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Severe radiating pain left arm forearm since pacemaker surgery, deemed non cardiac pain

Hi, 8 weeks post pacemaker surgery, first pacemaker. First installation was complicated as was done in a superficial pocket that became infected after debark weeks. 
Then 2nd surgery to reinstall pacemaker in deeper pocket, with no post surgical infection or abscess thankfully. 2nd surgery was around 4 weeks ago. However within days of the second surgery I am experiencing very severe throbbing radiating pain in my armpit, right  side of the left arm and forearm. It ha...

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Pacemaker

Normal to still have irregular heartbeat after you get pacemaker?

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Pneumothorax Causing Back Pain?

Hi all,

When I had the pacemaker implanted, they pierced my lung and I ended up with a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). They put a chest tube in through my side. One doctor thought it actually went into my lung rather than into the pleural space.

My implant was two weeks ago today. Tonight I have a sharp pain in my mid back, directly across from where the chest tube went in. I suspect the pain is caused by the chest tube having been there, but I'm not sure. I'm not short of...

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Pacemaker

I had a pacemaker fitted in 2020 and every time I moved my left arm (left handed) it was rubbing on bone.  It was moved during open heart surgery in 2021 and was fine for a while.  It has now moved upwards and is grinding on my collar bone.  In addition it will stand up on end from the bottom.  I can hold both sides of it in my fingers.  My worry is that this amount of movement surely isn't good for the wires in my heart?  Can't seem to get any answers.&n...

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Pacemaker

Does anyone have same problem as me?  My pacemaker was fitted in 2020 and was catching on the bone every time I moved my left arm (left handed).  Had it moved during open heart surgery in 2021 but it has now migrated "north".  It catches on my collar bone and even stands on end from the bottom.  Can get my fingers on both sides of it.  My main concern is the leads.  Are they being pulled?  Can't get anyone to take me seriously.  Consultant...

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Pacemaker check

Is there a list of symptoms if your pacemaker is not operating correctly? Had PM installed April 11th and felt fine but recently short of breath, clammy, low energy.  Any insights or experiences appreciated.  Rick

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Could it have been a faulty pacemaker?

Hello, I just joined. I honestly don't know what else to do right now until we find out more from the Coroner.. my father had a pacemaker put in on August 30, 2022. ... I believe 9 days ago. He woke up this morning feeling very weak and extremely short of breath. He was very pale and clamy. Started getting very disoriented, he was not able to hold his head up and instead of talking, he could only mumble. I called 911 right away. By the time they got here, he had almost collapsed. The...

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The [not so] Lucky 1%

Before the procedure to put in my ICD, my doc went through the risks -- bleeding, infection, etc. She said there was about a 1% chance they would poke a lung. I fell into the 1% range. 
 

I have been in the hospital since Tuesday with a chest tube suctioning the air from around my collapsed lung, breathing oxygen to inflate the lung again. It's starting to look as though they can remove the chest tube tomorrow and send me home. 
 

I do not re...

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Veins on Arm Are Shrinking...

Hi,

I had my device changed about 3 months ago and this time it is placed under my pectoral muscle, left side.

About a month ago I noticed the veins on my left forearm and hand have shrunk. They are a bit smaller now when compared to my right forearm and hand. But, I have not noticed any swelling or pain on my left arm...

I'm thinking it could be that I have not been using my left arm nearly as much these past 3 months OR maybe there is a blockage of a vein somewhere??

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Newly Diagnosed as Pacemaker Dependent. How bad is it?

Helping my 80 yo mother. We went to see the NP today for a check and was surprised to find out she is pacemaker dependent. She had "rare isolated AP second degree blocks" prior to implantation 2 months ago. This seems to have occured right after surgery as her first interogation was showing VP>99.

from NPs notes: "Lead Testing- tested for underlying rhythm, she is pacemaker dependent. When PAV/SAV extended to maximum, she still paces the RV 
 AP: ~40%&nb...

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Pocket infection

I noticed about two weeks ago that one side of my incision (pm 7/19/22) had a tiny hard bump on it. I was at a hematology appt and asked the doctor to look at it and he said it looked normal. My vision is poor so I just went on as if all was ok. But last night I noticed it looked like there was pus there and I put a very tiny amount of pressure on it and a blob of pus about the size of a pencil eraser  head came out, followed by small amounts of blood. Is this wh...

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Pocket revision

Has anyone had a pocket revision done where they moved the pacefmaker under the muscle.  If so, why was the revision done, i.e. pain with the initial placement of the pacemaker or something else and how was the recovery after the revision.

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New arrythmia

I've been told I'm getting Atrial Bigeminy now and the technicians say they can't do anything about it and to talk to my cardiologist. I have an appointment on the 13th September. Does anyone know anything about atrial Bigeminy please. 

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New Pacemaker Complications

Hi Everyone, My name is John a 54 year old male and I am new to group. I received my pacemaker implant 3 weeks ago.

I am having 2 issues already;

1- Infection with discharge from implant site started heavy as mix of blood and fluids. Now it is slowed but showing green infection looking discharge which I am on antibiotics for since 5 days ago.

2- Pain under my left pectoral muscle which is no where near implant as that is on same side but just under collarbone.

As...

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Band-Aids

I think I'm having a reaction to large clear plastic band-aid they used to cover incision site.  Looks like blisters forming.  Anyone else have this happen?  I'm suppose to leave it on for 5 more days, I don't think I will stand the itching.  Calling doctor tomorrow.

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Pacemaker

Hello Dear Friends,

I had my Pacemaker installed yesterday and everything was said to have gone fine and was sent home yesterday itself.  I had pain and redness in the installed area for which I was told to take Tylenol and did so a couple of times last evening/night.  This morning I feel OK with my heartbeat etc. except the installed area (left side of upper chest) is swollen and also I noticed the fingers on the left arm and left ankle area are a bit swollen...not sure if th...

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Anyone else???

Okay so something is freaking wrong... Do they listen of course not!!! Same crap before I got pacemaker I said hey my heart is stopping...she says oh I'm sure it's not stopping... I said yes it is... anyway round and round we go finally they put in that recorder ya know the one they implant.... ohhhhh wouldnt ya know they call me freaking out you need to come in tomorrow we have to get you set up for pacemaker! She goes on to tell me I have a 3rd degree heart black I'm like ok so...

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Zio Monitor & SVTs

Hello All,

Hope you are doing well -- thought I would pop in to post an update and see if anyone else has encountered similiar issues.

As we continue to go down all of the avenues to investigate my vision/motion disturbance (which has gotten better, but not perfect), I recently was seen by an ENT specialist and also had a VNG and CDP test -- mostly passed with flying colors, outside of when they blew hot or cold air into my ears, then I was instantly put into vertigo for about 10...

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New Here

Hi, I had an attempt at placement of a leadless pacemaker, Micra, and the doctor made 4 attempts b/o high impedance.  After the 4th, they noticed that I had pericardial tamponade, and I became comatose and was in ICU intubated for 4 days, delirious for another 3, and recovering my faculties.  I am now trying to understand my chart and what happened to me.


The surgeon made four attempts at placing the pacemaker; each time he found impedence was too high.  What does t...

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Headache

Can a PM cause quite a severe headache that last for weeks please?

Any help would be enormously appreciated please.

Best regards 

Fingallian

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