Hello all. I'm new to this club and here's a bit about my experience in this subject-
I have been unlucky enough to have had 38 shocks from my ICD in four separate episodes of VT over the past 8 years. Recently I had six shocks in Jan 2009 whilst on my way to the hospital to have an procedure called an Ablation because some recent irregular heart activity.
I am glad that I have the device and I will say that I consider myself lucky to still be alive today because of the treatment I have received, but I still have a real hatered for the anxiety it causes me and I don't think I will ever not fear the shocks.
My device has been checked and there are no problems with it, and until this most recent episode I have been shock free for six years (just enough time to build up a good level of confidence in my drug regeime) but unfortunately now I and am suffering with regular panic attacks and severe anxiety.
I consider myself to be strong, and I know that I will get through this, whether it be with therapy or other forms of help. I am seeking help and hope to get my head straight soon.
It is good to read some of the other posts about shocks, and individual's reactions and attitudes towards them. I wonder if anyone else has had this level of post shock anxiety and how you have coped afterwards.
You know you're wired when...
Your electric tooth brush interferes with your device.
Focus on the good and not the bad.