Hello, new to the forum and just thought I'd post my experience with having a PM insertion 5 days ago.
Having always suffered all my life (I'm 51) from SVT I was offered an ablation back in 2014 this procedure was unsuccessful due to the pathway being to close to the AV node and it was high risk that the AV node would become permanently damaged, the procedure was aborted and I decided just to plod on with my condition until now.
I was admitted 5days ago for another ablation procedure knowing the risk of coming out of the theatre with a pacemaker insertion due to damage to the AV Node.
During the procedure two ablations were carried out, first successful and the second damaged my AV node causing heart block at which point I blacked out and woke up an hour later with a pacemaker.
Since leaving hospital I have developed bad bruising to my groin where the wires were inserted and obviously I have pain in my left hand side chest where the PM was inserted.
Since surgery I feel weak, shaky, unsteady on my feet, lightheaded, shortness of breath and have a sensation of tightness in my throat and chest when bending and lying in bed, I have also experienced palpations and heart flutters.
I find it really hard to get comfy in bed and have been suffering from sleep deprivation and stiffness in my chest, arm where my PM has been inserted and groin area.
I spoke to my local GP yesterday and he prescribed some pain killers and sedative to help me sleep.
I'm hoping these symptoms are just a natural way my body is reacting to the recovery of the procedure and things will get better over time.
I have found the procedure and at this point of recovery a bit traumatic and the thought of now having 3rd degree heart block a bit worrying.
Suppose I'm just looking for some reassurance from other members that have had similar experiences that things do get better and being dependant on a PM isn't a bad thing.
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I have a well tuned pacer. I hardly know I have it. I am 76 year old, hike and camp alone in the desert. I have more energy than I have had in a long time. The only problem is my wife wants to have a knob installed so she can turn the pacer down.