5 Days Later
I passed out at work last week and then woke up feeling fine. Went to ER and they couldn't find anything. Scheduled myself an echo on my heart (I had a mechanical valve put in Jan 2020) just to be safe and while driving to my appt my vision got foggy, heart rate elevated and arms turned into jelly. Lucky for me I was able to pull over and call 911. The team of cardiologists identified a Left Bundled Branch Blockage from my previous surgery that said can sometimes cause people to feel dizzy or fatigued or light-headed, so they performed an electro test on my heart and determined a pacemaker was needed. The night after the surgery I sat up to use the restroom and my heart rate dropped from 105 to 60 and they determined one of the leads was dislodged. They brought me back into surgery the next morning and fixed it up and sent me on my way.
I'm not sure why, but this surgery and recovery feels way worse than my open heart mechanical valve replacement. With that, I was very tired and sore and in pain afterwards, but each day I felt substantially better. With this, I feel like I just can't get a grip on myself.
I was fine resting and recovering at the hospital. Then I get home and have a little sensation in my chest/arm (near device) and suddenly I'm triggering a panic attack. I've been able to calm down and manage things, but I still feel very "off".
Has anyone else experienced random foggy vision? I went to the store with my wife last night and within ten mins I started having this foggy vision, followed by a warm feeling in my head/chest. I sat down and it went away, but it was very unpleasant (almost felt like a hangover).
i also experienced this once just sitting on my couch. It was much quicker (1 second flash of foggy vision, followed by that warm feeling in my head/chest almost like a flash) and then it went away. I think I mentally panic after this, which causes the feeling of pressure in my chest until I breathe and calm down.
I'm seeing my primary doctor tomorrow and a cardiologist next week and at this point I just want to know if these are normal side effects? It just feels very discomforting knowing that I had this foggy vision before the surgery (to a much worse extreme), but still have these mild and lingering feelings after.
they said I'd be able to drive as soon as arm soreness goes away, yet I'm terrified because of this foggy vision and the feelings that come with it. I wouldn't say the room is spinning, but it's like I can't focus on anything and that it makes my mind race to try to make sense of everything.
im trying to remain positive and to remind myself that these feelings will hopefully pass or that my doctors will help me get to the bottom of this, but after feeling like I was going to die last week, I'm just really struggling with this recovery, because everyone keeps telling me it's "a walk in the park" compared to the open heart mechanical valve surgery, yet I thought that recovery was rather smooth and straight forward.
nice to meet everyone!