Reflux or Gas
Hello all, I am a raw recruit to a Medtronic PM to stop pauses in my pulse and resulting fainting. It was getting steadily worse with severe pins and needles in the limbs. The PM seems to be doing its job as it is set at about 70 bpm whereas my normal was 56 bpm.
However since the implant three weeks ago I get these unbearable pains in midsection just below rib cage. It hurts if I laugh and to lie down but eventually I get comfortable.
First time it happened I thought I was having a heart attack and got an ambulance to get to emergency.
The doctors seem to think it is reflux and gave me this useless medication for treating acid. Now I am used to it I notice it happens after meals, especially with lots of vegetables. The bigger the meal the worse the reaction which happens a couple of hours after the meal. I didn't have any problem like this before the PM and noticed some burping, however I have concluded it is gas rather than acid. I went back to consult my GP and requested something to kill gas but he prescribed another medicine for reflux. Ended up getting something called Gasbusters from a chemist so will see what happens.
Is this a common problem after getting a PM or what. I have a follow-up visit with the surgeon in four weeks so will be asking him the same question.