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Hello Everyone....Here's My Story

Hello Everyone,

Let me tell you all about myself.

I am 40 years old, weigh 211(down from 245 last year), and have had CFS for the last 8 years. During this time I had the swollen lymph nodes, pressure in head, vertigo, forgetfulness, trouble finding the right word, unrelenting fatigue, palpatations, low blood pressure, and low temperature.

My primary care physician never, and I mean never, requested any tests for me other than the complete blood count, thyroid, a...

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another problem

well the year 65 seems to be the year that everything falls apart. to-day i found out i have glaucoma in both eyes so will take drops. i also now have copd but take spiriva and this helps immensely. i also have i forget the name of it but you can't eat seeds or corn lol so i also have cataracts and in november the doctor whom i saw to-day will operate. last but not least i have a pacemaker. the worst of it is you are always running to doctors and i hate doctors lol lol so here i am going to one...

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Cellphones, radios

Had a CRT-D installed one month ago. Before the procedure I asked the doctor to try my two way ham radio to see it it interfered. It did not; however I don't know how close to the device the radio was when he transmitted with it. I will ask next appointment.

The radio transmits on 144 Mc with an output of 5 watts.

Cell phones are typically 300 milliwatts so the (my) radio has 15 times as much RF output. And cell phones are on 800 Mc or in the GHz range, for whatever differe...

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Pacemaker extraction

I got my pacemaker in August 2006, the doctors had misdiagnosed my condition. Today after nearly 10.5 months. The pacemaker and leads were extracted. The doctor was amazing. Though, are there any side effects or complications that I should be aware of

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Working @ 68%

When I had my PM checked for the first time the technician said that it was working @ 68%. Can anyone explain what this means?
Steve

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? over sensitive

Hi all, I will try to keep my posting as small as possible as I vent my concerns and appeal for help.
I have had an attack of ill feeling (skipped beats) in my chest and was concerned enough to go to the hospital as they became more frequent and repeatative over a 48 hour period. I could feel an irregular pulse and became concerned. I am only pacing 5 or 6% of the time, having the pacer inserted 6 months ago. The hospital took bloods after assessing my vitals. All looked good except fo...

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My dad needs a pacemaker

My dad's heart beat is very low but he refused the pacemaker option. Last Monday and Tuesday he fell. He's 82 years old, should he go through the surgery or can he survived the surgery? Your response will be appreciated.

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wow

So, apparently July is a busy month for many pacers here.
I'm looking at my pacer b-day list and there's so many coming up!
There's more at the end of the month, but these are the ones that are closer.
With that said.....
Happy Birthday to:

1.Billie (BlueAustralia): July 12, 1942
2. Hevtalbot: July 12, 1979
3. Ela-girl: July 13, 1977
4. Angela (anelarhodes): July 13, 1957
5. Rob (radiebold): July 17, 1924

lol
take care my...

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If not for a pacemaker

Hi pacers

Thank you all for the Birthday wishes. As you know we live in country Australia. I am truly blessed with so many friends via this wonderful site.

My day was spent with my family - Husband, daughter and grandson. We had a special dinner at home which we all prepared. Fish. Then a lovely cheesecake. It was a truly great evening to sit down to a wonderful meal together.

It is lambing season. We have an orphan in a cage in the entry hall to the hou...

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Power boats a problem?

I have a question...Have any of you been on a power boat since getting your pacemaker? I'm supposed to go on my sons' boat (a 19 footer) next month and I'm wondering if I should be concerned.

Thanks,
Suze

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computer / side effects

First off hello to to everyone, but the reason i on the occasion get to feel'n weak, rundown , and kinda jittery. and im certain its got to be this computer. i dont know if its the computer or my PM thats the problem, maybe its me, i probably need to get my butt of the computer. anyone else get symptoms like this?

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Discomfort at site area

Hi Everyone,
well I am still fairly new to this group as I just got my pacer on June 27th. So far my recovery has gone smoothly, very little pain. However the past 2 days has been a little annoying. I have slight discomfort at the site of the implant, it feels as if there is a weight there. I know this is probably a normal reaction due to the fact that well technically there is a slight weight there. I am only 31 years old and would like to be as active as possible, but with that feeli...

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Panic attack?

Posted a few days ago (Too much, too quick) Nearly three weeks since op, the odd ache dizzy spell etc since then but yesterday afternoon became very dizzy, sick and numbness in my neck and from my knees downwards, Could not stand it any more so rushed up to the hospital in the evening. Put on oxygen straight away and blood tests were taken, after two or so hours every test came back ok, and despite still feeling rotten they sent me on my way. I don’t think they were overly concerned because they...

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Happy birthday Billie!

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my special friend Billie(blueaustralia) today.
I hope you have a lovely day !! Lots of love and hugs from Kay and Richardxx

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Pacemakers/cell phones

Hey everyone...first post here.


I am 32 and after a lifetime of heart complications due to a congital heart defect I had an ablasion, a patch to fix a valve, a stint to widen a different valve and a pacemaker all 3 weeks ago. I am new here so im not sure how easy it is to search so forgive me if this has been asked and answered.

Do pacemakers affect cell phones? ie feedback etc?

Can I still enjoy roller coasters and things of that nature?

Thanks...

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Pacemaker Replacement

Hi, I'm new. I am 31 yrs old and had 2 open heart surgeries due to congenital heart defects. One at 9 mos and other at 9 yrs old. I have been pacemaker dependent since I was a year old. I have had my current pacer for 18 years. Went to Dr.s last week and its time is apparently up. I am to go in next month for a pacer replacement. I am very unhappy though about the life span of the new pacers. Do I have a choice over what kind I can get? My current is a Guidant. I am not reading nice thing...

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Pacemaker replacement in patients who already have AV node ablation

I have a biventricular synchronising pacemaker with only two of the 3 possible leads fitted due to incurable atrial fibrillation. The two leads that I have had fitted are pacing the ventricles at between 70 and 120 beats per minute. Has anyone had thier pacemaker replaced with a similar condition as I am a little concerned that my heart will stop dead when the leads are removed from my old pacemaker and that could cause sudden death. I am of course pacemaker dependant due to the av node ablation...

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Rides/attaractions at Disney and Universal

I was wondering if I am able to go on any rides at places like Disney or Universal Studios with a PM. Are their any restrictions that anyone knows up?

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1st Battery Change Anxiety

Hi Folks!

I'm a new member here. Just came in for a little support.

I'm a 47 year old man who had my first pacemaker implanted in 1999 when I was 39 because of a 3rd degree heart block.

Tomorrow I go into Cedar Sinai Medical Center in LA, Ca. for my first battery replacement. Doc says it's a pretty easy outpatient procedure. But, for some reason I'm having more anxiety over this battery change than I did the original implant.

I'm sure many of you have...

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almost 4 months

I want to post an update on how I'm progressing. I'm 47 and got my pm in March for bradychardia. The surgery went well but I had a few tough weeks where I didn't think I'd ever get my life back again. But since that time things have gotten so much better. It just takes time, patience, and lots of encouragement, and it definatly was tougher that the doctors say. But I did get back to work(teacher), then my second job(painter), did a week and scout camp with my son, and tomorrow I take my fi...

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