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Posted by JSWG on 2016-02-17 18:18. 0 comments. 117 reads
 
Thank you all for your comments. The magneto on the tractor I was using is right at my feet so it is close. It may be possible that it caused the problem or the bouncing is very probable. I've been checked out (stress-echo tests etc) so... We'll see. Everything checks out. I'll be finishing the field with a diesel tractor and still bouncing but with no magneto and we'll see if the same thing happens. Thanks again for your comments.

Posted by ER on 2016-02-15 03:53. 4 comments. 242 reads
 
My husband had a pacemaker put in in October 2015. The dermatologist has found a basal cell carcinoma on his left clavicle above his pacemaker. Is there any danger to the pacemaker in having the skin cancer removed? It is in such close proximity to the pacemaker. Thank you so much.

Posted by lisa123 on 2016-02-15 03:35. 1 comments. 173 reads
 
I have no idea where to post this because it sounds so strange, but have been getting sharp electrical type feeling of my pacemaker, but it's high up in my neck, on the left hand side. Has anyone else experienced this? My heart rate seems normal, around 66bpm, and nothing else untoward. Have been feeling a bit of weakness lately but very hard to pin down what symptoms are from what. What do you think? Any info would be most appreciated just so I don't freak myself out. Cheers

Posted by JSWG on 2016-02-15 02:24. 5 comments. 307 reads
 
Just for anyone's information: I recently had a pacemaker implanted (Oct '15) and had not driven my 1951 John Deere tractor which I use for light duty work since I restored it a few years ago. I spent all morning this morning harrowing one of my hay fields. I felt some mild pain in my chest which I dismissed as muscle pain since it's a rough ride and I have to turn around a lot while driving to watch the harrow.
When I came in for lunch I felt a very irregular heartbeat and felt light headed. The pacemaker was obviously not working properly.
Well...I never thought that the tractor has a magneto ignition and that might cause some interference. After about 1/2 hour all the symptoms disappeared. So... I guess I won't be drivin...


Posted by corkie1 on 2016-02-12 23:51. 2 comments. 389 reads
 
Hello, this is my first pacemaker. I have had it in for six months. It took me a while to get over the surgery (three months) with weakness, tiredness and could hardly walk. I was very high functioning before the surgery with seniors exercises four times a week, power walking, and lots of activity etc.
Now since pacemaker insertion I am having trouble walking long distances such as a couple of miles. When I over-do working around the house, walking too far etc my pacemaker throbs, is sore. When I sit down to rest I get thumbing big atrial beats, sharp pains in my heart area.
Can anyone tell me if there is anything that can be done about this. I have been back to my GP and cardiologist several times, have had all the tests...


Posted by GregH on 2016-02-10 16:05. 1 comments. 255 reads
 
It has been nearly 3 months since I had my pm installed. I noticed when I or someone brushes up against my pacemaker I get this sudden slight discomfort in my heart area. It is hard to describe this feeling and only last a few seconds. I also notice this when ever I sleep on the side of my pacemaker. If someone knows what this might be I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you,
Greg


Posted by lady4law on 2016-02-05 17:50. 0 comments. 305 reads
 
I have had my PM for about 10 years, but it's been moved 2 times, left to right side of chest -then back - right to left, due to Breast cancer. Shortly after my 2nd relocation, it was removed and replaced (along with the lead (wires) in my heart) with a MRI compatible PM. However shortly after that surgery I was involved in a car accident and my cardiologist called Medtronic and they recommended I NOT have the MRI as the new PM was having issues when patient went under the MRI machine.
Over the last year, about 12 months after the surgery, I have developed unbelievable pain in and around the area of the PM, including my ribs and shoulder. I am being scheduled for a PET scan to check for breast cancer mets, but my oncologist thinks, ...


Posted by memme on 2016-02-04 14:20. 5 comments. 293 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implant summer 2015 (with adjustment in October 2015), including a defibulator and a synchronizer. The last 2, 3 months I noticed my blood pressure on the rise. I have been taking lisinopril to regulate my BP for several years, but now it doesn't seem effective. The upper number bounces around 160-200, and the lower number is mid 90's. Any suggestions or explanations?

Posted by cam on 2016-02-04 02:00. 2 comments. 558 reads
 
I had a blackout on October 28th 2015, my 23rd birthday and the worst birthday ever!! I have only ever fainted twice in my entire life. Once two years ago when they discovered I had an irregular ECG and the second on my birthday. Other than on these two occasions I felt perfectly fine and had no health problems what so ever, growing up I had a good immune system too. Following my second blackout that I've ever had I was admitted to hospital due to having a very low heart rate and low Bp.. Little did I know that I was going to be told I couldn't leave the hospital without a pacemaker! This was the ultimate shock of a lifetime for me, you never think it's going to be you but when it is you want the floor to swallow you up and never bring yo...


Posted by my4turtles on 2016-02-02 02:56. 6 comments. 825 reads
 
The last several months I have told my Heart Dr and pacemaker clinic I'm having chest pains and AFib.. They tell me to either come in to the pacemaker clinic or Transmit .. Same old story, oh everything looks good , nothing is showing up". . I have been telling them I know what I'm feeling but what can you say or do when they have a computer right in front of them .. It makes me look like a crazy Person.. Finally I was able to capture some AFib episodes on live AliveECG app and scanner on my phone the Dr had me get and I sent them to him.. He agreed I'm having Afib, and had me go into the pacemaker clinic.. As soon as I sat down it started up and they tell me ' oh everything looks great" no need to worry.. That's when I pulled up my app a...


