New to the Club!
I just received my pacemaker 4 days ago. Came as a shock. I had no medical issues, until one day I started haveing shortness of breath. Mostly when climbing stairs. After having family tell me it was anxiety, and then the cardiologist convinced I developed asthma, it was discovered I was having heart blocks (a lot). Discovered on a heart monitor that I pushed to get since I was pretty sure I didn't have asthma. This went on for over a month. But we know our bodies. On Friday I received a panic call from the doctors office to go straight to the ER and get a pacemaker put in immediately. It all happened so fast my brain is just catching up. Found this group today and you are all wonderful. I've been reading some of the posts and already my mind is being put at ease.
I'm just beginning to relax about raising my arm. I'm no longer short of breath, but there still are a few things that don't feel right. I notice that when I nap(I'm a lot more tired), I sometimes wake up with a gasp or slightly dizzy. But then I'm fine. Maybe I'm just adjusting to my device. I use the app, but it doesn't let me see my heart rate. I have a pulse oximeter (sp?), but not sure if it's safe to use with my pacemaker. So sorry for the run on post.