How to know if settings need adjusting (exercise related)
Hi all! This is my first post but I've read a lot and you all have really helped me through the last few months. I'm a 38 year old woman who was diagnosed with complete heart block in January and got my PM on Feb 21st. I have two young boys and I'm a distance runner so not your "typical" PM recipient. Physically I'm recovering well and mentally/emotionall I have good days and bad regarding acceptance but I know that will take time.
I started easing back into running two weeks post implant and am working my way back. Currently at 5 miles and now 5.5 weeks post implant but I'm a marathon runner so I'll be increasing milage a lot more. I've talked with my EP about my distance running and he's told me the PM won't affect it and I'm fine to train. While I feel okay during my runs, my running pace has been so slow compared to pre-PM. I've read other posts on here about people feeling tired and fatigued during exercise after receiving their PMs too. I've had two device checks with the EP nurse since my implant and she said all is operating normally and well.
1. How do you tell if your fatigue during exercise is just normal getting back into shape after the surgery vs. needing adjustments to you PM settings?
2. What specific questions would I ask my EP regarding the settings or possible adjustments? They all tell me that I'm fine to run and the PM shouldn't affect anything but I don't know if there are additional details I should ask or share about how I'm feeling.
Any thoughts from those who have needed adjustments or who have had their settings optimized for exercise would be so helpful as I'm struggling to feel "normal" after all this. Thanks!