Recent Frightening Experience

I'm 75 yrs old and physicially active.  My experience with a PM has changed my life. It has taught me how volunerable and fleeting my life can be. I work out 4 times a week;  my work-outs are vigorious but never over the top. I'm very much aware that my lifting today is very different then my pre PM implants days.

This is what happened.

I was at a meeting with a group of men  I know quite well after the meeting ended as I was preparing to leave and pasted close by a friend.  He said,  "hi Lee" and gave me a slight slap WITH HIS LARGE FULL OPENED HAND on my left PM shoulder.   For an instant I blacked out it was not noticed, however, my head tilted to one side and as I took another step I returned to normal. I said nothing in my bewilderment. As yet I have not discussed the experience with any professionals. I almost quite sure there is excessive cable line near my PM which are their when the time comes for batteries to be replaced,  Has anybody had this experience before. 

Thank you for reading, 




by LondonAndy - 2018-04-22 08:59:21

Hi Lee

I am intrigued by your experience, which I am just trying to understand a bit more.  Firstly I agree that there will be plenty of cable between the pacemaker and heart.  But:

1. How long have you had the pacemaker?  (Your profile does not say)

2. What percentage did your last checkup show that you are paced? 

3. When you say you blacked out but "it was not noticed", presumably you mean by other people?  What did you feel when this momentary  blackout happened?  When a surgeon turned down the pacing of an external pacemaker I had immediately after surgery, I instantly collapsed in the chair I was sitting in.

Many thanks

It hurts.

by Gotrhythm - 2018-04-22 15:25:51

Reading your post, I'm not precisely sure where your friend's hand contacted your shoulder, but I can tell you this: a blow on the pacemaker, even just a glancing blow is extremely painful. If any part of your friend's hand contacted your pacemaker, that would be sufficient to cause the pain.

A couple of weeks ago, I bumped mine--not hard and just on the edge--and yes, the pain was so intense that for a second I thought I could pass out. And after another couple of seconds the pain was gone completely.


That's my normal

by Jenni.k - 2018-04-22 21:49:44

I actually often have presyncope or a sense of passing out with pain. In fact, if I stub my toe I automatically sit down just in case. So from my perspective it's just a reaction to the pain and nothing major to worry about!

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