Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

One month

Hi Everyone',I just want to let you know that I check this forum every night.It has been such a blessing to me to read all of the posts and realize that I'm not alone in this.One month ago I had my PM installed.It has been a long month with lots of ups and downs but I am stronger and not as focused on "poor me" as I was.I saw my GP as soon as I got back home from FL where I had my surgery while on vacation.She told me I didn't need a cardiologist and wouldn't refer m...

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PVC Ablation

Hi all-

I haven't been on here in ages. Everything has been great... up until about 6 mo ago. I have a pacemaker for neurocardiogenic syncope. But have started to have a ton of PVCs.
So I went through every medication under the sun to stop them, feeling crummy on all of them, and nothing seemed to help. I wanted to go ahead with an ablation right out the gate, but my cardiologist wanted to be conservative. The PVCs are truly affecting my life- every day. I can't focus, can&...

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Exhausted.

Had a medtronic icd implanted feb 27th 2017.  Prior to that in oct i was 100% blocked on 9 arteries.  3 native, 3 first cabg 3 second cabg.  Doc unblocked all arteries in october with impella pump but it left me short of breath.  In jan he said ef was 20 and my signal was 128ms so he was putting a icd into me since i crossed the threshold of 114ms. 

Before i was short of breath but still got out and did the chores, watering feeding the critters and i was wo...

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Angry and Depressed

I am 3 weeks tomorrow since my pacemaker was implanted.I have barely had a sick day in my life .This happened so suddenly.I just can't wrap my head around it.I am an active 72 year old .Enjoy golf ,traveling and had a good life.What happens now?I read everything but it doesn't help me.Did anyone else have these feelings?

 

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Discomfort in pacemaker site

Hi All,

I received my pacemaker about a year and a half ago and all has been going pretty well! Here lately though, I have been noticing some discomfort and almost like a pressure type pain in the pacemaker area! This happens especially after I sleep on my left side. Also, my baby cousin pushed in on my pacemaker site by accident and it hurt A LOT!

Just wondering if anyone else has experienced discomfort a year or more after their pacemaker implantation!

Thanks! :)

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Post op

I am one week post op and can barely tie my shoes. My incision looks great, but with minimal exertion I get severe upper back pain. I am used to running 2-3 hard miles a day. I could not catch a turtle at this point. I am pacing at 60bmp,  which is way better than 30-40bpm. Why am I so short of breath and where are these back pains coming from?  Thanks! Denise 

 

 

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Re fatigue

Hi All 

thank you so much for your helpful and reassuring responses. 

Much appreciated. 

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How long before I feel less tired?

 Good morning and thank you for the welcome. This is my first visit to the site and I am so impressed by the care and help that is available by members for members. 

I am a young 77 year old lady and I had my pacemaker inserted last Monday 13th March 2017. The reason for my having it was sick sinus syndrome and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. 

 Prior to having it I was having some good days but some days when I was extremely fatigued an...

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Even more symptomatic after pm surgery

Hello all!

My name is Jen and I'm 36. I was diagnosed with Mobitz 2. I just had my pm placed a week ago. My question is, is it normal to be even more symptomatic then before pm surgery? I experienced fainting and slight feelings arrhythmia before but not anything like I feel now. There is no certain time I feel it. It's all the time. At rest. When I'm being active. It's like my heart is doing cartwheels and it takes my breath away. My pm rep said I'm pacing just...

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A V Node

Had the A V Node ablation done about 3 weeks ago. Still feel terrible. Can not explain to anyone how it feels. For those going through this, how long does it take to start feeling better?

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4 days post OP. How long does it take for your arm to become mobile

Hi all, I had a pacemaker fitted Monday(6th march 2017. I have sick sinus and complete heart block. I had it under the muscle. I still cannot really use my left arm. Struggling to dress, make food etc. I'm 33 and thought I would bounce back a lot quicker than I have. Can anyone tell me roughly when il get some movement back without the muscle pain? Thank you :) 

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Returning to a normal life with 2 young children

Hi everyone, 

This is my first post! I am a 31 year old mama to a 5yo and 2yo. I had a dual chamber PM implanted 11 days ago following an admission to hospital when I presented at A&E complaining of head pain and dizziness when moving, plus constant shortness of breathe and palpitations which I had been trying to ignore for a week or two.

 After an ECG I was told I had a total heart block and my symptoms wouldn't go away without a PM so after 20hrs of observ...

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Still tender after 8 weeks

Tomorrow, March 8th, I will be 8 weeks post-op from receiving my pacrmaker.

For the most part I have healed very nicely. However, now it is just constantly tender around the location of my pacemaker. It's almost as though the area below my skin is extremely raw or tender most of the time. Is this normal or should I be worried that my skin is wearing away and I may need to have additional surgery done?

My pacemaker was implanted on January 11.

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A Fib isuue

Hi guys and girls;

Thank you for any feedback you can send.

I have had A/F for some time now and have a biontronik pacemaker but my hear goes to fast sometimes also so am taking digoxin, 2 little blue tabs daily, plus elequis cause had a mini stroke last year.. was taking cartia at the time but ended up not strong enough hence elequis... my real enquiry is has anyone had flutter ablation done.. my cariol Michael Kilbourne at RPA  Has suggested cardiac ablation to stop the atr...

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3 Days Post Op

On Friday, I joined those of us who are "electrified" with my very own Boston Scientific Accolade MRI EL.  They tell me the surgery was a success and my resting pulse is above 50 for the first time in my adult life.  

I feel like I've been punched in the shoulder a few times but some Tylenol and ice are keeping the pain reasonable.  

Looking forward to the pain easing off and getting out and walking some.  The weather in North Carolina should be f...

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6 weeks post op...scar very tender in a couple of places

Just wondering if it is normal to have the scar so tender to touch.  Even clothing can bother it.  I feel like there is a bumpy area near the  top of the scar.  Could that be the lead?  I am just feeling insecure about the pain.

I was in  about 5 days ago to have a spitting stitch dug out of the bottom end of the scar and now that finally is looking better.

I think part of why I am concerned is that the scar from where my SICD was removed (same day as...

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Pacemaker Surgery is Monday 3/6/17

Scared stiff.  Pacemaker  surgery will be this Monday.  Three weeks ago I passed out for a very short time in Walmart and 911 took me to the hospital.  My cardologists ordered a CardioNet Mcot monitor which has been sending info to Pa who in turn sends it to my doctors here in Virginia.  My heart has been stopping up to four seconds at a time.  I'm learning a lot of what to expect from this web site, thanks

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"spitting stitches" or spitting sutures

5 weeks post op and today I had to go in again due to a spitting stitch.  Ihad never heard of that before this  implant.  Today they dug it out (ouch) and it was a knotted end stitch that just wasn't disolving.  Hopefully now will clear up.  

Also, I had the SICD removed at the same time as having this PM/defib put in.  So glad that thing is gone.

Now trying to figure out how to optomize the accelerometer for rate adaptive pacing.  Iread on a...

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Caring for a young child post-op

Hello all! I am new here. I am a 30 year old wife and mom of one spunky 3 year old and I will be getting a pacemaker put in on March 15. I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia (POTS), Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia(IST), frequent and symptomatic PVC's, and now Sick Sinus Syndrome. I have been battling the POTS, IST, and PVC's for many years even before they were identified beginning when I was 18. I have issues with tolerating beta blockers to manage the conditions as they cause a b...

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Joined the club

Since this morning. About 3 hrs post-op and so far everything looks good

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Member Quotes

The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.