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Pain control

I have my PM surgery tomorrow 😬 and the dr said they only give Motrin for pain control post-op. What are your opinions on this? Were you given pain medicine after the procedure? I’m having them place mine under the muscle which she said will be significantly more painful and if it were her she wouldn’t choose that. Just wondering if this is standard practice or just my dr...

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Hi all. 6 days post-op from PM implant for bradycardia diagnosed after an emergency RCA stent (47 y.o., fit, Medtronic Azure XT DR MRI, right side implant). I generally feel great with little to no pain or discomfort. BUT, having trouble sleeping. Find that when I lay down it feels like a weight on my chest - center, not implant site - and I have shortness of breath. Issue subsidies when I sit up and is almost nonexistent while moving around normally during the day. I have a follow up ap...

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Newbie

Hi 

going in for dual chamber PM in 10 days

not worried at all about the procedure but the sedation is a different story.Hate the thought of not being in control as had a bad experience of having a hard time waking from a general during a knee surgery and never want that feeling again 

I m leaning towards asking  for a very mild sedation just so I’m comfortable while lying there for an hour or two wondered if anyone has had the same

also I hat...

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Newbie

Hi 

going in for dual chamber PM in 10 days

not worried at all about the procedure but the sedation is a different story.Hate the thought of not being in control as had a bad experience of having a hard time waking from a general during a knee surgery and never want that feeling again 

I m leaning towards asking  for a very mild sedation just so I’m comfortable while lying there for an hour or two wondered if anyone has had the same

also I hat...

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Postop Pain with Pacemaker insertion

Good evening. Thank you for participating in this forum. I have a Biotronik dual lead pacemaker, MRI compatible. c.2016. I am retired. I became increasingly exhausted, had a lot of trouble remembering things, and then could not concentrate, etc, ... I literally would feel like sleeping on my drive home from work. It was serious. I was diagnosed in the doctor's office, where I was having a preop check for a foot surgery that was to be in 3 days time. Instead, I had a Holter monitor for 48...

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One week in and not doing as expected

I would say after one week I'm definitely still in recovery.  For my CHF my cariologist had a biventricular pacemaker put in and finally got done last week.  Pain is subsiding so that's not an issue, but my BP has been over 20 points higher since and my enery level is WAYYYYYYY LOW.

Sleeping 12 - 15 hours a day, and unfortunately need to start back to work (50% time university lecturer).  I know some of you have gone through the same, just looking for qu...

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Late bruising

I had my first pacemaker implanted on July 20th of this year. The steri-strips were removed from the incision at my appt two weeks later (Aug 3). The incision was so thin and small and barely noticeable.

Over the last few days, it has begun bruising right around the incision. Is it normal for bruising to first occur so long after implant?

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lead extraction

hello everyone.  I have had a pacer for 16 years now, and after having symptoms of shortness of breath, lightheadedness and being to tired to do anything, they finally figured out that my leads are shot.  i am sceduled for a 2 lead extraction, a third lead to be placed in my left ventricle along with a replacement and an upgrade of the pacer itself.  gotta say, very anxious about this because it will be under general anesthesia, and they use lasers to get the leads out.&nb...

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New to pacemaker

Just got my PM on Thursday. My left arm is sore. I feel that’s probably to be expected however my bicep is “hard” (harder than it usually is. It actually feels like i have a muscle there 😜)and it feels like someone has got a grip on it. If you touch it, it hurts. My arm is swollen but not too bad but it does ache. Does this sound like its normal? 

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Pacemaker surgery, under the muscle

Hi All!

 I’m having a PM implanted next week. I’m a 31 year old female at the very end of physician assistant school so I’m used to being on the other side of the table. That being said, I know the procedure and what it entails but I’m curious about the patients perspective. I’m very nervous, I know it hurts a great deal (especially under the muscle) but I hate the thought of being awake for the procedure. Can I please hear everybody’s thoughts a...

