Feeling groggy since my last tuneup

Just wondering is it normal to feel groggy after having what I refer to as a tune up.  I am new to the forum. Received my PM in  April 2018.  First installed I was told it would kickin like a hybrid car would when gas was needed.  After more tuneups it turns out I am totally dependent on my PM.  I had another tune up a few weeks ago. There was a setting turned off, which is now turned on to have the PM keep up with me when I exhurted myself, which was possibly why I was winded.  Dr. also wants me to do a ecocardiogram.  Every since that last tune up though I am groggy is this normal or am I just complaining?


Normal? Not really.

by Gotrhythm - 2019-06-22 15:06:23

Nothing your pacemaker does is going to cause grogginess. Possibly, for some people under certain conditions it might prevent grogginess. I felt a great deal better--sharper, more "with it"--when my base rate was finally raised high enough for me.

So no, grogginess isn't normal. And, the grogginess might have nothing to do with the pacemaker.

The real question you should ask is, What is causing the grogginess? Not everything you feel is caused by your pacemaker. If I had grogginess the first things I would look at would be

1. medication--some heart meds are famous for causing groggy, sleepy, tired, out of it feelings.

2. changes in sleep-either too little or too much

3. allergies, particualarly food allergies.

"Not everything you feel is caused by your pacemaker.."

by CatDad - 2019-06-22 20:20:05

Amen. Don't lose track of the fact that we're all aging into a growing collection of bodily glitches which themselves along with their prescribed remedies may be responsible for changes in how we feel.

But a guaranteed heart beat provided by your PM is an excellent base from which to conduct your management of the other foibles inflicted upon us. Gotta be alive to complain.

Feeling groggy since my last tuneup

by Running on Batteries - 2019-06-24 10:03:20

Thank you both for your replies.  I was not prescribed any meds.  I am on a CPAP.  I just wonder what other settings many not be turned on, to give me the performance my body needs to keep up with activity. I'll have an ecocardiogram done in July.  I hope it shows nothing, but I don't know what my next thought it could be is.

Politely Pushy

by CatDad - 2019-06-24 10:41:06

RoB, one problem many of us have is that the nice, polite people we've become to smoothly function in society can have difficulty gleaning necessary info from the production-line environment of the modern health care industry.

What if anything have they been explaining to you during the PM interrogations you must have had in over a year of ownership? The nurse or tech doing the interrogation certainly knows which settings typically affect your feelings; how forthcoming are they about what they're doing?

I think you need to be a little pushy about whatever is bothering you. That snaps them out of their routine and makes them think about your particular case, but it also adds an onus for you to articulate your concerns as clearly as possible and in their lingo.

Here's an excellent layman's guide to PMs than will give you the jargon you need to describe your sensations in terms they will quickly grasp:

Pacemakers Made Easy: The Pacemaker Manual by Carl Robinson. I have the Kindle version; there's also a paperback. It's NOT a Dummies book, as the intro tells you. It takes a serious read to appreciate everything a PM can and is doing for you.

But since we're talking about our hearts here, I figure you can give this the same level of attention that you would to your furnace or car engine. :-)

Learn their lingo and be politely pushy.

What CATDAD said

by Gotrhythm - 2019-07-01 15:51:36


Feeling groggy since my last tuneup

by Running on Batteries - 2019-07-08 15:44:29

Thank you all for your knowledge, Im glad to have found this forum.

I can say no I do not sleep well, I have a cpap which I recevied after my PM. I do not look forward to sleep because of this contraption on my face. Although the cpap is supossed to keep you asleep I wake up.  

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