Pacemaker Symptoms Questions
My name is Ryan. I'm a 31 year old Male. Last year I had 3 open heart surgeries to replace my triscuspid valve due to endocarditis. Unfortunately the 3rd surgery caused the need for me to have a pacemaker as I had complete heart block. My 3rd heart surgery was 10/31/2017 and pacemaker was installed 11/07/2017. Everything seems to have healed up and I'm working every day to get stronger and healthier.
I'm having some weird issues and found this forum and wanted to hopefully get some feedback from everyone instead of hoping to get any type of answer from my cardiologist during our 3 second appointments that are 3 months apart. It's ridiculous how hard it is to get any type of help from doctors outside of being hospitalized.
Lately my heart has been every so often been pounding so hard it actually shakes my body. I can see my left breast shake and vibrate. I've also been having edema in my legs on top of taking my Furosemide twice per day. Also during some movements I get terrible sharp pains where the device is located.
If anyone has any insight, info, ideas or tips on how to manage living with a pacemaker it would be greatly greatly appreciated
Prior to last year I was an extremely healthy 30 year old Male and was never in the hospital once. This has been one of the hardest things I've ever gone through in my life.
I'm also experiencing depression and anxiety regarding having to rely on a pacemaker for the rest of my life. Every ache or pain it seems I'm convinced a lead has ripped out or im having a heart attack or something insane.
I look forward to hearing from people!