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Posted by duffy on 2015-02-14 11:30. 3 comments. 276 reads
 
Hi. HELP, PLEASE. I have a DEFIBULATOR. Dr.’s can’t find where exactly my pinched nerve is located. Dr.'s and physical therapy just keep shipping me from one to the other for three months. Can't do a MRI. Had CAT= no results. Tried nerve test with electricity and stopped it after the first shock, which made me jump, dizzy and in more pain. I can't imagine a series of these is okay for me, which they said was okay. My right arm now is very low in muscle, movement, and looks half the size of the left. I've pinched a nerve in my shoulder or neck. Both are always in pain and most times severe. Also, it comes on even more severely in sudden bursts throughout the day and night out of the blue. PLEASE HELP! WHAT OTHER TESTS OR ANY OTHER OPTIO...


Posted by fishingmema on 2015-02-13 11:53. 4 comments. 291 reads
 
Can doctors still do ekg's if you have a pacemaker?

Posted by labor99 on 2015-02-11 16:15. 3 comments. 205 reads
 
Have not been here for a few months. I,ll get right to the problem.
I am currently taking Eliquis 5MG twice a day
Digoxin .125MG once a day
Diltiazem 120 MG twice a day.
I have developed swelling in my left foot and ankle for a month now. I have noticed a marked reduction in urine output lately. I just did a stress test (chem test) and I did a kidney test last week. They called this morning to say that they had goofed my test up so I went in and they took some more blood. Has anyone here had a problem with swelling due to these meds I am on? Can't seem to get my doctor all that excited about finding out the problem. My foot is almost normal in the morning but as to day goes on it swells pretty much. Thank you.

Posted by cbrown1392 on 2015-02-10 03:03. 3 comments. 229 reads
 
Hello,

I recently read about Johns Hopkins Hospital being able to give an MRI for someone with a pacemaker. I live in Queens, New York. Does anyone know if there is a a hospital in New York that would also offer this??

Posted by jericho on 2015-02-04 18:46. 3 comments. 272 reads
 
Hi Everyone
Thank you for all your comments and support
Just to ask if anyone has kaleidoscope effects at night when going to sleep, I also have vivid dreams, not every night but several occasions The colours are so vivid and extreme.



Posted by Calvin on 2015-02-02 10:54. 3 comments. 241 reads
 
I just joined your valuable group.

I enquired about PM's and fatigue and noticed that the last postings were entered in 2011.

Are there more?

Reasons for gap?


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Posted by judyblue on 2015-01-30 12:25. 1 comments. 252 reads
 
Many of you may know I am one of the few whose pain never went away. I finally had a doctor confirm it is nerve damage from the pm implantation. This was not the cardiologist who put it in! He won't discuss it. And my primary prescribed an anti- imflammatory. Both which got me no relief for over a year. My gynocologist said, "of course its nerve damage. You have neuropathy. There are medicines for that". OMG! I have about a 75% reduction in pain! I am sad the other docs were too afraid to prescribe this for me (yes, I said "afraid"- that is what my gyno said). I could have been spared a very unpleasant year of pain. I never knew what chronic pain does to someone. Without knowing, I was a total crab to my students. After the meds, I am a ne...


Posted by Cahardesty on 2015-01-27 14:43. 4 comments. 378 reads
 
I just found out, that for the last four months or so, I have been having runs of ventricular tachycardia but I did not know what was going on until yesterday. I typically would be at rest and feeling fine and then all of a sudden become very symptomatic with chest pain, shortness of breath,dizziness & lightheadedness etc, not to mention scared while trying to remain calm.

I have gone to the ER numerous times over the past four months, just to be checked out and confirm that I was not having a heart attack but never address the palpitation concerns that I had. This last Sunday was my last episode and I went to the ER I typically go to, only to be treated very badly. The doctor treated me as if I was a drug seeker from the ver...


Posted by mkyah09 on 2015-01-27 07:26. 12 comments. 534 reads
 
My dad had the below report , i just need to know how to read it..Because the doctors here are rarely telling us about these stuff..Appreciate your help

Battery Voltage : 3.13 V

Pacing History
As- Vs : 2.2%
As - Vp : 97.1%
Ap - Vs : <0.1%
Ap - Vp : 0.7%

Impedance
Atrium : 475 ohms
R.V 285 ohms
L V 722 ohms

RV Defib 41ohms
SVC 54 ohms

please point me to a link if there is a explanation already available.

Let me know if you need more details.

Posted by tessenne on 2015-01-27 03:18. 2 comments. 341 reads
 
With a PM, does the heart condition continue to deteriorate? So I have a third degree heart block. Symptoms started roughly five years ago- near syncope. The PM will stop the symptoms and force the heart to beat but will the condition continue on its natural path and just not cause me any symptoms? Is it possible I would go from 3 percent paced to, potentially, 100 percent paced? Can I expect to be pacemaker dependent? I am 28 now....and I know you guys could not possibly predict my outcome but, humor me, is there a trend for people going from a lower percentage being paced to a much higher one in, say, ten years?

