Most Recent Messages in Coping

Update on PM

Well, I was "soon to be wired " to WIRED.  I had my pacemaker placed on Friday, January 13th.  Of course, my pre-op room number was 13!  I had to laugh at my luck. Anyway, I was put under general anesthesia as I had the pacemaker placed under the pectoral muscle.  I did wake up with a great deal of swelling and pain and spent the night in the hospital. I was discharged on Saturday, taking Vicodin and using ice almost constantly.  Sunday I experienced severe...

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One Week with My PM

I've made it to the 1 week point and things are looking up. The first few days were tough. I was pretty much overwhelmed by it all. Couldn't sleep much, the incision hurt and I felt like my heart was out of control.

I nearly passed out a few times last Monday morning and had trouble breathing. Thought I was having a heart attack so went to the ER. They explained my problem with the electrical system in my heart and said they would do some blood tests but I might need a...

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Is or Has Anyone Blamed Themselves?

A month into this, I am getting caught up in the "Blame Game."  And I find that I am blaming myself for this predicament. Well, naturally, you cannot be healthy then be on a device like a PM, icd, etc., if you did everything correctly? Right? It has to be someone's fault. Of course not. But then who else is there? It's your body. Remember the expression: You are what you eat.  I sometimes feel that my body has betrayed me. After all I grow my own vegetables.  ...

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Who has had their pacemaker since they were a child?

Just curious to see how many of us have had their pacemaker since they were a child. I had mine put in when I was two years old, and back then it was the big old clunky ones that did not change pace except for set times.. so I had a daytime rate and a nighttime rate and that was it.. no fluxuation. 

It's like comparing and old rotary phone with an iPhone 7. The technology has come such a long way and I can do so much more than I could as a kid. I'm sure if you've clicke...

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How to remember not to raise your hand above your head

Hi,

I just got a pacemaker two days ago.  I am not supposed to raise my arm above my shoulder and find myself already forgetting and doing it.  Are there any tips or tricks to remind yourself not to raise the hand?

Thanks so much!

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?'a post pacemaker implant

Like I said in my bio I'm 23 and had a pacemaker implanted in august of 2015! I was wondering is it normal for it to be noticeable and the scar to look weird like some days it's more reddish pink than others! I can't hold things with that side for long periods of time, I can no longer sleep on my left side due to the pacemaker making it uncomfortable! I'm just now coming around to being comfortable enough to wear tank tops again bc I hated people asking me what happen when the...

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Just Got a Pacemaker

Just got a pacemaker yesterday. It was all very sudden and I apparently would have died if I didn't get it. So here I am the first night home trying to get to sleep but can't. My heart won't slow down. I'm sure I will fall asleep eventually but right now I'm not sure what I got myself into.

I'm alive so what am I complaining about? I really don't know but I sure hope I figure it out soon.

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12 weeks after op!

Hi All.

I had my first pacemaker put in, in oct last year. I had quite a lot of problems in the first 6-8 weeks. The wound would not heal and they were contemplating moving the pacemaker to the other side because of many infections. However thankfully the infections cleared up and the wound looks a lot better, not brilliant but it's getting there. 

Anyway after 2-4 weeks of no pain. I've suddenly got extremely bad pain in my shoulder and neck, it feels as though my ne...

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Soon to be wired

Wow, I am so happy to have found this forum. After a trip to the ER, passed out after stress test, passed out (after a few minutes) during the tilt table, and a second trip to the ER,it was determined that I need a pacemaker due to bradycardia. I'm trying to cope with the anxiety and every emotion possible that is setting in. My pacemaker is scheduled for next Friday. Yes, Friday the 13th!  I'm 45 years old and multiple nurses have stated that I am "so young" which does...

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Concerned Momma- new to all this info

My daughter has been having many sysmptoms for the past year. She is an avid swimmer and her coach, trainer, family Dr and I all thought symptoms were related to vigorous training schedule. She started having a fainting spell here and there. We attributed her symptoms to maybe she wasn't eating enough calories or a drop in glucose. An EKG at Dr office indicated she had a very short PR interval but pretty normal for an athlete.

Her sysmptoms were occuring 1-2 times a week so Dr order...

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Holiday & flights!

Hi All,

Does flying affect the pacemaker at all? And also has anyone had any issues with their pacemaker with a warmer temp? 

 

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My new pacemaker

Hello, went to a simple ablation procedure According to the Doctor and ended up needing a pacemaker after the ablation and complete heart block. I'm so sad about this. A pacemaker was never mentioned or discussed as a risk. I'm 52 was a very healthy active woman. I did have tachycardia ocacionally. I don't know of a person who has s pacemaker who I can talk to. My Doctor is not to communicative. I'm blessed to be here with my family but I do need to get over the sad...

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Happy Holidays

Totally positive experience with the St Judes Pacer ..  Absolutely no problems, pains , malfunctions ..  I am lucky and fortuniate ..

Thus I wish all Merry Christmas  and a Happy New Year .

Adrian

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Should ask for my pacemaker now or wait?

Hey. 

Im a 34 yo male who just found out i need a PM.

A bit of history first. For the last year, I've had problems with bradychardia. First i noticed after a tennis game as I almost fainted. Since then Ive had problems with low bpm, presykope and fatigue on and off, most commonly after sports.

Last week i got a REVEAL Linq inserted to monitor my pulse, and it only took my doctor a few days to establish that I have SSS, and will need a pacemaker within a few years.&n...

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New Drug for depression

I have had a pacemaker for 22 years and feel pretty good most of the time even though I have cronic afib. I am taking warifin for anticoagulation thearpy. I gave up with rythnm control drugs and ablations (6) about three years ago. I retired about 2 years ago and I am having problems adjusting. My local doctor has prescribed amitriptylin for depression and to help me sleep. I looked it up and found it may interfere with my warifin medication. Does anyone know anything about this?I am having a...

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Anxiety suggestions

I'm a week in. I received and ICD after a fainting episode as a result of V-tach. It has been pretty scary. Who else is dealing with anxiety over their implant. I had another bad V-tach since and the machine registered nothing. Should I be concerned that the machine didn't catch it? I almost went down again this time. 

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I THINK IM DYING. IT KEEPS BEEPING. STOP THE MADNESS.

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Braces

Hi guys can I ask if it's ok to do braces even u have pace maker ? 

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RateResponse/ settings

Hi all, Happy Holidays ,

Quick question lol.. 

ok Got PM 2 years ago..setting issues since , soo last settings HR 60/ RR Med High/ 135 high rate

What was happingin is when working out i have to issues getting HR up , I have issues geting HR to slow down,  as well as sleeping at 60 was still to high, Getting AV double beats HR getting to 180 ect on and off 60 sec , 20 sec ..

DR said its false reading , Have history of very fast SVT 4 ablations , all strips sho...

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Shocked and depressed

Monday morning - I felt my heartbeat was very strong and slow. I telephoned my son (a doctor). He advised me to go to A and E at the local hospital. They diagnosed complete heartblock (pulse was 29). The hospital admitted me - Tuesday morning had PM inserted. Most painful! - Wednesday afternoon, was discharged and feeling utterly shocked and bewildered as well as an awful pain in my shoulder. Thursday morning - had no sleep and frightened for the future and found this site.

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You know you're wired when...

Your device makes you win at the slot machines.

Member Quotes

I am 100% pacemaker dependant and have been all my life. I try not to think about how a little metal box keeps me alive - it would drive me crazy. So I lead a very active life.