-06-22 12:00. 1 comments. 158 reads
 
Have not posted for a while:

My History:
43ys old, no prior health problems, no medications
3rd Degree Heart Block
Pacemaker installed on 10/22/2013
shoulder/neck swelling and pain since the procedure
have been in PT and that has gotten a little better, still puffy
6/18/2014--rushed to the ER with a myocarditis--they dianosed this from a blood enzyme test and my tiponin levels were very high. Spent 3 days in the hospital and was put on Toprol and sent home--I have palpatations now and very light headed. They ran several blood tests to see what is causing this virus--ANY SUGGESTIONS? I go to the doctors this week to be evaluated and filled in on the blood tests results--so far I do not have ...


Posted by annie21 on 2014-06-21 15:50. 5 comments. 155 reads
 
any advise or info, for the last couple days be feeling really tired not doing any thing different , lips quite blue, pulse 63 after talking stairs which is unusal for me, normal much higher, oxgen level 99 so no problem there, anyone else had this, on my second pm. should i bother clinic?

Posted by judyblue on 2014-06-21 10:22. 6 comments. 145 reads
 
I guess I helped our website managers with a problem they did know existed. I started losing my access to this site. I since changed my username ( I was just plain "judy") now I am judyblue. That is my name for my motorcycle. So this is a test. I am hoping I can now receive private messages and have my profile stop saying I was born in 1870! As cranky as I am, I cannot lose the only site that puts up with me!
judy

Posted by kermiehiho on 2014-06-20 23:08. 2 comments. 147 reads
 
Those of you who have had an infection in your pacemaker some time after the incision was all healed, can you share what your symptoms were? I have been having unusually frequent pain recently around the pacemaker. The technician interrogated the device and said there's nothing wrong with the pacemaker, so my cardiologist ordered some blood cultures done.

Posted by georgeazarmitchell on 2014-06-20 11:41. 1 comments. 108 reads
 
I had a defi\b/pacemaker device implanted the end of march this year .immediately after being discharged from the hospital in Brunswick ,Ga. {we were on vacation }, I was suffering from extreme pain in the lower part of my heart area .the Dr.Mark Watkins who did the surgery said it was post-op pain . I continued to suffer for about a week then went to a local hospital in Atlanta to have my device checked .They found that the shock lead was not operating .It had penetrated the wall of my heart ! This was causing my pain ! A second surgery corrected this problem .My point here is Drs. do screw up ,so if you have any pain get it checked out !!!!! Hope this helps someone .
meone .

Posted by newbie on 2014-06-20 07:51. 2 comments. 159 reads
 
Can someone send me a message.... ;-)


Posted by newbie on 2014-06-20 06:07. 0 comments. 92 reads
 
I am the one in pain

Posted by Geriatrick on 2014-06-19 21:19. 3 comments. 93 reads
 
I posted earlier. The tweaking of the PM lasts one day,then i am miserable again. DR says we need to do a Nuclear Test and
see what is going on. Iam supposed to call Monday. I will tomorrow, Friday. I may need a Stent!
The regular stress tests were passed with. Flying colors. There is a 15% error rate. The Nuclear test is more accurate.

I would appreciate any comments.
Thanks

Jerry

Posted by vattens1 on 2014-06-19 02:55. 2 comments. 77 reads
 
Hi another newbie had my pc inserted 29th may 14. Due to slow heat rate at rest 35. All ok just a bit sore. My left arm goes Blue when I use it, anyone else have this also an really painful found out its a clot. Told it would go away itself to go home on pain med 6 I have a medtronic the one you can have mri with. Thank you

Posted by magunna51 on 2014-06-16 05:58. 3 comments. 111 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I've been reading about nausea under the search section, there's a lot. I am 2 months s/p PM. I am having nausea upon wakening, enough so that eating in AM (4AM) is difficult, which I need to do because I won't get a chance to eat til 1 or 2PM. I did not have nausea before PM or after. This has been going on for about 2 weeks. I have no dizziness, sweating or pain. I also have not had any med changes. I do have medication for the nausea, which works but it's adding another medication. Any ideas. Has this happened to anyone else? Thanks

Posted by Jeanie0506 on 2014-06-16 03:51. 2 comments. 121 reads
 
I have chronic atrial fibrillation, a mechanical mitral valve, and an EF of 19-24. I"m scheduled to get a pacemaker defibrillator in two weeks. I'm about to change my mind about the defibrillator. Will the defibrillator shock me every time I go into AF. Does the pace maker shock also?

Posted by kermiehiho on 2014-06-14 00:59. 3 comments. 202 reads
 
Hi,
I have had my pacemaker since 2010. I had heart block during hospitalization after being hit by a car. No other heart issues prior to that incident. I had pretty much adjusted to having a pacemaker, but since yesterday, I have been experiencing discomfort/pain in my left pectoral (the side that the pacemaker is on) when I exert some force with my left arm. For example, last night I was scrubbing a pot with my right hand and bracing the pot with my left. That made my pacemaker site twinge uncomfortably. I was hoping it would go away, but today it is still there when I lift things, pull things, etc., with my left hand. Is this a sign of something serious, or just a passing phase? I have a volleyball tournament tomorrow, and ...


Posted by hrgal on 2014-06-11 22:38. 5 comments. 264 reads
 
I know this may be a morbid question but what does my family do with my unit when I pass away which may be soon. The device says "Property of Medtronic" but can this almost new device be given to someone else with a Pacemaker ? Must it be a Medtronic Pacemaker ? I am not talking about ANY exchange of money-only making life with a PM a little easier to handle for someone who finds it difficult to get out to appointments in Midwest Winters. Using this device gives the user freedom-. ie less Dr. visits in person. I know others can get the Phone In Monitor Device --but seems like a waste. Of course the Dr, would know. Can something like this be done. Just wondering what to tell the family.

Posted by teesut on 2014-06-08 01:13. 7 comments. 314 reads
 
My husband's pacemaker became infected and is now coming out of his chest, his doctors don't know what to do,



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