When will I feel improvement?

Had a loop recorder installed 8.5months ago after syncope and dizziness. It showed the bradychardia immediately, and over time heart block.Had bradychardia- down to 37 bpm at rest, and pauses (2.5-6 seconds). Had a PM installed 9 Jan 2019.

I've had CFS for years, and am hoping it was actually the bradychardia, and I'll feel better. I have been a bit less breathless (my breathlessness is usually at rest- when my HR falls), and am less tired after meals,  but am still generally more fatigued than I'd like to be. Could it be due to the surgery and post-op pain?. When can I expect to have more energy?


Better Yet?

by Gotrhythm - 2019-01-20 17:16:41

Nobody can tell you when you will feel better, People are all different in how fast they heal, how healthy they were to begin with, etc., etc. You say you already notice some improvement. Focus on that. Eat well and get some mild exercise.

In answer to your other post, correct me if I'm wrong but isn't a symptom of chronic fatigue having nerves that over-react to pain?

Be good to yourself, but also work on getting back to your life.


by Grace1 - 2019-01-21 01:00:05

Thanks for asking... had a better night, but awoke much too early. 5 hours doesn't cut it by me....

Chronic Fatigue often comes together with Fibromyalgia, on a spectrum.It's a pain disorder, but not over reaction to pain. Mine is more towards the CFS side, though in the beginning I had much more pain. Over the years the flares have become much less often. My pain threshold is actually high, as it is with many FMS patients. It's a disorder in how the body processes pain, but post operative pain is not part of it, though a pain site may turn into an FMS flare with body-wide pain (thankfully that hasn't happened here), or into a bout of CFS fatigue. The upside of having FMS for so many years is that I can function very well through pain , as I have lived with it for so long.... My cardiologist (who is actually also my surgeon) was actually surprised how high my pain threshold is when he injected the sedative into the surgery site. That's the only sedative I was given during the surgery.

Since Bradychardia can cause fatigue, my cardiologist and I are hoping I will feel better once my heartrate is normalized. I don't have much patience for taking care of myself (which is actually a common personality trait among CFS/FMSers....)


by teaching_texas - 2019-02-07 23:59:57

I had my pacemaker inserted 3 months ago. I thought that I would begin to feel more energetic by at least 6 weeks. I found that in my case I didn't really come out of that intense fatigue until a couple of weeks ago. I was really beginning to think that it was all in my head, but when I did begin to get my energy back, I realized that I just wasn't ready yet. Now, I can actually go grocery shopping without having to lie down before putting groceries away. Give it time. Your energy will return slowly.

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Your pacemaker receives radio frequencies.

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