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Pain around the device

Hi, I am 14 weeks post op and have been fitted with a Medtronic defibrillator ( not a small device!) I have woken up today with pain around the device on the inside. There is no sign of bruising or anything to see on the outside, I have just felt tender all day. Apart from this my recovery has gone really well and my scar has healed nicely. Should I be concerned or is this normal?

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anesthesia for pacer insertion

Do you want to here the opinion of HCP anesthesiologist on this topic?

Just today gave anesthetic management to the patient fo PM insertion.

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Post Op Low Grade Fever and Body Aches

So I had the PM implant last Friday, 5 days ago, and the day after I woke up, still under the influence of the drugs, and went out to breakfast with my husband. I noticed that I seemed more alert. More oxygen to my brain I guess. Later that night when the drugs wore off I started feeling like I was getting the flu and took my temp. It was 99.3 and my normal is 97.6. Husband called the doctor and they said not to worry unless it got to be over 100. I took the pain pills, Norcor, and that eased...

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Difficult to accept

Hello everybody 

I am 53yrs old and i have a PM since April 17th. Before it I have been practicing sports regularly. I was running 30km/week. I had an HR of 36 at rest and never fainted. The doctor suggest to meet an aritmologist and after an Holter they found 11 pauses during the night the longest 5seconds. I had other exams like ecodopller and stress test and everything was regular. I stopped to run and make other activities and the pauses were reduced. However I did af...

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Feeling your pacemaker beat

I’m 5 weeks post surgery after having a pacemaker fitted for heart block. Aged 45 and fit and healthy. 

At times when my PM is pacing me, I feel it really strongly in my chest, so much so sometimes you can see my t-shirt move with the beat. I have to move to sit up more upright or adjust my position so that I’m not so conscious of it as I find it really distracting. The voltage is set at 3V. At my 10 day check up, cardiologist seemed very happy. I go back in 2 months fo...

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Ablation recovery time??

Hi I've just had what I'm told was a succesful ablation for VT. (19th July/18) 

How long doe it take to recover post ablation?

I was in theater for aprroximately 4.5 hours under general aneathetic. The incision in my groin and wrist are fine just a little sore, but I feel totally shattered, I'm dragging myself around the house at the moment, I feel exhausted within 20 mins of getting out of bed, I'm also quite light headed Pre-op I was better than th...

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Pacemaker implant cost!!

Hello all. This is my first time posting but have been reading all your topics for a few weeks now. I had my Medtronic 2 lead pacemaker surgery last Tuesday the 17th. Everything went well with no complications. I spent 1 night in the hospital. I went and checked my health insurance website and the Dr submitted the bill already. 72,000!!! This is a lot higher than I expected and researched. I have an out of pocket deductible max but still. Seems to me that they just over price because they kno...

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I'm a new member

Last 5th July 2018 I had a Pacemaker implanted and next 10th August 2018 I am to have the second procedure, AV Node Ablation. In 2000 I had a Mechanical Mitral Valve installed and since then have had problems with AFib. There were 6 successful Cardio Versions, successful for awhile anyway. My cardiologist determined after so much trial and error with medications failing, the last resort would be the PPM with AV Node Ablation. I'm almost 70 years old take Coumadin daily and a little nervou...

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Pacemaker pocket

So seen cardiologist today ( as I’ve been in pain since 2nd pacemaker op 4 weeks today ) and he said pocket for pacemaker was not big enough 🤔 and he said can op to make bigger pocket or it will just stretch in time ,,,, anyone else had this problem ?

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Day 7

So here I am again.....Its been a week, I do feel a bit better but really expected to be able to do so much more. I turned 51 last week, have always been active and work 2 jobs. Now I can barlely take a shower, dress and I'm ready for a nap :(

Really getting depressed and tired of people tellimg me oh its just a pacemaker, my so and so had one and was fine the next day!!! 

I feel like such a complainer, but now I cry at the drop of a hat. Not due to see the doctor until A...

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