Posted by Roys on 2015-01-25 18:37. 0 comments. 128 reads
 
Hi
I have two blood reports from Pathology, one says Mild normocytic anaemia, the other says Moderate anaemia. the results are the same, Haemoglobin 106 g/l. which correct, is it moderate or mild.
My Doctor does not think it needs treatment.
Cheers Roy

Posted by Cartman on 2015-01-24 18:50. 1 comments. 168 reads
 
I have been on metoprolol, sotalol, and veraparmil with limited success for ventricular tachycardia. I started taking Ranexa 6 weeks ago. I went from having V-tach once or twice a day to none in the past 6 weeks. This is a miracle drug for me.

Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-01-24 13:47. 1 comments. 194 reads
 
Just thought I'd share.

On my last visit with my cardiologist, he asked me if I had ever been tested for lyme disease since it has been discovered to cause conductive heart disease in some. Since my condition has been from the teen years (40 years ago), I doubt it is mine.

However, I am very lyme-literate due to one of our adult daughter's having chronic lyme. It is debilitating if not caught early on (acute lyme), and not curable. In my research, I knew that if it settled in the heart, it would cause severe complications. Being tested (40% false negative rate on the AMA approved test) is a start, but one must often pursue additional testing for appropriate diagnosis and care.

I was just thrilled and encou...


Posted by kmom on 2015-01-24 12:47. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
No good! At least for me. Good news was that I think I was starting to feel better on that medication. Bad news was that 3 days later had an ekg and my qt was over 512 so I was immediately taken off the drug with explicit instructions that if I got into trouble call immediately or go to er. Iam fine by the way just bummed out that my body couldn't tolerate the med because I was finally beginning to feel better hands weren't swollen when I woke up and could actually go up and down stairs without SOB. And heart racing oh well back on the rhythmol as most know taking that for afib/ flutter and PSVT.

Posted by pumpkin4 on 2015-01-17 11:23. 1 comments. 274 reads
 
I want to know my moms pacer alert was found in the echo gram that it is working a 100 percent now. How does this affect her? She is very limited due to SOB, but she says she is not going to sit in a chair the rest of her life to live.

Posted by cindyredd on 2015-01-17 07:13. 0 comments. 237 reads
 
Hello all.. well its been quite a year , after getting PM, took 10 trips to get settings right, then all that SOB issue ,they kept telling me it was in my head or anxity as usual.. ugrrrr.. come to find out I had a Pritzmingle attack, and they had to inject nitro in the thing...

took 2 week to recover from that easy ..

good to go for about 3 months, them I am getting svt again about 180 in 86 days average when they checked the PM , not to high 160ish however 189 in 86 days, also showing pvc not a whole lot but never had that before....

PM is doing its job, its the electrical side, I have had 4 ablations , 2 worked 2 missed,

so now.. the drs are like well we just dont know what to do with you i...


Posted by Artist on 2015-01-15 20:45. 3 comments. 355 reads
 
I'm a 73 year old female. I was a sickly kid and I learned not to complain and tried not to trouble my parents. I developed the attitude that if I just try harder or wait long enough I could make problems go away. I have learned that I need to be more assertive and proactive in managing my health. Case in point:
I wore a 30 day Holter cardiac monitor last year. There were times that I could be resting in my recliner and my heart would pound so much that it rocked my body from side to side, lots of irregular heart beats etc. Similar symptoms occurred two years previously during a 30 day monitoring session and I was told the report was normal at that time. So, this time I decided to request a copy of the report. When I got the report...


Posted by Bebie on 2015-01-13 01:41. 6 comments. 374 reads
 
I My pm was inserted last August 2014. From then on I have no problem with it in fact it improves my condition. The problem I have now is my sleeping and the discomfort I have when taking Pradaxa(blood thinning). by the way the reason for the pm is the atrial fibliration I have. Does anyone having this issue and can give me some advice esp of my sleeping problem. Thank you.

Posted by DazzleMePink_101 on 2015-01-12 23:46. 6 comments. 343 reads
 
I am a 17 year old junior girl and for the past 5 months I have been going crazy. In the beginning of September I started getting these really bad headaches on JUST the left sides of my head. After about 15 minutes of getting these headaches my heart would start pounding really hard and slowly in my chest and my body would feel warm. It sounds really weird and is hard to explain, but that's how I felt. Anyway, after the feeling of my heart pounding I would faint. Between September and November I have about 12 of these little episodes. Randomly they would come on. I'm a cheerleader and one of these fainting things happened during a football game. It has also happened sitting in class listening to a teacher, watching tv at home, walking to c...


Posted by rolson on 2015-01-12 02:02. 3 comments. 234 reads
 
New issue, I have been on flecainide for a couple of weeks. First on 50 mg then 100mg was givingme chestpain, then 75mg. The second day of the 75mg I started having a pounding heart beat add soon as I lashed down and relaxed. That means add I am falling asleep the old ticket started beating hard. Not fat, nor adding ore shipping, just hard enough I could feel it in my neck and arms. I have not slept more than a couple of hours at a time in 4 nights now. Exhausted. Tried sleeping in semi reclined position. No good, I have to be almost completely upright or it starts. I sit up, it stops, i lay down, it starts back up. It seems to go away, while laying down for about an hour or two after taking a dose. Don't know if that is a resu...




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