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Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-06-22 12:00. 1 comments. 186 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. 174 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. 161 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. 173 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. 134 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. 174 reads
 
Can someone send me a message.... ;-)


Posted by newbie on 2014-06-20 06:07. 0 comments. 105 reads
 
I am the one in pain

Posted by Geriatrick on 2014-06-19 21:19. 3 comments. 104 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. 90 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. 123 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. 135 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. 231 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. 277 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. 337 reads
 
My husband's pacemaker became infected and is now coming out of his chest, his doctors don't know what to do,

Posted by brenthopkins on 2014-06-05 01:07. 2 comments. 135 reads
 
recent pm...2 wks ago. always b/p in 100/60 range, now 140/90 range. would like to avoid meds and would like to get more active. anyone have negative experience with too much exercise too soon? normally very active 62 yo. already a lot of long walks a few runs. anyone have elevation in b/p post pm? thanks..brent

Posted by Dan1969 on 2014-06-04 12:56. 2 comments. 238 reads
 
I had a Pacer put in November of 2013. Everything seem fine until recently. I had a little trouble doing real strenuous things. No pain just a strange feeling. My Heart Doc had me do a chemical stress test and it has been determined that my Ejection Fraction went from 55 which is ideal to 40 after the pm which is low. Has anyone ever heard of this? Is it coincidence?
Dan

Posted by snowwhite on 2014-06-02 16:55. 4 comments. 189 reads
 
Has anyone else experienced needle like sensations at the pacemaker implant site? Mine feels dozens of pins stabbing me. I called the cardio office and talked to them and they told me they have never had anyone with those symptoms. They only happen at work because there is a furnace/generator room by my work area and my employer is remodeling and they leave the door open all the time. I can get away from it most of the time, but when I can't the needles start again. Docs office doesn't seem concerned but I am wondering if this is causing damage besides being annoyingly painful.
Anybody have any thoughts?

Posted by SRL on 2014-05-26 23:41. 1 comments. 238 reads
 
I had my pacemaker placed in 2008. I had hyper thyroid and it did damage to my heart. I had fast and slow heart rates and they had to place my pacemaker and then two days later I had radiation for my thyroid. The radiation was suppose to eliminate the fast heart rate. And it did for many years. In the past 2 years I have been having this feeling of fluttering of the heart and my heart feels like it racing fast followed with shortness of breath. It only lasts for a few seconds to minutes then passes. They have ran numerous test which all come back normal. I recently had a 30 day monitor and Dr said the first week I had some fast heart and he doubled my atenelol. I went last week for rest of results and Dr said u when i was feeling episodes ...


Posted by JoeE on 2014-05-25 15:24. 3 comments. 315 reads
 
I'm a 53 YO male, REAL go getter, A type Big time nothing stops me or gets in my way, if I get down (mentally) its only for a day. I have COPD chronic bronchitis, with coughing fits even when no bronchitis present. Nevertheless, went to Dr. for getting dizzy, when driving or resting, to the point Id pull over to the side till it passed, Like suddenly drunk at times then tired for the rest of the day, but never had any chest pains, Thought problem was my lungs, not enough oxygen. Wore a mod. for a month, W. Mod on I passed out once checking pulse at neck before I knew about nerve. Im told Sensitive nerve in my neck. And heart paused 3 times during coughing fit (5, 3, and 2 Sec). Ordered to get PM or forfeit my Drivers License. I had a dual ...


Posted by LadyG on 2014-05-24 08:09. 2 comments. 241 reads
 
Hi

It's been a couple of weeks since my last message as I have been back in hospital - my first op for SSS was in the 28th April inserting two leads - the long lead moved within two days and I had to be operated on for a second time I was discharge from hospital but didn't feel quite right so I rang the clinic and made arrangements to go back to the clinic the next day only to find the same lead had moved again this, according to my consultant was extremely rare needless to say I had to go back into hospital for yet another op which was deemed a success and I was discharged Friday [yesterday] since I have been back home I seem to be experiencing flutters and I am so afraid it has happened again

Any words of consola...




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