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Posted by jsne on 2015-05-04 06:10. 0 comments. 191 reads
 
Hi Folks.
Just back from a week in Tuscany first trip with PM. Felt quite important going through airport staff both ends very friendly. Managed to do some quite significant walks (due to guide book not being very accurate) in spite of still feeling not right.
Handed in my 3 day monitor two weeks ago so hope to get an appointment soon. So frustrating that I feel so close to being well then back to awful do think I have lost confidence, strange when you think the PM should make you feel "safer" still hols were lovely and a wee drop of Chianti for medicinal purpose's .
Roll on check up.
Cheers Jane

Posted by Tabby on 2015-04-28 09:49. 7 comments. 390 reads
 
I got my pacemaker 2 weeks ago. It looks to be where a bra strap would come in contact with it. Any info about bra straps and pacemakers?

Posted by PovisGirl on 2015-04-27 18:06. 6 comments. 435 reads
 
Hello. My boyfriend had a pacemaker put in 1.5 years ago. I met him roughly a month after he had it, so I was not able to be there during the process. He is only 51 and he told me it takes time to adjust (understandably)...My concern is that he doesn't seem to want to live life. He does work and he will occasionally hit golf balls at a driving range, for which I am grateful. He often expresses feeling sad that he can't do the things he use to do, but from what I read, and what he has said, he has no restrictions. I am hoping to hear from those of you who may be having a similar experience. I try to be patient and understanding as I don't have any idea what it would be like and I love him. Thank you in advance.

Posted by Claret on 2015-04-27 14:24. 22 comments. 575 reads
 
The pacemaker information that I have been told to always carry with me is a couple of sheets of paper in a cheap plastic wallet that doesn't fit into a credit card slot in a standard wallet.

Even driving licenses are now credit card sized and carry just as much information as my pacemaker information.

It probably just hasn't been thought through by people who wear pacemakers, so nobody is blame, but we can provide feedback to the manufacturers so that they can improve.



Posted by Theknotguy on 2015-04-26 20:32. 4 comments. 542 reads
 
I sit next to John in church. John is a 90 year old WWII veteran who has a pacemaker. I tease him that we synchronize our pacemakers like they used to synchronize watches in WWII. We have the same EP, get to tease one another about pacemaker events, compare notes on our EP, and commiserate about pacemakers and life in general.

About four weeks ago, John's battery in his pacemaker was dropping voltage. Not out of line as the pacemaker was about nine years old. John was using his remote call in device to monitor the voltage and was getting concerned because the voltage was heading for two volts.

About three weeks ago John started to have dizzy spells because the pacemaker voltage had gone down to just over two ...


Posted by SUPERSALE on 2015-04-25 09:00. 2 comments. 323 reads
 
sometime my pacemaker is not on or pacing what it should anybody has that before??

Posted by irish_jessi on 2015-04-23 14:28. 5 comments. 354 reads
 
cyborg

noun
1. a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device.

(dictionary.com)

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We are so much cooler than regular people, lol

Posted by DonnaMarie on 2015-04-18 17:22. 8 comments. 331 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. 391 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. 296 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. 240 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. 259 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. 415 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. 410 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. 271 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. 266 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. 547 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. 2 comments. 220 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. 296 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. 298 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?



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