Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Nausea & weight loss

It's been a few weeks since I've had my PM, I feel fine and all but I have had severe nausea 24/7. No vomiting, no appetite, not even parched which is really akward since I'm an athlete and used to drinking over a gallon of water a day. So far im down 14 lbs..not healthy at all. I'm a nutritionist so I know how important it is for me to eat, but unfortunately I'm severely nauases. Has any one else experienced this??

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Lead Extraction

Hi All,

Has anyone had to have their wires removed?

I was suppose to be having my pacemaker buried under the muscle, but after much consideration, the doctors have decided that removing my current pacemaker and wires and then putting in a mirca pacemaker (the new leadless ones - that are inserted through the leg & into the heart) is the best option for me, due to complications with my current pacemaker and also my age (im 22).

Just wondering if anyone has been through th...

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Anxiety After Pacemaker Implantation

I had a CRT-P pacemaker implanted a month ago. Feeling ok when I am at home but when I go out I feel anxious and shaky. Can this be from pacemaker settings?  I see my EP in two weeks but meanwhile I’d like to know if anyone else has felt this way. 

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Subcutaneous ICD

Greetings.  Anyone out there have any insight on how long the recovery time is for a subcutaneous ICD?  Doc says 4 - 6 weeks.  People online are saying 2 months to 6 months!  Any firsthand experience would be appreciated.  Thanks.

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Pacemaker

Hi,

I’m glad I found this club, I had my pacemaker fitted 6 days ago 12 February 18

I discoverd I needed a pacemaker during a a medical checkup I felt no symptoms before hand I’m 70 on Tuesday 20th This was all a total shock to me  I consider myself fighting fit and I’m still working reduced hours this all happened within 2 weeks. My wound appears to be healing ok and I’m  just taking paracetamol for the pain.I loosely tied left hand to...

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Newbie / 1st post

I had a very uncomfortable/traumatic experience when my pacemaker was fitted - it is 3 weeks since this - my scar is great and bruising minimal and it it almost completely comfortable- BUT I am exhausted all the time - low energy and motivation to get on.

i have had an ecg all is working well although needs adjustment as it’s beating all the time. 

When will I stop feeling so tired ? Is this feeling normal at this stage ?

 

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5 days till CRT-d

Hi,

I'm new on here and from the UK. Scheduled for pacemaker op next week. Pretty fit, walk 5k a day bit of jogging and surfing, can do pretty much everything but EF won't budge over 30%. Diagnosed 7 months ago, had breathing issues and fluid on chest. All that went after 2 weeks of medication and no alcohol. Basically have chemo induced cardiomyopathy from treatment 38 years ago (I'm 46) and a LBBB (qrs 140). Main thing I'm worried about is after the op, could my wellbe...

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Wires but no pacemaker? Huh?

A friend had open heart surgery yesterday. One valve repaired, one valve replaced and one artery by-pass. He seems to be doing very well, but in addition to the obvious surgery site, he now has wires sticking out of his chest.

The nurse was asked what the wires were for and he said they were pacemaker wires in case a pacemaker was needed.

???

Doesn't anyone know about this? Do they often place the wires and wait on the pacemaker?

And what about the wires stick...

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Surgery & Recovery

PM placed 02/12/18. Overnight for antibiotics via IV. Severe reaction to anitbiotics--otherwise placement went well. Three days later feeling much better as the allergic reaction is subsiding.First time ever being allergic to any antibiotics, so just bad luck on that.

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Pacemaker

I was operated on 01/15/18. I am really amazed how much better I feel. Every

pain and ache,tiredness,nussea,dizzy feeling,ect. has left my body. I am so bless that they found out that I had a heart problem.

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A little pain

Haý guys im 10 days post op and the past copple of days in one spot just below the incision mostly of a morning i feel this sensation like carpet burn.

I still have stitches thay come out in 5 days here where i am the drs recomend to have stitches out 2 weeks post of after antibiotics for a week and no showering till stitches are out. Can spongebath witch i have been doing every day theres no redness and the feeling goes away after after a copple of hours.

I had taken antib...

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3rd move in 1 year. - under muscle???

Hi All,

Just wondering if any of you have had your pacemaker moved from a pocket to under the muscle? I had my pacemaker put in October 2016. I have it moved in April 2017 and now I am having it moved again but this time under the muscle (this is happening over the next couple of weeks).

I have had problems since day 1 with the pacemaker. I just will not stay in one place, it likes to move around the pocket, it turns over and stands up, which causes quite a lot of pain.

Has...

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Hot tubs and pacemakers

I’m 56 and had a pacemaker implanted 3+ weeks ago and was told by my electrophysiologist I can never use my hot tub again because the jet pressure could/would interfere with the device.

Member feedback appreciated, thanks!

Joe B from Long Island 

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What’s next?

im 5 days post implantation. I still have the original water resistant bandage. I go Tuesday for the pm check and Friday for bandage and staple removal. Man does it itch right now! I was told not to raise my arm.. no push, pull, tug, tow, reach up or behind.. is it bad that I’ve slipped up and woken up with both arms above my head on one occasion? I panicked and now sleep in the sling.. lol.. pm is on left side so I’m sleeping on my right side. Is that ok?! I’m having what f...

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First pm first surgery so many questions

Hay guys first post on here im 4 days in from my surgery and getting my first PM i got a boston scientific accolade mri el dr L331. Treating a 3rd degree congenital av block of a bpm of 35-45. Have had minimal bruseing till today 5mg endone morning and before bed for pain with a fue advil between endone.

Now my questions are 1 how long is the useal healing time. 2 what are things to look for as it heals (PM shifting, colors of drainage, what could be unuseal, any pasific pains)

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Another question for my wife

So I posted a few times and have gotten great responses. My wife ended up having to get a two wire pacemaker two weeks ago. Did need some voltage adjustments and the doctor took care of that yesterday. But it's been almost two weeks and she continues to feel really tired and dizzy. At one point it was hard to breathe. We did go into the ER doctors medical assistance advice. They did a full CAT scan of the chest to double-check things and all numbers and vitals and everything's looking...

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new PM--will it is stick out less as time goes on?

Hi.  I just got my first pacemaker/defibrillator on Tuesday.  I was surprised how much it sticks out! Will it settle in ? Am I still swollen and that is making it stick out more?

 

appreciate any advice. 

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pacemaker replacement

I have a pacemaker replacement and wire upgrade surgery in 4 days time I've been told to stop taking my blood thinner (eliquis) 3 days before and no diabetic drugs the day of surgery I assume heart arrythmia drugs should still be taken. Are there any vitamins or herbals ie ginger, vitamin c,d, echinacea that should be avoided as well. 

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Not feeling well

Today makes 12wks since my pacemaker implant, I am weak, having pvc's, not sleeping well. getting sore around the pacemaker site. had an appointment with the cardiologist but it snowed wasn't able to get there. feeling very decourged today. how long does it take for the pacemaker site to quit getting sore. 

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New PM in wife 2nd post new question

So first I want to thank who's responded to my first post? I can't tell you how I really appreciate this club. All of this is so new to me and my wife. This is really a nice place to connect. I have one other question. As I mentioned in my other post she had to be in ICU due to some complications with her sinus node and her lower part of her heart not receiving conductivity. As I as I mentioned before she's got pulses happening at times that she actually feels trenching and it'...

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You know you're wired when...

Friends call you the bionic woman.

Member Quotes

I'm 35 and got my pacemaker a little over a year ago. It definitely is not a burden to me. In fact, I have more energy (which my husband enjoys), can do more things with my kids and have weight because of having the energy.