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Posted by shirley d on 2014-01-24 09:11. 1 comments. 159 reads
 
Touching base with the experienced
As per previous post I had a shoulder op in July 2013, disaster ever since. Frequent but unpredictable "convulsions" with dormant periods in-between.
"Convulsion" now calling them "rigors" as they appear to be fever related landed me in hospital on Sunday. Have spent the whole week having tests etc while culturing bloods. Cant find the site of the infection which turns out to be the above staphylococcus epidermidis.
Of course now the pacemaker is suspect.
There is also evidence of small clots in the lungs. The Physician speculates that these cause abscesses which lead to the fever and rigors.
The cardio is resisting removal of the PM which is what the Physician is recommending.

Posted by deshkadon on 2014-01-21 20:26. 7 comments. 228 reads
 
Hi Boys and Girls!! Don in Willow Alaska, Home of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race here! I'm new to the site ..So have mercy, Im a persistant Afib guy.I had a pacemaker installed last summer after about 5 yrs of every nasty medicine out there, 4 Ablations,,I was Bumpn along pretty good then The racing heart came back,My Doc decided it was time for a Av Node Ablation,That did pretty good for about three months..Now apparently the "Flutter " is back....My Question is Whats next?
I'd appreciate some imput!

Thanks
The "Deshkadude


Posted by PaceMaker4747 on 2014-01-20 14:36. 2 comments. 326 reads
 
Hello All,

I know this has been a topic in the past but wanted to hear if anyone else has had any issues. I have a 2013 Altima with push start button for the ignition. I had my pm implanted on June 19, 2013 and have had this car ever since. I have not had any issues until now, my car won't start randomly and says "incorrect key id" and doesn't unlock or lock at times from the remote. I took the car to Nissan and they can't find anything wrong and starts up fine for them. This car only seems to do this when I attempt to start it, the instruction manual does warn against pm's. Has anyone had any issues with this specific car or other vehicles with push button ignitions? Any insight would be appreciated, thanks

Posted by dean20 on 2014-01-20 13:07. 3 comments. 251 reads
 
Hi all,

Two weeks post op 18/12/13, i had to dive (baywatch style) off a 2 meter high pool fountain to save my 2 1/2 year old daughter from drowning. She is fine, swimming lessons paid off.

What i would like to know is what are the symptoms of a lead coming loose. I have a home blood pressure machine that confirms i am still pacing at 60bpm. I have a Meditronic Advisa DR. I dont have any pain over incision or sub pec implant but do have intermittent tolerable pain in heart.

Is this pain normal healing pain or should i be worried.

Posted by BillRussell on 2014-01-19 23:57. 12 comments. 410 reads
 
I have posted a few times about my dear husband's pacemaker insertion on January 3, 2014. I will not repeat all the previous details, but it has been a very scary and bumpy road thus far. The most frightening one occurred about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning when he awakened me with pain in his chest plus a squeezing sensation. I had been watching him closely for signs of a rise in blood pressure above 180/80 to 90 with rise in temperature and signs that his DVT in the PM side arm had gone to his lungs. His blood pressure had risen and his pain was increasing with shortness of breath. I called 911, an ambulance arrived in less than 5 minutes (excellent work), and they began to examine him and whisked him away very quickly. I could not...


Posted by phil on 2014-01-17 22:46. 1 comments. 113 reads
 
Has anyone ever had their pacemaker with defibillator migrate up in the chest vs down? My husband's was implanted on Dec 20th 2013 - he is 44 yrs old with cardiomyopothy . We returned to the hospital where it was implanted on Jan 13/14 - they will move it due to the fact that it is hitting a nerve and sitting directly on his collar bone...extremely painful for him...we have no surgury date as of yet.
Thank you in advance to all could help us....we are "newbies" and haven't any expectations at all after all the conflicting/confusing information we have recieved.

Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-01-17 18:01. 5 comments. 246 reads
 
I am 43 yrs old and I had my pace maker on Oct 22, 2013 for 3rd degree heart block--nothing else was wrong with the heart. I am suffering with frozen shoulder, which I am in therapy for and it is loosing up for me, but I still have the fuzzy head feeling and lack of focus and not wanting to do too much. My doctor suggests putting me on an anti depressant. Am I depressed? Or is it something else? If I need an anti depressant what is the best one for mild depression? Is there any herbal remedies out there that work? I hate taking anything!

I had 2 pace maker checks and they were normal. I am on no medications--except the icy/hot for my shoulder and an occasional alleve.

Please advise what I can do to g...


Posted by cgomez on 2014-01-17 13:48. 4 comments. 193 reads
 
Ok i got my p.m. in Oct 2013. Here we are 3 mos later. N i cant wear a regular shirt ,touch my incision site or get perfume on it . With out excrusaeting pain. Can any tell me if u feel.like your pocket for your pacemaker feels like it burning threw your chest. Im so done with all this i cant take it waking me up in the middle of the nite . And all day . It hurts so bad it makes me cry. And im not a cry baby at all. I went to the dr.and got xrays n checked . They tell me im fine and the p.m. is fine. Well i know that cause its always turning on.....Does anyone else know if this is normal or have this problem. My doc says all people are diffrent. But i honestly feel like i need to go somewhere else cause it hurts so bad. Please let me kno...


Posted by dlhendrix on 2014-01-17 00:26. 1 comments. 162 reads
 
My pacemaker was put in 10/24/2013, On November 12 I spiked a 105* degree temp incision opened I could actually see the pacemaker. I wasn't able to walk and was stuck in bed till someone got home to help me. I got to the hospital and they immediately started doing blood cultures and transferred me for emergency surgery. I was in the hospital 8 day and then had to have a picc line inserted for antibiotics around the clock for the infection In my blood. Then the wound opened up where the pacemaker was removed and I had to have a wound vac for five weeks. Now I am in physical therapy for shoulder pain and not being able to use left arm. I was told that it was not a frozen shoulder like the doctor told me but that there was a injury to my shou...


Posted by Venezia56 on 2014-01-16 18:53. 3 comments. 115 reads
 
I'm 66 & had pacemaker for 1st time 10/23/13 left side. On 1/5/14 my entire left arm/hand got swollen & still is. I did get a hard bump on 1/4 on upper left arm but had not pain that day or next. Blood work, ultrasound were normal. Fam. Dr is trying to find an orthopedic Dr for me to see. I've had no other surgeries . Pacemaker was due to long pauses in heart beats. I have no other conditions. Any advice?

Posted by BillRussell on 2014-01-15 21:37. 4 comments. 248 reads
 
Dear People: I hope that I am not being unkind to require so much time from all of you. You have been wonderful to allay some of my fears and worries. My dear husband is showing some signs of improvement in his overall condition. He is on Xarelto 15 mg at suppertime for his DVT and that's all the doctor thought was necessary. I have read and researched the internet to see if there is anything to be done to help eliminate the swelling. The swelling has gone down in his upper arm and the vein that was engorged has gone back to normal, but the swelling is now worse in his elbow, lower arm and is getting into his hand. The color is improving, and his temperature is normal most of the time but will go up to 98.2 (he normally is 97.6). So...


Posted by HK on 2014-01-15 19:45. 6 comments. 464 reads
 
Hello all,
Well its now just under 6 months since my PM saved my life. Many of you were kind enough to respond to my initial posts and for that I will be forever grateful. You all helped me so much. Thank you for that!! I am doing better, of that I have no doubt, but (isn't there always a "but"?), I am still having episodes of shortness of breath on exertion. For example, walking my dog and having a conversation while walking, climbing a flight or two of steps, sometimes just talking on the phone. It is uncomfortable and scary, at times. I cannot point to any one thing that causes it but I know I didn't have it before PM implant. Also, I still feel a hard pull or tug when my ventricles contract, again, not all the time, but a more th...


