Most Recent Messages in General Posting

pain after 14 years??

I have had my PM for 14 years, and I feel very lucky that I've never had an ounce of complications with it. I never have had any pain around the site...until last week. I started feeling very weird pressure and pain around my PM. It subsided, but on the outer side it is still tender to the touch. No swelling or anything. Im sure that Im over-reacting, but Im a bit concerned. Could this just be muscle pain, should I be worried?? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!! -Patti

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Lenora

Hi Lenora.
I along with a great many people in this club I feel.... wish you a speedy recovery form your latest setback, and hope that you are now ticking away and getting stronger by the day.
Keep us up to speed on how you are doing...Peter

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Another question!

I was hoping that some of you could tell me how long did it take you to start getting energy back. I had energy right after my surgery and now it has been two weeks from getting my pacemaker and it has started to be painful and sore. I have been getting spasms from the site that goes into my left arm is that normal? I have only been wearing the sling when I go out b/c I don't want my shoulder to start hurting. I also walked a little yesterday (just like a block) and that took like all the energy...

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a curly one!

I suppose a very strange one to ask? but when I lay in bed on my side, I noticed that my PM flips a bit on the side too! to the point where I can even feel the back of the PM with my fingers, I wondered is it possible that it may do a complete flip turn around? just a funny thought that I had? is it normal to be able to feel the back of the PM?only by laying on your side? it does not bother me or anything like that, just the thought of wondering if this is possible to happen? has anyone ever won...

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Tools and other machines - update

Thanks for the responses that were given me on the use of tools and other machines. I called Guidant, now Boston Scientific and spoke to a tech who is forwarding some recent reports done by independents and their findings regarding the use of this equipment. Seems I might want to check things out if I'm around more of a mill type of shop with larger and more multiple tools running which is an environment I do sometimes find myself in. That may cause an interference. The other thing about th...

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april 3

hello everyone.april 3 my pacer is 4 yrs and going strong.
i had heart block and had a dual pacer put in april 3 -2003.
its my first pacer.
how long does a pacer normally last?

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coincidental need for pacemaker

My wife and I are physical therapists. We have practiced for forty years. In 2005 my wife developed a decreasing heart rate, I brought her to the ER and it was determined that she needed a dual demand PM. A ST Jude was placed and she's doing well. Almost a year latter to the day, I developed shortness of breath and a decreasing heart rate. A medtronic dual chamber demand PM was placed and I'm doing fine. My quandry is how could this coinsidence happen? Could it have something to do with ou...

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Working around Electrical Substations & Power Plants

I have a storm restoration function where I work that if their is an emergency due to a bad storm I have to report to an electrical substation, located night next to a power generating plant and coordinate electrical restoration in that area. This means that I work right next to large electric distribution feeders and right under high voltage power lines. I may have to manually operate the station breakers at times. I mentioned this to my EP doctor and he feels it shouldn't be an issue once my P...

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~HI~ *wave* i'm new here!

So hi im christina. i am a 26yr old mother of one with one on the way. i have an abdominal implanted pacer as well as an artificial valve. i am due for a battery change and was wondering if any one else has had one done. i dont know what to expect as it is in my abdominal area instead of the usual placement.

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update

Well, next Wed the 4th, is the big day, I finally see a real Cardiologist.........FIVE YEARS has been to long to not see one.

It won;t be in Seattle rite off the back as plan........But a bit ok,

The Interior of Alaska, finally got a Cardiologist from Idaho, and he will be starting to see patients next week....

The most exciting thing is, he's not assicatied, with the Heart Group In Anchorage Alaska..........he's employed thur the group that owes our hospital......

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problems posting.

I just wrote up a update and it refused it......I have tried 5 times to submit it

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Hello Everyone

Hello! It has been some time since I last posted, I have been trying to adjust to the Sotalol. However, I just got off of it this weekend and all the irregular heart rhythms are back. My doctor said it was not racing like it did before I had my ablation it was just that every other heart beat will double beat. I was wondering if anyone has had this problem before? My doctors nurse had said that it can be taken care of by another ablation but she seemed very uneasy about doing this procedur...

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recovery

Hi,
I just had my PM inserted a week ago. I had Bradycardia with a rate of 30. I have been sick since 2/7/07 when I passed out a work- they did a full code with CPR- had two other episodes since then both with CPR--very very scary-
My question/concern is I have been out of work since the 1st episode,I am anxious to go back(I am a nurse at a very busy Physician practice,also assist with Breast Biopsy)
I am still tired,although not nearly as overwhelming as before
I have a stin...

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thank you

Yesterday I posted my first message after recieving a Medtronic pm, dual chamber, last week. I've some problems and lots of anxiety and fears and it was so nice to hear from people who deal with the same issues and who have been there. This site and those who use it have been a blessing to me, my wife and family. I hope to return the favor.

Rusty

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new pm

I'm a male, 47 who was training for my 1st marathon when I had to have a pacemaker put in last Monday. It's been a week and I'm not feeling all that great or wonderful. Everyone told me that I would feel great right away. I am getting better a little at a time but I feel like I have a rock in my chest. My voice has also changed, I have a cough and it hurts to bend over. I also feel the pm kicking at times. I don't want to complain much because I'm grateful for the chance to be healthy. I...

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spam filter words

What are some of the spam filter words you had to write in the spam box before you posted? Not random ones, but ones that can form some sort of a word. So far, I had:
jocky
moose
narcs.
Some people mentioned they had to write:
thigh
macks

hahahaha, this is fun :) or do I need to get out more? lol!
take care,
~valerie

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Officially Coming Out of Hibernation

Tomorrow's the day I get my new pacemaker. Sorry I haven't been in touch with any of you but I have not been doing well. Since March 8 I've been in battery-saving mode with intermittent afib and now, mild congestive failure. But all is not doom and gloom. Spring is officially here and today I found the most beautiful red amaryllis blooming on my front porch, a present from my 84 year old mother! She is also going to dog sit Abbey while I'm in the hospital because Abbey is recovering from a v...

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Help!

Hi im new to this site. Ive just been told by my doctor that they want me to have a pace maker fitted. Im 20 years old and the thought of having a pace maker petrifies me. Has any body got any advice or experiences they could share with me? If so i would really appreciate it!!

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~!~!~hApPy B-dAy~!~!~

Yes, that's right, another pacer birthday!
WOO HOO!
Happy Birthday!

Heckboy: March 26, 1962

which means you are 20 minus 10 times 4 divided by 4 plus 80 minus 35 minus 10 years old :)
Did you know you share this birth date (not year) with singer Diana Ross and actor Martin Short? That's some useful information right there. Savor it. hehe
Take care,
~valerie

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Log-in

Why does it take three times to log-in on this site. I had my passcode remembered and it will not let me log in. Good thing I wrote down the new passcode, but I have to hunt for it before I can log in. Anyone else having this problem? Judy

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