Most Recent Messages in Coping

Moving ON

I've had my PM for 1 month now and the bruising and muscle pain are gone.  I've done my first transmission and was told that all was well. My question is, does the anxiety / worry / concern go away.  Physically I don't feel too bad and really think I'm recovering and doing ok, but my thoughts and worry is what I want to move away from.  Thanks.

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rhythm

Just curious, I’m not sure what you call it but I have a rhythm jump is about the best way to describe it. My doctor says it is with the pacemaker and not heart. It shows on my device check. I notice it every now and then but catches me off guard. Anyone have that happen?  Doctor says not to worry.

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Post PM instillation life changes?

Hey All

Now that I have the PM installed(One week today), is there any lifestyle changes that should be made or any preventative maintenance decisions? i.e.

See a nutritionist and have full diet changed(I have a decent one at the mo, Porridge for Bfast, ceaser-salad for lunch and meat dinners)

Start taking vitamins

Walk/Run 1h a day, ETC

Whatever it takes to prolong life expectancy post the PM instillation, given that there’s articles I'm reading s...

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Just had fitted a pacemaker

First pacemaker fitted I am 58 and now feel better than ever hope to train for next marathon for British heart foundation 

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New to the Club

Just received PM this past Monday. Was diagnosed with tachy/brady, with several AFib bouts in the past few months. I’m 58, played soccer most my life, and consider myself to be in good shape. All cardiac test indicated no valve, artery, or structural issues. Only lighter in the wallet.

Hard to get used to 60 bpm rest setting when I was “normally” 48-52 or even less.  I still get arrhythmia several times a day, which never fails to scare the shit out of me, bu...

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New to this pacemaker life

Hi, l had one put in 2 weeks ago, after a fluke finding when l was having seizures, l feeling lost and useless, lm a casual worker so l have no money coming in and dont know what my future holds. am l  the only one that feels this way or is it normal

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The struggle is real...

 OK this may sound really odd but I was curious to know if there’s anyone out there like me. I got my pacemaker December 16, 2016, making it now more than two years ago. I do not have any issues, and completely healthy and for the most part I forget  I even have it    But then there are times when I am very aware of it!   I am a very queasy person who has a very weak stomach.  I have a very difficult time touching it and honestly it creeps me out! &nbs...

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welcome to the club you didn't want to belong to

THE COMMENT, 'WELCOME TO THE CLUB YOU DIDN'T WANT TO BELONG TO' MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD.  ISN'T THAT THE TRUTH!

I NEEDED A LAUGH TODAY. TIRED OF DOCTOR'S APPTS, TIRED OF MEDS/COSTS/MANAGEMENT, TIRED OF NEGATIVE RESULTS/DECLINES, JUST PLAIN TIRED.

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Help

Hi  7 months in dual ch pm and im still feeling crap have a few good days then here we go again feeling shitty sick on and off for days been told everything fine with pm .its just getting me down now anyone feel like this 😔

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Short of breath

I had a PM inserted 8 months ago for complete heart block and SSS. I am still struggling with SOB on exertion. PM set at 60/120. I have asked if it could be raised, but told no. It is fine. Had several appts with pulmonologist and he says my lungs are functioning fine. Checked for asthma: none. Have been taking iron for slight anemia (10.6) but still SOB. What is wrong with me?! I am 68 and used to being fairly active. Now I can barely rake the leaves in my yard (left over from last fall when...

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New installee

I just had my pacemaker installed last week.

The dressing came off yesterdatay. I did not know the pacemker would show on my chest. I am a bit freaked out. Does that later fit into the chest more or will the view not change? Also having pain in left arm; how long before that subsides?

 

Thanks

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Unanswered questions

Hi guys!

I’ve literally only just stumbled across this site by chance tonight and after reading some public posts, saw how positive everyone was and felt like i wanted to be a part of this group.

I had my first pacemaker fitted 4 years ago but unfortunately had a car accident 11 days later which caused it to tear from the ‘pocket’ so had it repositioned under GA 4 months later. 

I was 29 when I first had it fitted and had no history of any heart p...

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Downward Slide

Hi,

I’ll make this as brief as possible. A year ago I presented with 3rd degree block, was diagnosed with sick sinus and given a Pacemaker. Exactly 6 months later I received an ICD. Exactly a year to the day I was first diagnosed, I was shocked while working out. I’m sliding down a slippery slope to a state of unhealthy and I’m terrified. I just turned 50 and have been exceptionally healthy my entire life. There has been no diagnosis in a year, just two devices and inc...

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Pacemaker

Hi,  I am in my 60''s with a pacemaker placed 2 months ago for AV node block with bradycardia and arrhythmia.  My question is about clothing and pressure on the pacemaker.   My grandchildren like to put their head on my shoulder as I read to them, one on each shoulder.   Is the pressure from their heads cause for concern.   Also my bra straps seem to rub some.   I know the skin is still tender and not concerned about that just if this...

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Brand new 4-4-19

Hi all, Mike here in Wisconsin. Never had heart problems in my family. I had been feeling weak, passed out twice, kids wanted me to see a Doc but I was a stubborn 'tough' guy and didn't. Last week I got a call about a job, then went to visit my Pastor. Twice during our chat I nearly passed out. I thought I better get my heart listened to. I drove to the local walk in clinic and with 10 mins. they said they had bad news. I knew it was bad when they wanted to send me to their compet...

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1st timer

where do start, i know i know other people have a pm younger than me, but i cant get my head around what happened. i led a physical life since the age of 18, i was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, worked construction for 40 years, even worked 3 to 4 days at week at a golf course when i retired. heart rate was 48 up and down 36 back to 44 etc. finally heart stopped REALLY, got me going and placed a temp pm until following day when i receieved my little friend for life. there was no heart i...

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Day 6...

Well I had my pacemaker installed last Wednesday at age 52.  I have been doing well with things for the most part.  The hardest part for me is dealing with these restrictions.  I am trying my hardest not to mess up because the last thing I want to do is have to go back in under the knife again.  Last night was the moment that scared me the most.  I woke up in the middle of the night finding myself laying on my left side with my left arm stretched out toward the headbo...

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re-pacemaker after surguer

had procedure done one month ago still feeling not great with a stomach problem feeling  upsetsmall cuo of ginger ale and it settles down how long should this last doctorsays all looks well and lungs and heart sound fine says maybe it is i am de-hydrated drinking much more wate rso far not really helping but will see because this is an awfull side effect since procedure  thanks fo r all of nice folks on this site i can reach out to    robert   arizona

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Needed help sleeping the first few weeks

So I'm 3 months post op and I was just remembering that on the first weeks after the surgery I had to put some show on netflix so I could go to sleep. To give a little background, I've never been someone to need a nightlight or sounds to fall asleep, but if I'm sleeping with someone and they wanna watch tv while I sleep I've never had an issue with it, even though I'm a relatively light sleeper. Also for the surgery I was extremely calm, despite everyone around me bei...

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ejection fraction

My latest news is a well connected and working CRT device BUT poor jection fraction still 25-30%...how should I interpret this..any views appreciated..?

 

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