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Endless pain?

Hello, everyone! It's been a while since I've written and am curious about whether anyone else has ever experienced what I am feeling right now.

I've had two prior pacemakers try to expel themselves from my body. Usually due to infection, an infection could not be found. A third machine was placed on the same side as the other two but deeper down under the muscle--that was in May, 2006. It's over a year later and the pain I began having after that surgery just won't end. The pain is t...

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Update!

I wanted to say sorry to everyone that I haven't gotten to get on and post on anybodys questions. I read over some of them and just wanted to sum up everything in one thing so I wouldn't have to spend a lot of time.
Sharon we all do think of you and pray for you and hope that knee is getting better. Valerie your heart is amazing thank you for supporting me through this last hospital stay this past week.
To the others who are facing problems with doctors and any other issues. I hav...

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fast heart rate

Hello
Its been a while since i have posted anything but just recently i have noticed my heart rate is up tp 125 or so that is even in the morning just waking up,my upper threshold is something like 177 but is this normal could it be a-fib or from stress which i have been under alot the last couple of weeks i have had my pacemaker since 12/05 and never have noticed this before any ideas ?
Thanks Valerie
mytrose444@aol.com

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visits

Wow, Sharon will be very happy to read these encouraging messages when she comes back.

I really want to visit again b/c she is just the sweetest person. She emits this light around her; like a glow...then again it could have been the light above her hospital bed, lol jk
Anyway, I'm not sure how much is too much in regards to visiting, so I'm thinking maybe one more time...I'm not too sure....suggestions please? hehe. thanks.

It was quite an adventure getting there thou...

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Life after having PM

Hi All,

Will PM really make you do the activites that you havnt done for a long time because of your heart problem? My girlfriend, is now unconscious because she experienced shortness of breathing yesterday resulting to heart attack i guess,.. The Doctor recommends that she needs to have a PM,.. She has a cardiomyopathy.. does anyone of you have the same condition as her before? does it true that PM will add another 10 yrs for you to live? I guess this one will depend on you right?...

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ICD then ablation???

hello,
i recieved an icd in dec. of 2006 for which appears to be a viral cardiomopthy. i have since improved about 90%. the problem is that about 11/2 ago i recieved 4 shocks in one day from av node arrhythmia. my doctor said no big deal i will take you into the lab and do ablation. this was about a month ago and i am still feeling awful from it. i have off and on again burnning over my entire chest, i have not been able to wear a bra for a full day has it feels uncomfortable, just overal...

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PM & Security devices

Just yesterday my cardiologist and Medtronic emploee told me again it is important not to remain in between the security pillars at the entry to retail stores.

According to them, these devices definitely do interfere with the PM operation if you remain within the field.

Do not pause when going through these security devices. Better safe than sorry when it comes to your heart & health.

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Any distance athletes out there?

Hi,

I got my pacemaker implant last year and I'm curious to know if there are other people out there with an implant that run marathons and compete in Ironmans.

It would be interesting to compare training notes...

Martine

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Is pregnancy a problem?

I am new to the pm world, so I was curious if pregnancy has more complications with a pacemaker than a normal pregnancy? I am 28 and had a catheter ablation that went awry, which led to me having heart block, and then the pacemaker...but I really want to start a family soon...any advice out there?

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Sharon's Update

Hi pacers,
Well, I saw our wonderful Sharon today at the hospital (the same hospital she had her PM implant) and her knee replacement went well.
She is in good hands. The nurse on call was very nice to her and he said, "I just met her when I got on shift today, and she is just lovely", so as you can see, she has that instant effect on people.
She wanted to tell all of you that she truly appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers, and that you are such wonderful people on this s...

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I done flipped my pace maker..

Okay so here is the deal...this is kinda funny really. I was leaning over last week to hit a friend of mine with a book and I laid back down (we were on the beach) and I felt something funny in the area of my PM abut the same time my friend did this weird gasping sound. She pointed and I looked down and my PM wasn't laying flat...it was on it's side. *gringes* and yes...it hurt. I put my hand over it and it flipped back down. Not very gently I might add. It hurt but felt okay and I started laugh...

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Here's a thought.

I heard this on my radio station that I wake up to each morning.
Is 99.9% is good enough and this does sound like a pretty good average. This means that approximately 2500 pacemakers would be improperly installed during a 1 year period. I guess that a 99.9% average is good enough depending on what it is you are talking about. Bowlrbob

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Alcohol effects

I just had an interesting checkup. When I was connected to my doctor's computer, he could tell when I had been drinking, such as Christmas and my Birthday, by the spikes of dysrhythmia when I had a lot to drink! Life is just a ballance of coffee and alcohol, and both seem to effect me. Combinations of the two seem to do the worst. The doctor doesn't think I can do any permanent damage, but wants to put me on cumidin if I have more episodes to prevent stroke. I think I have enough blood thin...

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Defib

Has anyone had the Defib part of the Pacemaker go off and how did it feel.
I think mine went off twice yesterday.

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Surgery scheduled!!!

Hi everyone,
So I had my consultation this morning and my dr. is going to let me wean off ALL of my meds which make me feel so terrible(YAYYYYY) so we will see how I feel the next few days with the drugs. My PM implant surgery is scheduled for this Friday morning, June 8th. I am now excited and all of the sudden my husband is nervous. I think that has partly to do with the fact that my parents are coming down to help out just for a couple days while I recover, so he has to deal with his...

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Running After Pacemaker

I would consider myself a good distance runner but, this last year or so I've been having trouble breathing while I was running. I went from running 5min 30sec a mile to barely breaking 7min 30sec a mile. There were a few other symptoms, such as lightheadedness, syncope, bradycardia, etc.., that lead to me seeing my Doctor and the diagnosis that I need a pacemaker. I am 24 year old male, and I am pretty nervous how I will feel after the operation.

I've read a lot on this forum and the...

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Introductions...

I recently found this site and was glad to see all the optimism and positive information about PMs and heart disease. I have read about 20 threads and feel there are many people here that can be of assistance to me and others with questions and concerns.
I am 29 years old, and just had a PM implanted 2 weeks ago. After the first week of headaches and soreness past, I began to feel so much better! I still have to take it easy though, as not to disrupt the leads of course. For someone who has...

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Is this my imagination?

I've had my PM 4 months and just ran into what I think is a new interference for me. My husband and I have side-by-side computers in an office in our house. I always sit at mine, and he always sits at his, and I've never had any problems with my PM while working on the computer. Today he was doing maintenance work on my computer, and 3 times during the day I sat at his computer. Each time my heart started beating erratically (pauses, then stronger faster beats, and pauses again) and my breathing...

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pain, due to meds???

My DR.s put me on nortriptyline 75mg at bedtime, after I recieved my implant on Oct.16.06. I have bradycardia and I am 30yrs old. They said it was for chronic pain.(migraine sufferer) I was having lots of pain at/around my heart and pacer, they said it was in my head or indigestion. Well, I stopped taking meds (cold turkey) Apr.23.07. The pains have now subsided to where I may have a pain once or twice a week. I was worried about getting migraines and haven't even had a headache. Not sure wha...

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direct tv anyone?

Hi people,
Have you heard of that new show coming out on TNT, called “Heartland”? The important thing I wanted to point out is that there are no cute guys on there….or at least on the preview.
Hahaha, jk, not what I came to post for, haha, but rather it looks interesting and apparently some of the “extras” are actual cardiologist, or so I’m told.
Keep your eye open for the previews if you have no clue what I’m talking about, which is common at times, hehehe.
It usually comes...

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