a setback

Hello all,
I got my dual chamber medtronic on demand pm on 3/19/07. I had a tough few days then 11 really good days. I went back to work and on the second day I had an anxiety attack(I guess thats what it was) on the drive home. I had put in a 15 hour day(behind a desk) and drank lots of caffein that night. I felt good and not tired when I left. But this panic just came out of nowhere. I've taken 2 days off work and had the pm checked. It's fine and my heart is fine. It seems like it's all nerves. I have no history of this and it's scary.
Thanks for all the support you all have given me. This sight is a bright spot in a dark situation.


Caffeine & long work days

by winelover - 2007-04-06 01:04:07

Hi Rusty,
I too often put in very long days and mostly stay away from caffeine. I had my pacemaker put in on a Thursday last November, took Friday off and went back to work the following Monday, putting in 12 - 14 hour days 6 days a week - it was a busy time of the year for me. If I get any caffeine my heart starts racing, I start shaking and I get very dizzy - much like I assume an anxiety attack feels like. So maybe you're like me, I can handle lots of work and long hours but I can't handle caffeine.
Hope it was a one time thing for you.

Thank you

by randrews - 2007-04-06 10:04:18

I can't believe the value of the feedback and how reassuring it is to hear from you all. Since that event happened on Tuesday night I have quiet my night job. I'm not taking in caffeine any more and my gp has prescribed medicine for me incase that happens any more. I went back to work today and while it was tough this morning it got easier as the day went on. I'm at a school so I just need to get through the end of the year then I can relax for the summer. Again, thank you for all your help.

caffeine and anxiety

by Vai - 2007-04-06 12:04:08

It appears you are well on the way to recovery and reuming to normal life. This is great. A 15 hour work day is "punishing" on the body and you're putting a lot of stress on yourself (and your heart). Consuming a lot of caffeine to keep up with the demands of the work pace is not exactly a wonderful idea. Caffeine is a stimulant and one of its effects to increase your heart rate (it does in my case!). So you may want to use caffeine in moderation and monitor if anxiety attacks, if any in future, could be due to the combination of stress and caffeine.
Best of luck.

A setback

by Surferman - 2007-04-06 12:04:36

Rusty, after putting in such a long day on the job, it's not wonder that you were stressed out. Just being behind a desk for 15 straight hours would tax anyone, let along a person who recently had a PM implant. I think you got to feeling like "it's all nerves" and, now, you know why; none of us are supermen. There is so much "fear of the unknown with these PM," that's why we have eachother to connect with. You're going to be fine; just give it time; you cited so many of the good things that are going right for you. Let us know how things go upon your return to the workforce. Surferman.

a setback

by CathrynB - 2007-04-06 12:04:44

Hey Rusty, I'm so sorry to hear about your latest situation. That is really tough! I agree that a 15-hour day at work only two weeks after getting a PM is expecting quite a lot of yourself, and you probably should give yourself more time to heal. After I got my PM 1/24/07 I took 12 calendar days off work completely, then worked half days for 2 more weeks so I could take a nap at home each afternoon. Only after 3 1/2 weeks did I return to work full-time (which does NOT include 15-hour days, I might add). And I'm about your same age. The other thought I have is my doctor told me to go very light on the caffeine and alcohol for the rest of my life -- that both can contribute to heart problems in some people. So maybe it would help you to ease up on the caffeine? I know your doctor told you to hold off on running now for 6 weeks, but I also know you're "hooked" on exercise to an extent, and my EP said it was ok to do stationary bicycle or even an elliptical cross trainer after 2 weeks (no arms though), but I should wait 6 weeks to run. Exercise really seems to help me with stress. I don't know if you belong to a gym, but if you do, maybe you could substitute these other activities for running? I agree you're going to be fine -- you just need to take it easy and give things some time. Hang in there and know that most days will be easier than the prior day. Please keep us posted on how you're doing and know that you have friends here who care. Cathryn

anxiety attacks

by jessie - 2007-04-06 12:04:57

it doesn't surprize me at all and so just keep on trucking. you need to go through the activities of daily living and sounds like you are still in the workforce so young probably. it is also good to talk with your g.p. and get some medication in case it happens again. you still have to keep on going though and stay in the real world and eventually it will go away. it does seem like it comes out of nowhere and the mind is a strange thing. so all in all try to go with the flow. you are not having a heart attack, you are not going to die and so it is okay take care and don't worry maureen

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