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Posted by DonnaMarie on 2015-04-18 17:22. 6 comments. 109 reads
 
I'm new to this site hoping someone can help. How do you deal with the nagging pain & discomfort everyday? I have a pacemaker with defibrillator and it just seems too big! I'm 5 feet 2 inches & weigh 120 lbs. I got the device put in 4 months ago then recently had it moved over since it was hitting nerves. How do you enjoy life in pain everyday & will I get used to it?

Posted by Debbiekitt on 2015-04-16 19:10. 9 comments. 204 reads
 
I just had the pacemaker surgery yesterday. Didn't have lead time to figure out how to handle anything. I am very big busted(42/G or H). I need something g to close in front. Help.

Posted by oneheart on 2015-04-16 18:55. 3 comments. 116 reads
 
I had my PM placed in 2011, after the surgery I experienced "lightning" type feelings in my chest. Could not lay down, sit up or sleep. 5 days later I went in to have the lead placed correctly. I came out if surgery with ringing in both ears, migranes and very debilitating anxiety and depression. I am still dealing with all of this today. It is making daily life difficult. Has anyone else experienced this? If so what have you found that helps you to cope?

Posted by suzip on 2015-04-16 17:55. 3 comments. 95 reads
 
I am 5 weeks post PM. Incision site healing nicely, is it normal that it still feels extremely sore and tender and at times feels like ants are biting me? How long roughly will it take to start feeling normal again?

Posted by green1000 on 2015-04-13 07:54. 3 comments. 96 reads
 
Hi,
I wonder if any body can help ?, after my pacemaker fitted I have been left with a pulse in head, the only thing thats takes it away is 2 pints of beer or more, lovely get peace but pissed lol.
Never had this in my head before, Medical experts dont seem to be bothered or suggest anything.
I have now had pacemaker for 9 Months works well, seems unfair to be left with head problem, I hoped it might just go away.
Another thing is my nose runs bad in cold weather, anybody no why its worse these days.
My first post lol
Graham Leicester

Posted by Wheatleygirl on 2015-04-09 09:08. 7 comments. 192 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted a little over three weeks ago and in the last week or so I've noticed some slight trembling in my hands and a feeling of trembling in my arms. Is this from the pacemaker? I had only concious sedation and a local for the surgery. I do tend to be an anxious person. Has anyone else experienced increased anxiety after pacemaket implant?

Posted by tsco on 2015-04-08 10:57. 7 comments. 289 reads
 
I have had a long haul with arrhythmias. Five cath ablations last one for afib. Thats a bit better now but recently started doing something really weird just walking up 3 flights of stairs. I am 50 , lift weights in very good physical shape. I rushed to my family doc and had a monitor put on everyone that looked at it said normal sinus. So had an EP appointment this week. He said normal then it was uh wait looks like junctional rythym /???? What the hell is that? So now it looks like I may be looking at a pacemaker and I am so frightened I cant function. I dont know what I am asking other than I m just scared. I am afraid to have it showing and in a place where I may easily damage it. Its scary to think I would depend on this little devi...


Posted by kmom on 2015-04-07 16:15. 5 comments. 190 reads
 
for a while! Thought I'd pop in to say hi to everyone. As some of you know on the 17th of March I had Open Heart Surgery Cox Maze procedure. I was left with limited options because of prior Open Heart surgery to fix ASD and was on highest dose of propafenone that I could be on. My afib was still giving me fits so I underwent the knife. I am still very sore but I think i'm already feeling better. Even the swelling in my hands and feet are down but I'm also on double the HCTZ so?? I am walking around and doing a few things. looking forward to starting Cardiac rehab on Thursday. I just want all this soreness to go away then I know I'll feel better. I think this time because i'm older it was harder on me than the first. but things will heal an...


Posted by Beetlefeet on 2015-04-04 23:53. 5 comments. 167 reads
 
I'm so glad I found this site. I have a pacemaker that was implanted 3 weeks ago. I am 43 years old and had no symptoms. I was driving and had a cardiac episode and luckily got off of the highway. I had Mobitz type 2 heart block and had the pacemaker placed. I am having a lot of anxiety about this life change with my 2 small kids and anxiety driving. Luckily the driving seems to be improving over the last 3 days. The anxiety overall bothers me. I'm sure it will get better but this is all new to me. I'm happy to have found this site.

Posted by saphronella on 2015-04-04 04:33. 6 comments. 364 reads
 
Hi all,

5 days ago I fainted and have been diagnosed with possible Bradycardia and I will be going through tests over the next week to find out if I need a pacemaker.
I have just turned 30 and this is all quite a shock but seeing all of the lovely and supportive comments on this website has reassured me somewhat, especially seeing that there are young people out there in the same situation.
My main concerns are that having a pacemaker will change my quality of life. I am very adventurous: I travel 6 times a year, go to the gym 6 days a week and compete in half marathons twice a year. I am currently learning to drive and don't know if this will affect it. I also want to have children over the next few years. Does an...