Posted by Lindermae on 2016-02-02 01:49. 1 comments. 212 reads
 
Hello All, I was admitted to the hospital in February 2015 with v-tach. After all the testing, no cause has been determined. I had a Boston Scientific ICD placed and I take 75 mg. of metoprolol per day. Since around April I started getting shortness of breath on mild exertion. It has since gotten much worse, it can happen with no exertion. After many more tests, the doctors can see that my oxygen sat is tanking, but again no cause has been found. I was wondering if anyone in the community here has experienced this or knows someone who has similar issues. Thanks!

Posted by rwja@comcast.net on 2016-01-31 19:53. 1 comments. 261 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker since Dec. 2013. I just wanted to ask if anyone on here ever get sicks, tired, weak, upset stomach since you have had your pacemaker put in ? Thank you

Posted by Tadpole on 2016-01-31 13:04. 8 comments. 310 reads
 
Has anyone worn a device that truly limits arm movement so the elbow won't go above the shoulder? To be clear, a sling does not limit movement of the elbow above the shoulder. I made a device that hooks to my belt and works pretty well. Has anybody done a similar thing? If such a device were available on the market, would you buy it and use it to avoid lead displacement?

Posted by ab1016 on 2016-01-29 01:46. 3 comments. 260 reads
 
Hi again, will 2 Weeks since pm in and still in pain and pm area very swollen, had bandage off today and nurse didn't seem concerned, but looking at it, it is very swollen, is this normal, also at doctors my pulse was 36 doctor adjusted pm higher and made sure leads didn't come off, he said my heart has an extra beat that is not being picked up by pulse reader, sounds weird to me, but my monitor should be in soon so hope that will make me feel more at ease. Just feel lousy tonight, this is going to take some getting use to I guess.

Posted by my4turtles on 2016-01-28 17:55. 2 comments. 310 reads
 
Hi everyone, short history .. I'm on my 3rd pacemaker BIV many ablations AV node and Sinus as they keep growing back. I started having issues again with near passing out a couple weeks again as well as the last couple month I'm having symptoms of A Fib .. I think once you have been dealing with this crap long ENOUTH you know. My Doctor had me get a Alive ECG monitor for my phone so I can take EKG readings. I have sent them to my Doctor and he agrees I'm having AFIB..
He said he was going to get me into the pacemaker clinic as when I transmit from home the clinic always tells me that nothing will shows up on transmitals which he says is weird .. I have been transmitting the last couple months every time this is happening .. I'm so Fr...


Posted by restll@aol.com on 2016-01-25 16:26. 6 comments. 396 reads
 
The reason I found out I needed a pacemaker was I was very tired all the time, and short of breath if I did anything above sitting at computer, also lots of dizzy spells. I had a pacemaker surgery due to slow heart beats of 41 a minute and heart stopped beating for 3.7 seconds. This was 12/16/2015 and the pacemaker protrudes and all over aching, and frequent sharp pains in chest. I have a friend that has just had one inserted in Aug and you cannot see or feel hers and she is having no problems (other than once in awhile a tiny shock)
Does this indicate that the pacemaker has moved out of the pocket and is the pains telling me something is really wrong.
thank you
Rebecca

Posted by cheesedoffjock on 2016-01-23 14:37. 5 comments. 393 reads
 
Hi Everyone

I wonder if anyone can help. I'm actually messaging on behalf of my ex husband, bizarrely, but he's in his 70s, in hospital and doesn't have anyone to fight his corner, if indeed it needs fighting.

He suffered a cardiac arrest in December. Was admitted and had a pacemaker fitted. Then on Christmas Eve he was back in with a stroke. Apparently he should have been prescribed warfarin, but wasn't. He is still in hospital. He was transferred to a rehab unit but is now back in the main infirmary because the leads to his pacemaker - only fitted a month ago - are loose.

I have no experience about this, but it seems a bit of a fiasco. I'm going to find out a bit more and see what the complaints pr...


Posted by Ayan on 2016-01-23 08:44. 2 comments. 228 reads
 
My mother has right bundle heart entirely blocked pacemaker was implanted back in 2011 the battery of the pacemaker was checked few days back doctor said that its ok and will go for another year but my mother is still faceing a lot of issues like she is not able to walk longer distance and not able to walk the stairs as when ever she does that her head spins so much that she is barely able to stand and her preassure jumps to sys mmhg 220 and DIA mmHg 87 with detection of hypertension pulse is 59 or 60 /min we're in this cold weather she is having to take a bath. Please help


Posted by judyo on 2016-01-22 08:27. 3 comments. 255 reads
 
hi. i just found this site ---and have a question. i have a st. jude pacemaker for about a month, and have the merlin@home transmitter in our bedroom. this is weird: i read a lot, and do so in the bedroom, and when i am in there i get terrible cramps in my hands, legs.

when i leave the bedroom, no cramps.

i wonder if there is any connection between the cramps and the transmitter? does anyone else who uses the transmitter have a similar side effect? or could it be the pacemaker? or could it have nothing at all to do with either of those?

thanks in advance.

Posted by ccryer42 on 2016-01-20 14:14. 3 comments. 301 reads
 
its been a month since I had my pacemaker put in place.. however for the last few days I have been having heart palpitations for some reason.. I called my cardiologist and he want me to come in at 2:30 this afternoon for a interrogation of my pacemaker...



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