Complications from pacemaker
I received my medtronic pm in July 2018 and felt great within minutes after coming out of the anesthetic. I couldn't believe how good I was feeling after so many years of feeling crapy. But about a year ago I just wasn't my "new" self. By January I was feeling really tired again. I thought it was my thyroid because several of the symptoms matched along with the weight gain and hair loss. Called my GP for an appointment and went for blood tests. Sure enough everything was out of wack he put me on 2 thyroid meds and was going to have be back in a month. Things got really worse, gained 25 pounds, nasea, chest pain, heaviness, after several months of working with my meds not sure where we are heading with it and still don't have a complete diagnosis. In the mean time I just had my annual check-in with my Cardiologist and with some of the symptoms I discribed he suspects that I may be having Pace Maker induced Conjestive Heart Failure. He has ordered an Echo to confirm. I only have one lead and that is into the right atrium. The PM was to compensate for the SSS, bradycardia and arrythmias I was having but now it is causing this problem. Has anyone else had this issue after a device implant? I have been reading about bi-ventricular pacing - does anyone have this type of pacing? Has it been successful? Several of the medical research sites I have been on says that the one lead Atria wiring, like the one that I have, has the highest failure rate and the most prone to CHF - have you guys found that to be true too. I feel worse than I did before, I can't even sleep normally anymore. Half the time I wake several times in the night feeling like I'm smothering and that's the nights I can fall asleep before 3am. I have to sleep in a recliner because laying down also makes me feel like I'm smothering. I am at a loss of where to go from here.