Please can some give me advice

I am a 72 year old man. I was very healthy and live a clean life. In June of this year I was rushed into A&E and then the following day I was fitted with a Pacemaker and then discharged the next day.

I am now back at home trying to get back to normal life. I keep experiencing hot sweats and not feeling very well. This experience does not last a long time but I would like to know if this is normal and if any other person has this experience.

Many thanks for any help.


post op symptoms

by CathrynB - 2007-07-08 03:07:17

Hey Kenneth,
Welcome to Pacemaker Club! I'm so sorry to hear you got your PM on an emergency basis, as that can make the initial adjustment (the emotional part, anyway) a bit tougher than for those of us who had some notice and got to do reading and research in advance. I hope your surgery went smoothly and your recovery is too, other than the hot sweats. I was noticeably warmer after getting my PM, but I was pleased about that because I'd been cold for years from inadequate circulation (slow heartbeat) previously. I've read on this site that some folks have sweats as a side-effect of medication they're taking, and others from anxiety. My only sweats are when I go for a run, or in the middle of the night (but then I'm a "woman of a certain age") -- I don't mean to be glib about it, but I find this whole life-altering thing with a PM goes better if I keep my sense of humor intact. So read the informational brochure for any meds you're on and see if it's a side effect of that, and otherwise talk to your doctor about it, since anxiety or other problems can be treated if necessary.

You've come to a great place full of caring, supportive people with your question, so keep in touch and let us know how you're doing. Take care, Cathryn

Welcome, Kenneth !

by johng - 2007-07-08 04:07:13

Hi ! Kenneth,
Welcome to the Club.
I can sympathise with your concerns.
The experience of having a couple of lengths of wire fed into your heart muscle and an electronic 'box' tucked under the skin is not an insignificant event.
In my own experience, the combination of medication and trauma was quite a shock. The good news gets better!
Weeks or months? It seems to be a matter of chance.
(that means I don't really know what controls the process of feeling better).
Your best buddy should be your G.P. for the next few weeks. If you have any pain or symptoms which worry you, give your doctor a call. They may not be perfect, but they can usually help.
Best wishes,

cathrynb and johng

by jessie - 2007-07-08 09:07:53

cathryn and john say it all. it is a nerve racking time. noone is without a bit of shock to say the least. everyone heals differently. safely 3 months but any events you are not comfortable with call your doctor. welcome to the pacemakers club. this was the best thing that ever happened me finding this site. everyone here can relate to you. we all care and will be your best support. seems no rhyme or reason to why? it just happens to the best of us. good luck ken jessie


by randrews - 2007-07-09 12:07:38

What everyone has said about covers it. I did have sweats at first and it was anxiety I believe. Like Cathryn said, keep a sense of humor and give yourself time to heal. The doctors at times act like getting a pm is minor surgery. But really, it is a big a deal, and we need lots of time to heal. It's been 4 months since I got my pm and I'm almost back to normal.
Please stay in touch and let us know how your doing,

thank you

by edith - 2007-07-18 04:07:21

hi jessie thank you for your good wishes ken

thank you

by edith - 2007-07-18 04:07:56

hi rusty thank you for your words of comfort i do hope that ken gets well soon edith.kens wifex

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