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Posted by judyblue on 2014-06-02 20:50. 5 comments. 197 reads
 
Help! I think my account is corrupt! I not only cannot receive private messages, but now everyone's name is coming up invalid user. Moderators, please advise.
thank you. I sent TraceyE a private message but now her username is not even recognized. :(

Posted by Smokie on 2014-05-29 05:44. 2 comments. 228 reads
 
Hi, Can anyone help me with this problem three months into having my dual lead p.m.(u.k.) About a month ago I was aware it wasnt protruding so much from my skin and the g.p. said it was settling in.Then over the month my arm pit has been sore and a bit swollen. My shoulder also is sore on movement. I saw the g.p. and was given an anti inflamary gel to rub on the area. Just wondered if anyone had this three months into having thier implant. Ecg checked out ok. I had the pm. fitted for sss. I was struggling to cope with the fact I had to get the pm. I felt I was coping well then this has happened.
Thank you.

Posted by ChrisD on 2014-05-26 10:11. 10 comments. 301 reads
 
So I posted a few days ago my story about having a hard time dealing with everything. As is the case with others, I had a tremendous amount of stress in my life before the PM issue and this seems to have been the straw that pushed my over the edge. I have dealt with depression before but hadn't had a depressive episode of any consequence in many years. I have been on a low dose of antidepressants. Now I am struggling. I know I feel depressed - not as bad as before but most days are a struggle and I still need to go to work everyday where I have a lot of responsibility. I am exhausted much of the time and I can't tell if it is the depression coming back due to all the added stress, or if the symptoms are related to the sudden change i...


Posted by dave58 on 2014-05-26 04:41. 3 comments. 247 reads
 
I had my pacemaker fitted 02/05/2014. I was taken to hospital
again on the 25/05/2014 as i had the same symptoms again as before i had the pacemaker fitted. I managed to get from my local
shop back home after becoming very light headed and feeling i was about to pass
out. The paramedics said was heart rate was at 145 bpm and that was
sitting in a chair. After spending the day in hospital my heart rate was stable at 135/72 average and i was told my pacemaker was doing its
job fine. I had to have my pacemaker fitted as i went into hospital originally suffering from third degree heart block. The doctor at the hospital has increased my bisoprolol from 2.5 mg to 5 mg to keep my heart rate from going to high. he told m...


Posted by Ritamas on 2014-05-24 16:45. 3 comments. 240 reads
 
Greetings, All,

I just got an AV node ablation and
PM on 5/19/2014. I usually tend to keep my info to myself so I am doing something different just by going public and joining up on this site! It looks like my shortness of breath and wheezing is typical post pm. And here I thought I would walk off into the sunset being able to exercise. Does the breathlessness diminish much after settings are adjusted? Mine is at 80.

Posted by ChrisD on 2014-05-24 10:40. 8 comments. 403 reads
 
Hi All,
I am 53 and had always been an athlete. This year I noticed my running became increasingly difficult over a period of 6 months or so until I could hardly go a quarter of a mile. I saw the doc, did a halter monitor, had a stress test and discovered that I had an AV Block and SSS that basically cut my heart rate in half. Three cardiologists ended up getting involved and all agreed I needed a Pacemaker. It has been a month. For the first two weeks I felt OK, but then I began feeling very fatigued and depressed. Before this I was dealing fairly successfully with a mother with Alzheimer's, tremendous stress at work, a very ill 95 year old mother in law who really needs to go to a nursing home but refuses, and a few other less...


Posted by DMJ on 2014-05-19 14:28. 3 comments. 278 reads
 
I went ahead and got my Biventricular PM with icd after damage was done to my heart due to single pacing PM. I went along with the icd since I knew it would help me qualify for medicare. I really hate having it and wish i would have made a different decision. I believe I'm almost 100 percent paced due to 3rd degree block, yet I would like to not get this replaced when the battery goes dead. I have not gone back to doctor since I can't afford the charges every 3 months and there really isn't anything they can do. Maybe I feel like I should have just let life take its course and not interfered. Anyone else feel like me? I'm holding off returning for check up until next April when medicare starts. From reading others problems on this s...


Posted by hjohnsonjnr on 2014-05-19 09:16. 6 comments. 227 reads
 
Are there ant UK Firefighters out there who have had a pacemaker fitted and returned to normal operational duties?
Mine is for 2nd degree AV block - Mobitz type 1, so I'm not completely pacemaker dependant.
I am due to have mine fitted end of May 2014 and have had no advice from my bosses or occupational health people what will happen to me after!

Posted by dpreuss4 on 2014-05-18 18:44. 2 comments. 165 reads
 
Has any one had problems using this type of new cooking ? It says Infrared, conduction and convection cooking in one.


Posted by divergent1 on 2014-05-18 16:42. 3 comments. 345 reads
 
My pacemaker experience has been a very valuable lesson about the importance of not accepting medical care that is not taking care of the problem. My pacemaker was inserted March 7 2014 -- I was subsequently re-hospitalized for an episode of syncope. At that time for 3 days the hospital MD couldn't reach my cardiologist and in fact discharged me without talking to him.

I was readmitted later again symptomatic with chest pain, once again they couldn't reach my doctor and his on call partner said he wouldn't touch someone else's pacemaker. The hospital MD said to get gallbladder and liver and ulcer tested, with my GP after discharge.... those were negative. I got my cardiologist records and read his notes which stated I re...


