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Hi I am new to this club 7/4/20. I had a flush feeling,went to ER was discharged,called back and sent to ICU and told I needed a pacemaker.

I have lost my appetite but get so nauseous if I don't eat.Did anyone else feel this,?

I think I am getting panic attacks although I am not sure I have never had them before. 


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by Swangirl - 2020-07-17 17:42:05

Your message is so brief it's difficult to understand just what you are experiencing.  When did you get your pacemaker and are these symptoms you are having after it was implanted or before?  Being overwhelmed by emotions can cause all kinds of physical symptoms.  I hope you will respond to my message with a lot more imformation about what is happening so that people can give you more helpful advise and support.  


by Katganci - 2020-07-17 21:25:19

My pacemaker was put in July 6 2020.I wasn't experiencing nauseous before surgery. I think I was so nervous about the leads getting messed up I went into panic attack today.

Also, did anyone experience neck and back problems?

Thank you for you feedback

DIzziness and occasional nausea for me

by Protimenow - 2020-07-18 04:03:16

After I got my pacemaker, I went through what seemed to be almost disabling dizziness. I was fine once I got into a car. Getting up and walking were the big problem. 

I noticed, too, that rapid movement or too much movement caused nausea. 

Affter a month or so, the dizziness started to go away. I'm assuming that, during the month or so after I got the PM (I got it on 5/30), my body got used to having a heartrate of around 70, instead of the 50 or less that I had, probably for years, before I got the PM. 

I'm wondering if your nausea is just a different side of the same coin. (At first, I thought it was my Verapamil, which also caused dizziness before the PM), but it was probably mostly adjusting to the new base heart rate. 

I hope your nausea goes away over the next few weeks. 

You also asked about muscle pain -- I didn't notice any on the right side, and, aside from some itchiness around the area were the PM was implanted, I haven't really had much trouble with it. Again - I hope that whatever is bothering you will quickly go away.

Panic attacks

by AgentX86 - 2020-07-18 11:43:11

If you're upset about your situation that you're having panic attacks, it certainly explains your loss of apetite, as well.  Don't get me wrong, you're upset for good reason.  Your life was suddenly turned on end (it really hasn't been) and you haven't had time to process the feelings.  Panic attacks aren't unusual in your (our, really) situation and it's probably a good idea to seek professional help.  You will be alright but may need some help, perhaps even some anti anxiety meds for a short time.


by Swangirl - 2020-07-18 13:01:20

There's a lot you can do yourself to manage anxiety including panic attacks.  Seeing a therapist is usually quicker and easier if you have insurance that will cover it or you can afford it.  A therapist will usually use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you learn how to handle overwhelming emotions.

A good first step is to get this book.  It will help you understand how our thinking and belief systems is causing anxiety and depression and how to start to change that.  It's less than $10 on Amazon.  Anxiety is not something that has to be endured.  It's manageable and often curable.  

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry

by Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D  | May 22, 2018

Thank you

by Katganci - 2020-07-18 14:24:40

Thank you all for the great tips. It is nice to talk to people that understand  and can give me tips  I really appreciate it very much. I am improving daily. The muscle pain was from sleeping on the couch. My back hurt from the bed so I went to couch and that hurt my neck but better now. It will be 2 weeks Monday. So for now I am taking it day by day

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