Most Recent Messages in Coping

Is it possible to love my pacemaker?

This seems silly, but I do think I love my pacemaker.

My device was implanted mid January of this year. I am almost at my 3-month mark now. For the most part, my recovery was fairly quick and I can honestly say I wish I had this done years ago.

I just turned 37 this month. Since I was around 21, I have had what was diagnosed as anxiety disorder, and it's believed that it was caused by birth control pills that caused my hormones to go out of whack.

You can never really ge...

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Still adjusting

So 3-22-17 was my PM one year anniversary. I still have issues but nothing major. I've notice my PM response to anger is faster than my initial response so I'm trying to really be stress and anger free these day. Which I'm not an anger person but there's times I've been upset. I still get sharp pains in my left arm and chest from time to time. My EP told me to keep track of my bp for a little while because I was having dizzy spells when I bend over sometimes. But all in al...

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Anyone Using Emergency Alert Device?

I am thinking about obtaining the services of one of the Emergency Alert devices now on the market.  I see a couple of companies offer monitors that will work while the client is away from home.

Anyone have experience with these devices?

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Atrial fibrillation

Good morning.  I am new to this forum and at the stage of making the decision as to whether to have an av node ablation with pacemaker.  In 1994 I had a mitral valve replacement.  I have now arrived in 2017, three ablations later with a recommendation from my EP that I should go along the pace and ablate route.  Any help or advice from those on this forum would be hugely appreciated.  Thank you

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New Pacemaker wearer

Just got my pacemaker last Thursday and am trying out this site. Mine looks like an ugly purple catepillar on my chest.( Hope it gets a little prettier.) My doctor first thought I had epilepsy after a seizure and started me on anti-seizure medication he said I would need to take "for the rest of my life"! Ugh! But when I fainted again and my heart rate was 30, he told me to get to the emergency room right away. Thank goodness a tilt-table showed that the problem was my heart and a p...

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Feelin' hot

I am 5 1/2 weeks post-op and I am noticing that I am feeling hot more often than I used to.  Not a hot flash. I am past those, I believe.  It does pass, but it is unsettling. Could this be from the fact that my resting HR used to be 45-55 and is now no lower than 60? Or am I just obsessing over every little thing? Which is hard not to do!

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bruising size

Bruising is normal after the pacemaker implant but I had a large bruise down to near the bottom of my left chest and near past middle of my left arm.  Is this normal?

 

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Mammogram with a Pacemaker

Has anyone had a problem having a mammogram?  I experienced terrible pain during the procedure.  I made the Tech aware but she still hurt me.  I ended up with Soft Tissue damage.  Caused brusing an pain for a acouple weeks.

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6 years

its been 6 years since it was fitted, just feeling a bit low today....sorry, just want to share :(

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upcoming esp test

hi all thanks for having me. newby here just signed on. Well lets see i have had history of cad

61 year old male in great shape but with past history. newver open heart surgery but do have 5 stents over the course of the last 22 years. Ive just recently had my yearly run of tests and i thought all were going great. after all said and done my cardio said all good except now my ef is anywhere between 35% and 40%. stress test revealed i went to 97% of my mhr with an 11.7 on the b...

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Reactions from other people

I've been telling friends and family that I've had a pacemaker implanted last week, and I'm finding that dealing with their reactions is one of the more difficult things about the procedure. "You're so young!" is a typical response. I am 60 years old and have otherwise been fit and healthy apart from increasing fatigue and exercise intolerance, so I understand that it comes as a shock to people my own age.  I too associated pacemakers with older f...

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What is this strange feeling

Hi, I am new here and I need some coping skills. I had my dual chamber pacemaker put in on February 8th 2017. I was doing all good until about Friday. I have been feeling weird Sensations in my chest like a fluttering feeling almost like what I was feeling before the pacemaker was placed but not as intense. At times it's like somebody is flicking me from the inside then I have this fluttering feeling it's such an insane sensation. I'm constantly worried about if my leads are comei...

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Coping with the pacemaker

I had an implant in mid-January of this year, was released two days later and ended up back in the hospital for two days about a month later due to atrial fibrilation.  I'm a 78-year-old retired military who considered himself in relatively good health up to this point with no warning signs that I can recall.  Since the pacemaker implant I find myself suffering from panic attacks on a regular basis and many sleepless nights.  I know these are panic attacks but can't con...

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Support Groups

Looking for possible help from another user of the club for steps on setting-up a support group in my area. This was suggested by the Drs and staff of our local PM clinic and I would like to run with it but could use some coaching!

You can respond to this or send a private message.

Thanks in advance

Deb

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feeling the pacemaker

As a new member and only just getting used to my p.m. which was fitted on 6/1/2017

I have had my first check up and all fine.

The other night I woke up with a start and out of breath for a couple of seconds, at the same time I thought I felt the pacemaker  pulsate a couple of times, this was where the p.m. was located.

Is this normal to feel it pulsate occasionally?

Thank you.  Jillygirl.

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In hospital just had it put in horrible back shoulder pain

HI has anyone had pain in left back between should blade and spine. I mean horrible no  stop? The nurse said I have knotted up muscles and that's why pain meds are not work so when the doc come in she is going to ask for muscle relaxers I have never ever had a muscle hurt this bad this is crazy it feels like someone has a drill bit running through me.... I am very small so he tried to fit it a couple place I was asleep thank god. They put mine under muscle to try to hide it better th...

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airport

I am going tothe airport for the first time since getting a pacemaker.  How do I go thru the scanners? please help.

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New development

When I first got my pacemaker 5 1/2 years ago, except for SSS, my heart was perfectly healthy.

Since then I"ve developed a little of this, a little of that. A little mitral valve regurgitaion, a little pulmonary hypertension, a little micro vascular disease with Ranexa to relieve the symptoms. (no test for MVD so you can't know, you just guess.) And 6 months ago, near-syncope due to intermittent LBBB. 

So far, nothing so bad that something has to...

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Intro/Coping

Hi guys! This is a dual intro/coping post! I happened to stumble on this by sheer luck and I'm really surprised to have found it!  Anyway, my name is Megan , I'm 26 years old from NJ and had my pacemaker inserted in an emergency procedure January 25, 2017 (a Boston Scientific I think my model is Accolade)I was diagnosed with Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia in Summer '16 after running in the 200s for several days straight. I totally flunked my stress test (walking a slow rate...

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Pulsating pain

The message below was posted about 6 weeks after PM implant.  I am now about 7 mos out and for the most part doing very well.  Still have the pulsating pains a few times through the day and night that are from very mild to mid range pain lasting 30 seconds to a minute.  Seem to feel it more when laying  on my right side.   I am no longer on a beta blocker.  It made me feel very bad and sluggish.    Lower hr is set at 45.   EP thinks I feel pain and...

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