RECOVERY TIME

HI

I HAD POSTED A MESSAGE EARLIER STATING I HAD A PM IMPLANTED ON JUNE 24, 2007, SHOULD HAVE BEEN MAY 24, 2007. I AM HAVING A PROBLEM WITH RECOVERY. I STILL HAVE DAYS WHEN I DO NOT FEEL UP-TO-PAR. MY ENERGY LEVEL IS A LITTLE LOW. I HAVE BEEN TOLD TO BE PATIENT, IT MAY TAKE SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS. THE PM IS WORKING GREAT. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BRADYCARDIA. IT WAS QUITE A SHOCK. MY PULSE WAS BETWEEN 44-48.


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RECOVERY TIME

by 220 chandler ave - 2007-06-10 02:06:07

SPELLING ERRORS: MESSAGE, IMPLANTED, HAVE, EIGHT,

oh yes

by jessie - 2007-06-10 03:06:10

the story sounds the same. the day iwas implanted pulse was 28 and this had been going on since april when my husband and i had visited the funeral home of our choice to make our arrangements. lol lol so one never knows i had not yet turned 65. it was a tiring summer and it hought i was just getting old. surprize!!!!!!!!!!!!so you sound like your recovery is a lot like mine. my cardiologist kept saying to me you were really sick so it is going to take time. to-day i feel pretty good for the most part and just a few setbacks but then one can expect it might end up at this age with some problems related to prior lifestyle e.g. smoking which i don't do now. so just hang in and keep asking questions jessie

recovery time

by CathrynB - 2007-06-10 03:06:26

Hi Chandler Ave: Welcome to the Club! I was also diagnosed with bradycardia (and sinus bradycardia) in January, with pulse in the 30s and pauses up to 5 seconds. Got my PM 1-24-07, so 4 months before you got yours. If your difficulties are all related to energy level, not pain or fainting or dizzy spells, I think you're experiencing a normal recovery so far. The doctors like to tell us it's "minor surgery done under local anesthesia", but that's far from most people's experience. My recovery went very well, but I was still taking naps every afternoon until 5 or 6 weeks post op. I'm a runner, and my running didn't return to normal distances and frequency until 4 months post op. You're only at 3 weeks post op, so it's good if you give your body a break and be patient with it's healing time. You will have "good" days and "bad" days in terms of energy, but the trend will be in the " better" direction every few days or week as long as you don't pull a lead or get an infection, which you most likely won't if you follow doctor's orders and get the rest you need. I think most all of us were shocked when we first learned we needed a PM -- especially the younger folks and the ones who previously thought they were 100% healthy. Take care and keep posting questions, and let us know how you're doing again. Cathryn

Recovery

by hooimom - 2007-06-10 03:06:41

Well meaning people were telling me stories of people they knew who were going out to lunch two days after their PM's were implanted. I was much younger than they were so I thought recovery would be a snap---wrong! The surgery is minor (although I had a complication with three days in the hospital) but the stress on our bodies is a little different than most minor surgeries. I tried to explain to explain to my husband that getting a PM is a bit more traumatic than getting your gall bladder out. He just didn't seem to get it at first. The doctor made it sound simple. I think the emotional strain, the surgical procedure and having to adjust to an addition in your body is a difficult combinaiton to deal with for some of us.

With that said, it does get better. The first two weeks were the worst for me and then I slowly began improving. I still napped and had some pain for four to five weeks but saw improvement each week. I have had my PM for eleven months now and I don't even think of it some days. I still get sore if I lift something heavy, but other than that I am fine.

Do you go back for a six week check up? If you don't feel better by then I would talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Sometimes they have to adjust settings. I didn't have this problem but have read lots of posts from people that have had problems with fatigue and low energy levels and a simple PM adjustment has fixed the problem.

Rest when you need to and take care of yourself!
Michelle

THANKS FOR YOUR REPLIES

by 220 chandler ave - 2007-06-10 09:06:05

AFTER READING YOUR REPLIES, I DO FEEL MUCH BETTER ABOUT WHAT I AM EXPIERENCING. YOU ALL HAVE BEEN A GREAT HELP.

TAKING B/P MEDS

by 220 chandler ave - 2007-06-13 02:06:46

DO ANY OF YOU HAVE TO TAKE B/P MEDS AFTER HAVIN A PC IMPLANTED? I WAS TOLD I MAY NOT HAVE TO BUT IT CONCERNS ME THAT MAYBE I SHOULD BE MY B/P WAS HIGH AFTER THE IMPLANTATION BUT WHEN I WENT IN FOR A CHECK AFTER A WEEK OR SO IT WAS GOOD.
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b.p.

by jessie - 2007-06-17 01:06:45

i was on b.p. meds anyway but they addeda cholesterol drug because it was high.it is a wonder idid not have a cardiac arrest. someone looked out for me. no other explanation. i shouldn't be here. but i am so lets get on with it!!!great eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!i am a canadian so i can say eh? if you are a father happy father's day jessie

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