I Get It

I get it, everybody is different so it's hard to say what a "normal" recovery is. And the doctors are certainly not forthcoming with information (eye roll). I'm 4 weeks post op (pm for 2nd degree av block/bradycardia) and am so tired. I make it through work, then I'm toast. I take a nap, have some dinner, and then I go to sleep for the night. Is this typical? Unusual? Does it eventually pass? When might my pre-op energy levels return? I need a pep talk! 


Rest easy

by Lavender - 2022-08-25 00:38:46

As you said, we're all different but my experience was like yours. I fell asleep often after getting my pacemaker. I was falling asleep even if I didn't lie down. Just closing my eyes, I was asleep in a blink. I took a daily afternoon nap and slept nine hours at night. At seven months after surgery, one day I noticed that I was feeling good again and back to socializing and doing what I used to do.  I still take a one hour nap in the afternoon. Lol by choice! I sleep good at night too but I'm not tired all the time. My unprofessional theory is our body is saying to slow down while it's busy healing!

A pep talk

by Gemita - 2022-08-25 02:36:17

Tiredness is probably the most likely reason for a visit to a doctor.  TATT (tired all the time) is a well known medical condition and is common even in those without a cardiac implantable electronic device, common in those with or without a medical condition.  There are just so many potential causes for tiredness that it would be difficult to cover them all but I will suggest a few:-

. A new arrhythmia, possibly triggered by the implant procedure which should quickly settle as healing progresses

. a medical condition like heart failure interrupting sleep

. An acute illness like an infection

. Poor quality sleep caused perhaps by sleep apnea, another medical condition or simply not getting enough quality sleep

. Stresses in daily life causing worry, fear, upset, preventing sleep

. Anaemia

. A thyroid problem

. Any medication we are taking like a beta blocker

And so the list lengthens…..

You have just had a procedure, just received a diagnosis for a need for a pacemaker, you have the emotions of living with your device to cope with also.  Is it really surprising that you are experiencing tiredness?  

Will it get better and when?  Depends on the cause and how you “manage” the cause. I would allow a few months to get used to pacing and to recover from the emotional and physical stresses of receiving a pacemaker.  

But only you can know how tired you feel and if the tiredness is so overwhelming that it interferes with your life.  At that stage or sooner, pop along to your doctor for a few checks would be my best advice.  In the meantime, stay well hydrated, get plenty of quality rest, enjoy a healthy diet, avoiding too much caffeine, gradually increase your exercise in the fresh air and try not to worry about being tired.  Seek professional help if you feel unable to cope with any aspect of your life.  I wish you freedom from your debilitating tiredness very soon



by new to pace.... - 2022-08-25 18:43:51

I agree with what the others have said.  My theory  as i know that sometime what we eat makes us tired.  I know that for a fact.

You   might keep a food journal.  Put down each time you eat or drink something including the spices.herbs.  See  how you feel after eating. Jot that down after a week you might notice a pattern. then elimate that item(s) for 6 weeks.  Put back one at a time until you have that reaction.  You will then know to avoid that food for  a while.  These are not allergies and you can not be tested for them by allergy Doctors.

There are food sensitivy test's but they are not covered by insurance and quite costly.  Instead of avoiding for 6 weeks. 

new to pace

sounds about right

by dwelch - 2022-09-03 22:19:02

I am on device number 5.  It takes me at least the first week to sleep through the night, and then its not until second or third week that I can sleep on that side.  so I will have that accumulated exhaustion just from not sleeping well for weeks.  I mean I start driving on day three or so, and am back to work within a few days, but Im tired for weeks.  I would call this normal and expected.

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