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Posted by Mojo on 2014-07-10 22:12. 8 comments. 230 reads
 
Hi everyone. I haven't been on for awhile as things were going so good. No asthma issues since March, exercising regularly, but very overweight no matter what I do or eat... I'm a 60 yr. old female, PM implanted 6/13. I have been having terrible joint pain, extreme fatigue, itchy skin and head, some hair loss. Went to family doc who tested me for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue diseases, and Vitamin D count. No connective tissue type diseases, thankfully, but I have an extremely low Vitamin D count (<25.0 - normal range 30.0-100.0). The doc ordered Vitamin D 50,000 IU D2. I'm so afraid to take one (I have to take one, once a week for 10 weeks) because today, on the advice of my doctor, I took a probiotic digestive sup...


Posted by georgeazarmitchell on 2014-07-09 10:45. 14 comments. 309 reads
 
What's the difference ? Having to have a second operation to successfully correct a botched first one ,I have done a lot of research since then .My first implant was done by a cardiologist not an electrophysiologist !! The shock lead had penetrated the wall of my heart and the operation had to be done a second time ,this time by an electrophysiologist .The second time it was done correctly !! I had much pain because of the first botched operation .Let me tell you that some cardiologists take a week-end course provided by the icd/pacemaker companies ,sometimes the companies provide a large truck with a mock operating room and the doctors receive their week-end training there !! While an electrophsiologist spends years training under the s...


Posted by tandpman on 2014-07-08 08:49. 3 comments. 142 reads
 
I'm new to this PM thing (2 weeks) and yesterday we noticed my pm appeared to be slipping out of position. Kinda painful, too. Should I be concerned? BTW, I have a St. Jude PM 2110 dual lead.

Posted by hhorriat on 2014-07-05 15:21. 3 comments. 176 reads
 
hi everyone
i have aquestion . my mom is 86 ,6 weeks ago she fell and had broken ribs, she also got pacemaker in hospital. she is in rehab now. i noticed when she sits for 20 minutes her left foot up to toes turn blue. we let the nurse know so they will do ulterosound in 2 days . is this something to worry about ?

Posted by Mod on 2014-07-05 02:43. 3 comments. 215 reads
 
PM put in last Sat. Yesterday and today when left arm is down it starts to throb and turns kind of purple along with the hand and fingers??? Hand and arm ache. Any thoughts?

Posted by reeno on 2014-07-05 02:35. 3 comments. 179 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker put in last week. It was pm with defibrillator. I am having second surgery next week to put in second wire thru the ribs to the outside of left ventricle. They could not attach thru the heart. I am experiencing crippling fear this time. Anyone had this surgery? Coping with the fear?

Posted by benwhen on 2014-07-03 17:00. 2 comments. 206 reads
 
Hello, I received my pacemaker 3/2014. It was recommended because I could not get my heart rate up during exercise. And a few times I would be light headed after spinning class. I am 62 years old. I noticed about 2-3 weeks ago my pacemaker seemed to stick out more and on the side of the pocket the skin was thining. Touching the thin skin you could feel fluid. It does not hurt and there is no redding or discharge. And I have no fever. I went to the cardiologist and he wants to open it up and by looking at it, he would determine if it was infected. If infected he would remove the pacemaker and the leads and then replace a new one on the other chest side. I have a dual chamber boston scientific. I use the pacemaker 38% of the time in ...


Posted by momOwens on 2014-07-03 03:22. 2 comments. 129 reads
 
My 23 yr old son had to get a pacemaker 2 months ago. It was placed under his pec muscle, but continues to give him a considerable amount of pain. He can't jump or run without it feeling like its bouncing around and hurting. Has anyone else who had it implanted under the muscle experienced this? He was a college basketball player and very fit, so this is an issue for him. Would appreciate any feedback that might help us. We have a follow up doctor appointment in a month.

Posted by foxy on 2014-07-02 18:50. 4 comments. 181 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. 170 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. 161 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. 230 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. 213 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. 225 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. 164 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. 161 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. 150 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. 150 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. 112 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. 161 reads
 
Can someone send me a message.... ;-)




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