i just got my first pacemaker after experiencing quite a few episodes of prolonged syncope with asystole theoughout the years. I also have hashimotos and a slew of other issues that aren't quite bad enough for treatment yet- we are just "watching". I just got my pacer last Tuesday and was able to go back to work today (also I am 23 F, so any tips about getting a pacemaker at a young age are appreciated!). i have way more energy than I ever have before and getting my PM has already been amazing- even after 5 days. I've also dropped some weight already- did this happen to anyone else? I'm assuming due to the increase in my metabolic rate?
edited to add: I have the antibodies for Hashimotos, but my TSH levels are fine. Taking synthroid would cause me to be hyperthyroid, so I get blood work every 6 months to check my TSH levels. My doctors want to take thjngs one step at a time to determine what treatment works best, and the cardiac stuff was the most pressing.
I've been to nearly a dozen doctors that told me my symptoms are psychosomatic, hence the multitude of episodes. It took me years to be listened to. My current doctor, who is fantastic, put me on two medications and I tried the POTS exercise therapy program, as well as supplement changes, to determine what we are really working with here to make sure that surgery really was my last resort. It ended up being the last resort for me, but I do feel better knowing that I gave everything else a good effort. Today I am a week out from surgery, back to work, and feeling pretty good!