Day 8 post gen replacement and more fatigued now than I was in the beginning
Hi all, I posted here before but I'll repeat relevant information. I'm 59 and had my first pacemaker implanted when I was 41. Last Wednesday, September 8th, I had my second generator replacement. This time, they put in a different PM. I've suffered from fatigue ever since I had the first one implanted. The thinking back then was that this was due to dusautonomia which I was diagnosed with later. However that is pretty much resolved and I remained fatigued, extremely! And I spoke with a new cardiologist last year and he pointed out that my heart rate variability is extremely low because my PM does not have a very good rate responsiveness sensor. So his suggestion was when my battery runs out, to put in a PM with a better rate responsiveness ability. So the new pacemaker they put in last week is one that has a much better rate responsiveness ability. I am optimistic that once everything gets settled, I'll be feeling better than I have in 16 years. I really hope, pray, that's the case! I'm posting here because on day seven and now day eight post surgery, I am exhausted! I'm in bed all day, and I'm not really hungry, the most I can do is take my dog for about a seven minute walk. And that is very difficult. The thing is I felt pretty good on day four, five, and six. I was able to get up and dressed and bathe, chat with friends, I was able to follow movie plots (now I get confused because I'm tired), And I had a great appetite. The incision is healing fine and I have no fever. My heart rate looks good and my blood pressure looks okay. Due to my dysautonomia, my blood pressure does tend to be quite variable, But my dysautonomia has been much better, almost resolved. I'm wondering if this is just my body reacting to a new device, with new parameters (I go in next week for them to reprogram it as needed). I still haven't returned to work, and I really need to do that as I'm out of sick leave. I'm just wondering if others have experienced this and if you think my hypothesis is reasonable. By the way, I take 60 mg a day of methylphenidate for energy (which I'm really hoping I'll be able to stop once this pacemaker kicks in), And even with that, I'm just lying around in my jammies. Thanks for any wisdom, Kathy
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I finished 29th in London in 2 hours 20 minutes 30 seconds which is my fastest with or without a device so clearly it didnt slow me down ! I had no problems apart from some slight chaffing on my scar - more Vaseline next time.