• by Riz
  • 2021-04-03 10:56:10
  • Coping

A fortnight after my implant, the recovery is fine but I feel extremely fatigued and sleepy in the evenings. So much so that it is difficult to stay awake. Weakness is all pervasive. If anyone has these symptoms please share and suggest remedy.



by Persephone - 2021-04-03 13:13:28

Dear Riz - It's great to hear that your recovery is going fine.  You are feeling sleepy and fatigued in the evenings - are you sleeping well and feeling refreshed in the morning?  As far as the pervasive weakness you mention - is this in the evening only or throughout the day?

I would suggest that you keep a log or journal of how you're feeling throughout the day, as well as any effects you may experience from any medication you may be taking (and the timing of taking the meds, if applicable), and also note any questions you may have for your medical team.  These records could help focus your concerns so you can have a productive follow-up appt, and help you get the assistance you may need.  I hope you continue to feel better with each day.


by Riz - 2021-04-03 13:42:25

Thank you so much. I feel weakness throughout the day but in the evenings it is intense. I am not taking any medicines which are likely to induce sleep. You are right, keeping a proper record would certainly help. I will take it up with my Cardialogist once again.


by new to pace.... - 2021-04-03 13:51:19

You might also keep a journal of what food you are eating.  As some foods have that reaction.

    I find that foods that containing either Melatonin or  Tryphophan(turkey, bananas, chocolate, broccolli, cabbage and cauliflower, pinto beans, garbanzo beans etc( Legumes), almonds can cause you to feel like that.

new to pace


by Riz - 2021-04-03 14:29:58

Yes I take six almonds, soaked in water overnight, every day. I am not really sure if almonds can cause weakness and sleepiness.

Thanks all the same. I will check up and discontinue if necessary.


Also want to add....

by Persephone - 2021-04-03 14:36:34

Riz, I also would like to add that it's common to feel overwhelmed by the life change that we must adapt to by receiving a PM implant. We don't ask for this change, and even though we know it will help, it can be challenging to accept. It's normal to feel exhausted to go through such a life event. If you think that maybe your tiredness could be related to such feelings, please reach out to a therapist or licensed social worker to help you work through these tough times. Your PM is there for you to do the physical part.


by AgentX86 - 2021-04-03 14:39:26

Hi Riz, welcome to the club. It's a dubious distinction to be a member but here we are.

It would be good to know why you need the pacemaker and more about your condition overall.  It's hard to help without information.

You said that you're on no new medication (dose change?). Another possibility is just that you're just in need of a pacemaker tuning. Have you talked to your doctors?

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