Posted by imatos on 2014-05-16 18:15. 6 comments. 226 reads
 
Hi Friends,

I just wanted to share my latest challenges after my PM implant. I have been feeling really down, just 10 days after my PM implant, I am back in the ER with really bad abdominal pains and it turns out I am on my way to emergency surgery for appendix removal. So I spent a couple of days in the hospital. Then a day after being discharged from the appendix surgery, I am back in the ER because my left arm got really swollen and it turns out I developed a blood clot on my left shoulder due to the PM, now I am coping with all these challenges that happened one after the other.

Thanks for allowing me to post it here.

Ivette

Posted by Mywingman on 2014-05-15 17:25. 5 comments. 157 reads
 
I just got word today from Transport Canada Aviation Medicine that my Class I Transport Category Medical has been cleared and I am fit to fly unrestricted. God bless the technology and the doctors and staff that support the Pacemaker. I truly am a believer of the God of second chances. Just over 7 weeks wait after install I am cleared to fly commercially again. I was expecting the 90 day wait. This is just another validation that this technology is proven, trusted and only getting better.

You are looking at one happy Aviator. Back to work I go!!!!!

Posted by trish on 2014-05-15 07:13. 3 comments. 235 reads
 
Have been feeling what seem to be electrical shocks from pacemaker down to heart and beyond. Also have much discomfort at times in left shoulder area and over pacemaker . Am 4 months post implant. Does anyone else have this shock like feeling? Trish

Posted by rhymeandreason@knology.net on 2014-05-14 17:14. 4 comments. 287 reads
 
My name is Jackie Caylor I was getting groceries in Monday I was fixing to sit down and rest when my pacemaker went off.No one even begins to know what that felt like. First I felt my heart flutter then I heard a loud pop my left arm drew back and this lasted for a few seconds. No one knows until it happens have no warning. So stop guessing

Posted by jackiecj on 2014-05-13 18:43. 3 comments. 183 reads
 
Diagnosed with AF June 2013 .I have been on meds since, they haven't corrected it. I am booked for a catheter ablation in June .in the meantime 3 weeks ago i was taken in to A & E with alternating tachycardia and bradycardia .my HR went down to 20 bpm so after 10 days in hospital deciding what to do about it they fitted a PM .For 3 days had so much pain and a burning feeling ,then dull ache Its now 2 weeks since fiting, I am still getting some pain and it is very swollen also getting pain in my chest if I do to much .Went back and saw consultant who fitted it ,gave me antibiotics in case of infection or said it could be a haematoma .Told to go back for my 6 week check if no better will take it out and put in on right side .I still...


Posted by NMWanderer on 2014-05-13 14:06. 8 comments. 338 reads
 
I had my Pacemaker/ICD implanted in February. After three months of searing pain, being unable to work or sleep, or really do much of anything, I have finally come to the conclusion that it is time to say goodbye to the pacemaker/ICD. I have talked with my cardiologist numerous times, and it remains a mystery as to why there is so much pain after this length of time.

My thoughts are that living like this is not really living at all, but merely existing. After many tests and evaluations no solution has been found. The latest referral is to an electrophysiologist to determine if any nerve damage occurred during implantation. A look over the last interrogation of the unit shows it works fine, and has recorded four separate events,...


Posted by RonnieJoe on 2014-05-11 23:26. 3 comments. 271 reads
 
Had my pacemaker / defibrillator implant in March after triple bypass. I 'died' 5 times in two days after bypass surgery which is why I have this thing in my chest now. The pain/ soreness is still prevalent and I don't know how much more can take. How long does this go on? Does anyone else out there suffer from shortness of breath? I can't sleep at night. I can't lay flat cause it fells like its under my collar bone. It feels tight. Is this normal?

Posted by Tiffaniallaby on 2014-05-08 23:58. 2 comments. 183 reads
 
I'm a new member to the site and was just wondering if there is anyone around my age that has gone through a similar experience?

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-05-08 18:37. 8 comments. 191 reads
 
Boston Scientific PM , K277, implanted Feb. 4, 2014, MRI compatible Samuri study, DDDR, minimum 60 beats, max pacing 120. All is well so far! I will be scheduled for a small inguinal hernia repair and multiple medium prolapse issues done at the same operation under general anesthesia this summer. I have chosen to have this work done at the University of Chicago Hospitals where my PM was installed. I will have preview appointments with anesthetist and gyne. and hernia doc. to assess risks. Any advice to me of things to be cautious about or to investigate further? My EP team insists it will be no problem, and thinks it may require no PM adjustments or a magnet on me, as my PM is elective due to bradycardia and some chronoincompetance.<...


Posted by Marty on 2014-05-08 15:35. 9 comments. 296 reads
 
Hi guys,

I'm a mess lately. I've worked hard to survive heart failure for the past 10 years, but I'm not so sure I can survive this divorce. My wife of over 30 years had an affair, and after a year of trying to get through it with counseling, I discovered she was still in contact with the guy. I got a lawyer and am going through this very painful process. I read that divorce is one of the most detrimental things to your health out there, and I guess I'm not afraid of dying anyway. Maybe I was just too wrapped up in surviving heart failure to give her all she needed from me, I don't know. All I do know is that we promised each other all our lives we would never cheat on the other without getting out first. It hurts. It's making m...




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