First Time Here - Question
I was really glad to find this site. I thought there has to be something like this out there. I have a couple of questions but first some of my story- the short version. I have a Medtronic pacemaker model ADDR put in on December 18, 2006 and I am feeling much better. I had spent the previous 18 months knowing something was wrong and doing a doctor route that only added to my fatigue. Why was this so hard to diagnose? I was diagnosed on December 11th with heart block 3. My heart was not just slow- it was stopping for up to 8 seconds the monitor showed. My quality of life was pretty close to none. I woke, worked, slept that was it. The morning after I had the pacemaker I felt like I was alive again. I am 45. I still do not have a reason why or a diagnosis. They are calling it congenital- I dontknow if i agree- my symptoms had a starting point and I did not grow up with them, and no family history. They looked at Lymes and Sacoidosis- both seem negative.
Do you all have a reason for your hearts electrical issues?
The reason I am writing is that I have been feeling strange of late. It feels like my heart is missing beats and then it gets real fast and strong. I have gone to the cardiologist he says it is not the pacemaker he put a heart monitor on for 24 hrs and I did not have it (of course). He did not read the actual pacer info.
I felt a bit spooked but after some thought this is what I come up with I think my heart is missing a beat, then the pacer takes over, my heart misses and again and some inner program takes over my heart function for a while. I assume my heart can still miss beats with a pacemaker? I recorded the dates and times a few times can they check this on the pacer checks? I think it is normal or another idea after reading some of your input is that maybe the electrical stimulation is set a bit strong. Any thoughts? It happens when I am at rest.
One other thing- does anyones pacer site sometimes-just ache? It seem like if I am tense of straining my upper body the muscles spasm yet around the site? I asked the dr. about this and he said it was nothing. It is something, I would like to know what.
Sorry so long.