Symptoms with lead noise and PM end of battery?


im scheduled for a lead extraction and new device on Aug 3rd, but I've been feeling crummy since around March and it just seems to be getting worse. My diagnosis is vasovagal syncope  and am on my second PM and leads are over 15 years. Lately it hurts in the left side of my chest to lift anything and randomly thorough out the day. Sometimes it's a heavy feeling and sometimes it's a sharper pain. I saw an EP in May and he said my atrial lead is basically just deteriorating. I was in a car accident in March and the seatbelt may have sped up the deterioration of the leads but since then I have been so tired very similar to before my first pacemaker implant. The pain and uncomfortable feeling in my chest is annoying but also I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this. The sharper pain seems to subside after a few minutes but when it comes on it can take my breathe away and I have a hard time continuing a conversation or focusing until it passes. There's almost a constant dull heavy feeling on the left side. Any insight appreciated.


replacement time

by Tracey_E - 2020-06-29 09:16:33

Is it possible your battery has gone into end of service mode? When this happens, it cuts back on function so it keeps us safe but no longer goes up and down like it did before so if you pace a lot it's not going to feel good. 

When I had a lot of lead noise, I never felt a thing. My battery depleted very quickly because they had to crank up the juice to get the signal through, but I never felt any different. 

Pain on movement of arm

by Selwyn - 2020-06-29 12:05:12

The pain is likely to be musculo-skeletal ie. related to your road traffic accident rather than your PM. The fact that the pain comes on when you move your arm indicates this. 

Perhaps a physiotherapist would help?



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