Posted by cormac on 2015-03-30 17:23. 1 comments. 121 reads
 
Hi guys i no Im always on about welding but my coarse has started and we are nearly finished the gas welding part and will be moving onto tig and mig. we started to use the spot welder today and i think i felt a bit funny has anyone had a spot welder today moment?

Posted by donr on 2015-03-29 15:14. 0 comments. 189 reads
 
This is for Peanut40 & SLC.

I missed this comment when it came around the first time. I'm surprised that no one took the opportunity to address it.

The answer is a definite & resounding YES!!!! Anything as traumatic as an SCA/SCD or a significant life threatening event can & will change you. Others - like wives/husbands - will notice changes more than the person going through the event. Sometimes the changes are subtle, sometimes very dramatic. We think & hear of it mostly in soldiers coming home from a war - popularized in today's culture as PTSD. It's always been there, just never characterized as a laundry list of symptoms & after-effects.

I have a friend who had a CABG for the large descending c...


Posted by suzip on 2015-03-28 12:15. 3 comments. 182 reads
 
I have had pacemaker 3 weeks now and am having a bit of trouble...I keep having hot flush type feelings and fluttering in chest...today I have felt sick on and off and spent most the day in bed..not good. Has anyone else felt like this?

Posted by battery-operated on 2015-03-26 16:48. 1 comments. 232 reads
 
I joined this club about five minutes ago. I am the proud owner of a CRT-D since 2007. My life after my widow-maker heart attacks and the other three, which they did not give a fancy name to, followed by a guinea pig surgery that magically saved my life. I received my CRT-D before my open heart deal. After being sent home on meds and this device it seemed like my defibber went off every time I turned around. One time it started at home so after calling an ambulance it continued zapping me every 3 minutes or so until after I left the first ER and was helicoptered to a bigger hospital. I now have panic attacks from that episode and a few more. I thought it might help to talk to someone else like me because I feel so alone sometimes...it's cr...


Posted by donr on 2015-03-25 21:26. 15 comments. 506 reads
 
Earlier this week, Germanwings lost an airplane full of people in the French Alps. 150 human beings perished in a horrific way. Some 60 Germans, a bunch of Spaniards; infants, children, high school students returning to Germany from a student exchange visit.

Stop for a moment & consider what that event was like for those aboard. Had they died in a high speed auto accident, it would have been all over in a flash; ditto for being struck by lightning.

They all had nearly 8 minutes of flight time when they KNEW what was about to happen. The inevitable end was in sight; it was sensed by all. Their descent angle was such that no one could begin to move about. The flight attendants were most likely in a pile at the fl...


Posted by suzip on 2015-03-23 12:29. 10 comments. 254 reads
 
It is now nearly 3 weeks since I had my pacemaker implant, my follow-up went well. I am struggling a bit though, keep having spells where I get hot flush feelings and this makes me feel a little sick and sometimes dizzy? has anyone else suffered this, also I feel fluttering in middle of chest on and off?

Posted by Rothers on 2015-03-23 12:28. 4 comments. 273 reads
 
Hi guys
Had a pm fitted a month ago my employer is now saying I cannot work on any power stations
Has anyone any advice how to convince him he's wrong
Rothers

Posted by KathyCanfield on 2015-03-21 16:51. 9 comments. 425 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker put in two weeks ago and am having a difficult time coming to grips that it is there and that I need it. I'm 60 years old and never thought I would have heart issues but here I am and I'm not coping well. Also I feel short or breath and tired is it normal?

Thanks

Posted by andyfowler on 2015-03-21 06:52. 5 comments. 286 reads
 
Hi all,

Iv had my ICD fitted since November last year. I was wondering how long I will sill be having pain around it. The pain isn't unbearable but it is still really uncomfortable. Any help will be valued thank you.

Posted by tk on 2015-03-20 12:11. 4 comments. 280 reads
 
I am feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and honestly can not differinciate what is normal expected pain and discomfort from something "going wrong." I feel light headed, I have dull pain in chest but also tiny tings, or zaps, almost like little shocks, as well as tiny sharp pains. In left arm and heart area. I also thought I could feel my left lung doing something weird. And I have sharp random left ear pain. I'm not sure if I'm having allergies or if I am having troubles with the device but my blood pressure and heart rate seem to be normal for what they've set it to. I hate to complain, but my sister said this site would perhaps help. Any insight would be appreciated. I do tend to have bouts of anxiety now. I had/have bradycardia, complete he...




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