Most Recent Messages in Complications

Reflux or Gas

Hello all, I am a raw recruit to a Medtronic PM to stop pauses in my pulse and resulting fainting. It was getting steadily worse with severe pins and needles in the limbs. The PM seems to be doing its job as it is set at about 70 bpm whereas my normal was 56 bpm.
However since the implant three weeks ago I get these unbearable pains in midsection just below rib cage. It hurts if I laugh and to lie down but eventually I get comfortable.
First time it happened I thought I was having a he...

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pacemaker thumps every 3 hours

Hi my family is trying to figure out why our 9 year old daughter's pacemaker thumps three times every three hours around the clock. She's had an EKG at the time when it happened but no medical staff were present they say the jump on the EKG is from her moving but she never moved an inch we watch her tummy as it jumped three times. She's now doing a 24 hour holter. I feel like we're not being listened to because she doesn't actually ever loose a pulse and the doctors have never heard of a pm t...

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pericarditis

hi all! i posted a little over a week ago about chest and throat pain when i breathe in starting after i had my PM implanted. last week (4 weeks after implant), i was on my honeymoon in the Georgia mountains with what i thought was a cold that wouldn't get better and my chest and throat were starting to hurt more, so i went to a local doctor hoping to get some meds and enjoy the rest of the week. well, the dr heard something in my heart and ordered and echo, so the next morning i went in for an...

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CHF & 3 lead

Hi everyone. Another problem/question. My husband just had his 2 lead ICD (implanted 10/06) changed on Monday to a bi-ventricular 3 lead due to CHF. Came home Tues., went back in on Thurs. due to a low grade fever. Nothing showed up on blood tests. He was given IV antibiotics and now oral at home We finally got out on Sunday. They "think" he may have had a pneumonia in his right lung. When we went in on Monday for the ICD his weight was 120. When we went back in on Thursday his weight wa...

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Intermittent pain

Hi,

I made a moved my arm backward yesterday and got a sharp pain over my pacemaker site. It last about half an hour. It was a sharp intermittent jagging pain. It is still happening every so often. Could it be a box or wire moved over a nerve or something. Would be grateful for any info. Thanks.

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Allergic to tape

I got my PM on Monday. After surgery the DR. covered my wound , and used a clear tape to cover the whole thing. Boy, within a few hours, I felt a burning. I looked, and the whole area underneath the tape was red and swollen. They removed the tape (which also removed several layers of sore skin, as well - OUCH!) I had to stay in the hospital 2 extra days due to the threat of infection. Who would think -- the tape? Barb.

P.S. The PM is doing find.

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blood clots

I have read a lot on here about blood clots.
That people are more likely to have strokes after PM is implanted. My mom just had a stroke and I am concerned about that and much more.

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MDs are so specialized!

5-12-07 I posted a message about pain at the site of my PM, possible skin erosion, and the cardiologist's recommendation that I consider moving my 4-month-old PM under the muscle or breast tissue to eliminate the pain. A few days later I saw my primary care physician who noted I'd developed a keloid (painful overgrowth of scar tissue) at my incision. A few days later I saw a General Surgeon who recommended I wait 2-3 months to see if the pain lessens without more surgery. Today I saw a dermatolo...

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Shocking

My implant Shocks me as I grow and its gotten to the point that im loseing sleep and im getting vary mad and im ready to blow.

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Thanks for your responses re Mom

Thanks to all of you who responded to my mom's problems with chest pain, shortness of breath. Karen, I hope you are feeling better, and would love to hear how your dr. appt. went (1st week of May, I believe).

Mom is still having the pain and breathing problems, and I am taking your advice Smitty, and others, and seeking a second opinion from another doctor who is not affiliated with her pacemaker implant's.

Best Regards,

Debra/legalwman

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site pain and keloids

Lately I feel I need to be trained as a Private Investigator to figure out what, if anything, to do about my current complication. I got my first PM 4 months ago and things have gone very well in terms of solving my cardiac issues. The problem is I still have pain at the PM site, can't sleep on my left side, seatbelt hurts, and lheavy lifting (e.g. moving furniture, lifting a suitcase, heavy yardwork) and some other activities cause increased pain/discomfort. My EP says my skin/tissue at the PM...

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2 lead to 3 lead

First of all special thanks to Smitty, Surferman, Suze for your posts. It is a comfort to hear from other folks in similar situations. My husband wants to know if anyone here has had a 2 lead changed to a 3 lead and if so how did it go? He's pretty much decided to go through with it as there isn't much choice at this point. Again this evening he was having trouble, but we hopefully avoided another ER trip with the nitro spray. I'm going to try to call cardio tomorrow and see if there is any...

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changing from a 2 lead to a 3 lead

Hi everyone, I recently posted because my husband has been having bouts of CHF and several trips to the hospital because of fluid build up in his lungs. A little reminder on background - he has had cardiomyopathy for about 9 years and last Oct. had a Medtronic 2 lead ICD implanted because of v-tach. Now because of the CHF and it seems they are out of options other than a heart transplant our cardio wants us to talk to the EP about changing this one out for a bi-ventricular (3 lead). He is so...

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3 month post-op, too thin @ PM site

Today I had my 3-month post op check. Most things are going well. I had one significant dizzy spell 2 weeks ago, and they made a PM adjustment they think will take care of that. Because I'm back to running, my resting heartrate is dropping, so my PM kicks in more often -- 15% now instead of 5% at the last check. So they lowered the bpm to 50 instead of 55, as they say 50 is still safe for me. I've posted responses to a couple women who are still having pain at their PM site and are too thin ther...

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moving pacemaker

They are going to move my pacemaker from my shoulder to my abdomen so I can have radiation on my back chest area for cancer treatment. Has anyone had this proceedure done?

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Info

Hi,

I had a Medronic Dual Chamber P.M. install in March 2006 after collapsing with a full heart block. Since having the p.m. installed I have experienced episodes of feeling that I am going to blackout. These episode's last from a split second to 10 seconds. I have seen my cardiologist who has scanned my carotid arteries, heart, kidneys and I wore a heart monitor for ten days. In addition my p.m. has been checked several times and is functioning correctly. All test have shown that n...

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PM Lead goes down not up

Hello, Had a St Jude PM put in last Oct. Got Broncuitus in Nov and coughed for over a month. St Jude tested th PM today and said something was wrong. Dr sent me for xray and found one of the leads in my heart was going down to the lower heart area with the other lead. Now I have to go in to the hospital Thurs and have it changed or a new lead put in. Has anyone ever had that experience? Mr Frog

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Incision still bleeding

Hi, my mom had a pm in Sept.06 then in Dec. 06 she had to have it removed due to leads misplaced and major infection. A week later she had another pm put in on her right side and now here it is April.07 and she is still having blood coming from the new site. I'm wondering if it is possible that her body is rejecting the pm or if there is some major infection going on inside.

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pain at site,?use of tegretol

Hi. I have had my pacemaker since mid January and am having pain at the site, my dr says I'm too thin, the pacemaker is still moving around in there!! Has anyone ever been prescribed Tegretol for this problem? The dr. is reluctant to redo the surgery. Help!!! Thanks, Karen

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irregular beat

I have had an av ablation and am 100% pm dependant. I had real bad symptoms with the afib that all most made me crazy. When I got my pm in two years ago I haven`t felt any wild thumping in my chest at all. All I can feel is my pm pacing my ventricules. Feels like a normal heartbeat, although I am still in afib. Thursday night my body kinda got jerked around real bad and I could feel my heart out of rhythm for about 1 hour or so. I have not had that problem since I had my pm. Has anybody got a cl...

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