Help! I need an Opinion
Hello everyone I have a great dilema and I need some opinions. I have a pacemaker since 2002 and ever since then my life has been a total blessing. I have felt great other than having to deal with my rate response when I am driving. It activates when hitting bumps and makes my heart race. Well anyway it helped me when I was playing basketball so I never really complained to my cardiologist. Well because of insurance purposes I was forced to switch doctors and cardiologist. The new cardiologist sent me for an echo and ekg and everything came out normal. She then sent me to a pacemaker clinic to have my pacemaker checked up. Well big mistake! I told them that I was tired (probably from working too much overtime!) and that when I drove I felt my heart kicking because of the rate response. They then started by changing my settings of the delay to allow my heart to work more. As soon as I left the clinic the next day I felt like crap and I felt it when my heart would get a kick from the pacemaker. I called the clinic back and they told me to come back in. They then did something else and I could not catch my breath and I could not play basketball! I went back again and they INCREASED my upper limit to 140! I questioned it since I have been 60 on my lower setting and 120 on my upper and I had felt great for the past 5 years. Once again I left the clinic and I felt slightly better. But I felt my heart being forced to beat faster. I then went back agin and they increased my limit even more to 160 and lowered my lower limit! to 50. I then felt really bad and called the tech at the pacemaker clinic and she kind of gave me an attitude that 50 bpm is quite normal for my age and that I should not have any different symptoms. She told me that it was all in my head and that I am the type of person who can't be told anything because I let my mind play tricks on me. In short I insisted until I went back in and she put me back to 60 but now turned of the rate response because of the really bad racing feeling in my chest. I feel better but not at what I am supposed to be. I had a holter done and my EP said it looked good. I told him that I need him to optimize my setting because I still don't feel quite right with the settings I am one. I just feel like going back to my previous cardiologist and having her set me up to my "normal" settings that I had the last time I saw her. It doesn't matter if I have to pay out of my pocket to see her since she is no longer my cardiologist. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. I know I am not crazy (as the current pacemaker tech made me sound like) I know what I feel. Please give me some advise.