3week post op.. still not 100%?

Hi all, I'm 3 week post PM implant and still feeling like I'm having fuzzy/slow moments. Majority of the time I'm feeling normal which I now realise is fantastic!

There are no patterns to these moments but today for example, I felt a bit light-headed/off balance/slow, when both surrounded by colleagues chatting (I'm doing fazed return to work) and also when walking through a supermarket.

I'm wondering if I should try tinkering with my settings? Currently on above 50 night-time and 60 daytime.

It sometimes feels like a sugary hit is required, or salt or hydration. 

Any ideas?

Thanks, Dan.


8 Comments

I felt the same

by Graham M - 2020-01-08 19:16:10

Hi Dan,

I felt the same as you do for about 4 to 6 weeks post PM implantation, but it gradually got better and better.  Now I am feeling perfectly OK.

I think it takes sveral months for the body to adapt to having a PM, so as long as each day feels better than the previous one, we are on to a winner.

If you give it some time, you'll be back to normal before you know it.

Graham.

Not 100%?

by Bigdan - 2020-01-09 03:16:22

Thanks for the reply Graham. Thats good to hear.

Regards,

Dan.

Maybe get your bloods checked . . .

by Gemita - 2020-01-09 03:18:00

to make sure that all is well first. Cravings for salt and something sweet could point to a health problem but your doctor can rule that out.  In the meantime keep well hydrated and have something to eat if you come over weak. The fact that you feel good a lot of the time is a good sign though.

Personally I wouldnt tinker with the settings.  It is too early and your doctors will probably need to assess how well the present settings are working for you first and this will take time.  

I remember immediately after my pacemaker implant I was having several problems.  I felt weak, often struggled with my energy levels as though I couldnt get enough fuel in the tank is the best way to describe how it was for me.  But over several weeks my body slowly got used to being paced and now I am sleeping better, have more energy and all those cravings for extra fuel have disappeared.

Give your body time to adjust is my advice and remember any surgical procedure, however minor, will cause some trauma to our body. I wish you well Dan

100%?

by Bigdan - 2020-01-09 03:55:29

Thank you gemita, I did have a few unsettled nights thinking about it, waking very early in the morning, but that seems to have passed.

Also Dan

by Gemita - 2020-01-09 05:40:59

remember your Pacing clinic is always a good place to get advice.  Presumably you will be going back for your early device check in a few weeks so you can ask them about your symptoms to see whether your interrogation downloaded data shows anything significant.  In the meantime, if you are at all concerned, keep a diary note (time and date) of when your symptoms occur, what symptoms you have and for how long.

I would prepare a list of questions too in readiness for your first check and one of the many questions you could perhaps ask is whether a higher minimum heart rate would suit you better??  My heart rate prior to pacemaker implant was always well below 60 bpm during the day and I felt awful.  My minimum heart rate is now set to 70 bpm day and night and what a difference.   

3week post op.. still not 100%?

by Bigdan - 2020-01-09 07:30:06

Thats what I am wondering if its worth a try. I've read on various forums of folk tinkering with the lower limit pacing but also hear about others who sound instantly fixed.

Cardiology department here have been fantastic and I can pop in anytime.

Thanks for taking time to reply. 

Regards, Dan.

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by Pacer2019 - 2020-01-09 13:25:38

Agree .... give it some more time. Great you are getting back in the swing.

i did take it as an opportunity to get all my blood tested ...even had my heart arteries checked out. 

3week post op.. still not 100%?

by Bigdan - 2020-01-09 13:30:32

Have just been out up a local hill (Dodd wood) and didn't feel great going up but once descending started to feel much better again.

Hopefully sleep well tonight and see how tomorrow goes.

Thanks for the reply.

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