Most Recent Messages in Coping

For Gemita to answer, or any woman

How do you females do housework?  Vacuum, dusting, windows, trash, And dishes. I mean since getting a pm i imagine your routine has changed.

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St Jude abbot PM2272

I am a active 53 year-old male and had a pacemaker installed in August 2020 with an AV node ablation. My condition is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy that I did not discover until my 40s. The first medication I was on after discovering it through arrhythmias was Verapamil. I felt the best I ever did with my condition while on that medication. As Time passed heart problems began to increase including atrial fibrillation. After four extensive oblations and numerous cardioversions (too many to count...

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Feeling better

I would like many of you to answer this. At what point did you feel better after your implant? One month? Two months? Longer?

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Heart pain

Hi

I had a pacemaker implant on 10th November due to grade 2 heart block.

I was waiting to see if it was a temporary thing but for the fourth day in a row I've had an ache in what I presume is my heart. 

It is not unbearable but when resting or at night it is like a tooth ache and I am needing to take painkillers to get to sleep 

I know I need to speak to the cardiologist but is this something others have experienced? 

Could it be healing still...

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New defibrillator

I'm getting a defibrillator Feb. 3 by Dr. Seger in Houston. Any advice about what to expect will be appreciated. How long should I expect to heal and be able to walk 3 miles a day and back to light weight lifting?

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Trying to get through these rough times

Hello, I wanted to share some thoughts,because recently I have felt so sad with my pacemaker and although grateful for science, I seem to be crying everyday you see I regret not to have asked for a second opinion. I had no health problems except passing out. Eight years ago I passed out on a Summer afternoon after having a Dejavu moment.  and they said it was dehydration. Then it happened 6 yrs later same thing and I saw a neurologist he said it was syncope vasel vagal nerve. Then the De...

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new

hi all, 

I just got my Medtronic implanted last week and I'm adjusting to this new cyborg feeling. I'm 31 and experienced Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) while sleeping on the beach with my partner. I ended up having open-heart surgery for a myocardial bridge unroofing, but my EP was still worried that I could be at risk of another SCD episode....after a long failed battle with insurance, who denied the dr. recommended subcutaneous ICD, I now have the transvenous ICD/PM. It...

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Post PM soreness

Hi

I had my PM fitted 3 weeks ago in 3 weeks time I am going back for a AV node ablation which means I will be solely reliant on the PM I'm feeling a bit jittery about it probably a normal feeling but just need some reassurance from anyone that has what they call a Pace and Ablate if anonee can help I would be grateful 

Also how long after PM fitting should I still be feeling discomforting around the arm  and shoulder area where the PM Iis it's on the left side&n...

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sarcoidosis diagnosis --> anxiety

I had an MRI two days ago and yesterday the EP called to say there were signs of sarcoidosis (I guess I should say "sarcoidisis or other infiltration," because my understanding is that sarcoidisis diagnoses are hard to make definitively). So my PM plans have become ICD plans, and I have been referred to a specialist at another hospital for follow-up, possible PET, etc.

Edited for brevity:

How do others with this diagnosis deal emotionally and intellectually with the shor...

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Can i go back?

A week ago I was happy and relatively healthy. After my implant on 12/10 my happy life ceased to exist. I expected some issues like getting used to having a machine regulate my heart. I was prepared for some pain. My EP told me I needed a PM for bradycardia and I stupidly and naively went along with the suggestion. The procedure itself wasn't too bad although I did feel more pain during than I anticipated. But it's the after effects that nearly killed me. A reaction to Vancomycin. My...

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New to pacemaker

Just got my PM inserted on 12/2 after ablation in September and fainting episode on 12/1. Loop recorder implanted in October showed my heart paused for about 7 seconds causing fainting episode. Hence loop removal and PM insertion.  Since then I've felt like absolute crap. I almost constantly feel like I weigh a thousand pounds and am being pulled to the ground. PM is set so I won't have pauses again, but I just feel awful.  They did adjust some settings (?) at my followup ye...

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Sick Sinus Syndrome impact on life expectancy

Hi Fellow heart-device owners, I'm a 47yr old father of 3 girls (aged 9 to 15) and was diagnosed with Sick Sinus Syndrome last month after a couple of fainting spells and got a PM fitted.  Was at my follow-up with the dr, but forgot to ask him what the expected impact on life expectancy is.  Any informed views on this (scary) topic? I am healty otherwise.

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Waking up every night

So three weeks in after my implant I'm still waking up every single night without fail 

At first I suspected it was the uncomfortable nature of the location of the device but that has settled down nicely.

I get off to sleep absolutely fine but after about 2 hours I wake up and then again 2 hours later.

Has anyone had the same due to a new lower heart rate during sleep?

Any tips on keeping asleep until my first appointment?

 

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Dreams are they really so sweet

I would appreciate some help.  This might seem like a fun question but what do dreams and nightmares really mean?  Could it mean that the sufferer has unresolved psychological issues or medical conditions or both?

Can our medication, pacemakers, health conditions cause bad dreams and nightmares?  I know beta blockers which are commonly used may increase the potential for a nightmare.  I occasionally get them with Bisoprolol and my doctors tell me that this is because...

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Pain at pacemaker area

I had My PM implanted 2 weeks ago  (October 19th).  For the first time Today i have noticed pain at  the incision area but it doesn't feel like it's the incision.   It's a dull achy pain.  Could it be the Pacemaker itself that I am feeling?

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Occasional soreness

Thank you so much for all your input.    I feel better after reading your comments.  Really appreciate your reaching out.    Thanks again      Trebla

 

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Occasional soreness

Hi Treble here  This site is amazing for information and support    Got pm in May      People said I would not know I had it    But occasionally it is sore and I almost always know it is there                 Do I get to the point that I do not know it is there ?   Thanks

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Body Image

Hello! I have recently had my first replacement surgery to fit a dual lead pm and the box seems extremely visible which i'm really disappointed about. I wasn't told this would be the case prior to surgery (my previous pm was under the muscle and entirely non-visible - except the scar) so i'm finding it a bit upsetting and hard to accept.

I have discussed this with my pm tech but I live in Scotland and everything is on the NHS so it's not something the...

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Pacemaker and afib

I had a pacemaker installed in May 2020.  Felt so good. Still was going in and out of afib for a day or two but not feeling bad.  Recently I have been in afib for over 3 weeks and feel lousy. . .tired, shortness of breath.  Had an echocardiogram Monday to see if things have changed since the last one a year ago.  EP is suggesting a cardio version to get me out of afib.  So discouraged after feeling so great since I got the pacemaker--a Biotronic.

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Heart function

Hey All,
So I am a63 year old female and got my dual chamber pacemaker in 2014 when I was 57. The past 19 months have been insanely stressful as my younger sister had a brain aneurysm burst,  followed by a massive stroke. During that time I was making the 2-1/2 hour trip plus a 1/2-hour ferry ride (each way) running back and forth between where I live northwest of Seattle and the hospital 1 to 2 times a week. Long story but she was stuck in the hospital for 11 mo...

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