hi, I have just had a pacemaker fitted on Tuesday and sent home yesterday. It all happened very quickly as I was diagnosed with heart block and admitted urgently for this as I had 2 blackouts, dizzy every day and breathless. I didn't know anything about pacemakers before and so don't know what is 'normal' after surgery, or something I need to call the doctor about.
In the past I suffered slightly from sleep apnea [not diagnosed but my husband noted the symptoms and it usually happened when I was sleeping on my back], I suffered a verystrong scary episode tonight where I woke up soaked in perspiration, trying to catch my breath and a tightness and pressing feeling in my chest. I was sleeping slightly sitting up on my back due to worrying about trying on my side and dislodging the leads. I'm now very scared to go back to sleep! Is this usual or should I see the doc tomorrow? What about trying to sleep on my side, would it dislodge the leads so early on after op? Any advice would really be appreciated.
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I have had my pacer since 2005. At first it ruled my life. It took some time to calm down and make the mental adjustment. I had trouble sleeping and I worried a lot about pulling wires. Now I just live my life as I wish.