Hi -- since I've had my pacemaker (3-1/2 years) I have had many weird experiences that I wonder if it has something to do with the pacemaker. It is the same sort of "feeling" that I get when I have the pacemaker check and a magnet is placed over my heart -- only it is much stronger than that. My chest will feel very heavy and I get the same type of feeling, but it lasts much longer and then I get a tightness in my throat and it makes me hoarse for a day or two. I get it when I'm in the car near some intersections -- and also got it trying to visit someone in the ICU at a local hospital -- or around big speakers or large fans. It feels like a huge magnet is affecting me. When I asked the cardiologist or the people who check my pacer, they all tell me it has nothing to do with the pacemaker and that it works fine. Well, I never had that feeling before I got the pacemaker -- it is very unpleasant and I feel like I had an elephant sitting on my chest for awhile afterwards.
It is so weird and I feel bad because I feel like the doctor, etc. just think I'm a nut case. This happens to me quite often and it is so annoying -- sometimes it will happen 2 or 3 times in a day and then I'll be horse for several days. I talked to a Medtronic tec and she told me I wouldn't get that feeling from the pacemaker. That doesn't make sense, because I get it when I do the monthly check, only it's much, much milder.
Does anyone out there ever have that happen to them? I'd appreciate knowing if I'm the only weird one in the lot! Thanks, ginnie