Problems in the cold
I am a first time poster and I very pleased to find such a helpful site. I have had a dual unit medtronic defibrillator since September 2002. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with others, particularly those new to the procedure. For now I need to find out if others are having the same problems as I am.
My experience with the defibrillator has genearlly been very positive after I got over some very long and painful left arm and chest pain issues post surgery (6 months). Since that time I only get pain in the chest when I am in damp cold conditions. this pain can be almost instantly debilitating. My entire upper chest starts to shake and shiver, almost hypothermic type of reaction. If I am unable to get to a warmer area it then causes full body shaking and shortness of breath. I am very certain that it is not device related and more likely itis related to having a large metal object placed in a muscle pocket in my chest.
Have any others ever experienced this type of issue?? I know I should move south and that would solve the issue but it is not posible yet.