Posted by IVAN on 2014-01-14 11:29. 3 comments. 136 reads
 
Great to find this site,does anyone have "appropriate". Shock while doing nothing. Have ICD last went off while washing dishes 8th time going on more aniarryhmics and a NIPS test anyone had it. What a mess.

Posted by samhalfhill on 2014-01-14 09:05. 2 comments. 107 reads
 
Has anyone had this after your PM ...I have had mine for 3 months and have had 5 of these...went to all the specialists...say maybe possible TIA..I had my AV node blown and so far have not had any afib episodes...thanks

Posted by BillRussell on 2014-01-13 20:44. 10 comments. 237 reads
 
Thanks to so many people for their advice concerning the problems my dear husband was having over the weekend with swelling in his arm. Some advised me to get him to the ER, and I so much wish I had taken him there; but on the advice of the NP on call for the weekend, she had told me that the amount of swelling he was having was normal. Well, it wasn't!! We did get worked in today at the heart institute where he had the surgery and after ultrasound it was discovered that he had clotting in his arm. I asked the electrophysiologist that we saw (not the one who performed the surgery) if DVT's were common, and he said they had not been normal until today and that he had seen "some" patients today with them. He did not seem to want to disc...


Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-01-12 17:57. 0 comments. 57 reads
 
Thanks to all who posted about my dizzy feeling. I just want it to go away and I guess with me continuing the shoulder/neck therapy it will get better with time. I am glad it is nothing too serious and I will try to manage the best I can. This is a process for all of us.

As for the tooth I had pulled--It started out as a root canal with a crown in June and by September I had to have it pulled and then my pacemaker was put in on Oct 22nd. Yes, I was on antibiotics for both the root canal and the tooth pulling.

Did anyone try that Light Relief device? Is is ok for pacemaker individuals to use it?

Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-01-12 12:13. 4 comments. 199 reads
 
I am 43 years old and never had any heart issues and got slammed with 3rd degree heart block and had my pacemaker installed on Oct 22nd, 2013. I also had an infected tooth that went undetected for 2 months prior to my heart blcok--I think that was the cause of the heart block, but still no answers from the doctors--they say it was hereditery/born with it and they do not know.

I have been experiencing light headedness, shoulder pain, neck pain and I have been taking everyone's advise. I am doing exercises/therapy for the shoulder/neck and started acupuncture. I am getting some relief and working hard, but the light headedness won't subside--what is causing that? Is it related to the shoulder/neck pain from the procedure? <...


Posted by canada on 2014-01-12 11:37. 4 comments. 128 reads
 
Occasionlly I check my chest for excess warmth, day 6 and I felt a humming under my shoulder and pacemeker with my hand. It was gone in a few minutes

Posted by jamesmilstead on 2014-01-11 18:03. 1 comments. 166 reads
 
Starting three days ago I started feeling a thumping in my chest which seems to be in rhythm with my heartbeat.. started in my right side near the diaphragm. The next day it stopped for a while, then resumed but this time on the lower left side and then it stopped. Today the thumping feels right under the pocket where the CRT is installed. I had an appointment but when the thumping stopped I cancelled it because it was an office I don't usually go too pretty far from my house. I am concerned that the thumping moving around in my chest my be indicative of loose wires and of course it is sat and I can't even call the Dr. Office until Monday.. Any one have this happen?

Posted by lindak on 2014-01-10 23:46. 4 comments. 209 reads
 
Hi Everyone
I went into the ER end of August 2013 and went into Cardiac arrest. They found my ejection fraction was 15%. First surgery seemed to go well until diaphragm paced for 9 hours not pleasant)so they shut off lead. Went back in1 week later and repositioned lead. 2 weeks later got a major infection was in hospital for 11 days on IV antibiotics for 4weeks. In hospital they of course took out infected device and attached a device to the outside of my chest. Had to go back in for surgery to repack etc. First surgeon on vacation when I was in hospital so got a different one that put a new pacemaker/ICD in but Dr was adamant not to attach the LV lead which is the one that makes you feel better.Implanted the device on right side this...




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