This newbie got the shock of her life--(no pun intended)
Hi--after 2 years of telling me nothing was wrong with my heart my cardiologist ordered a 21 day event monitor. I had a 5 minute conversation with him about the results on June 29. He told me I needed a pacemaker and he walked out of the examing room. My implant was scheduled for July 11, then postponed and then finally happened on July 18, 2023.
I had no clue what I was going to experience and am hoping some of my fellow members can tell me if they have experienced any of these same symptoms/complications after their implants.
For 2 days after my implant I hurt all over but especially on the left side of my body especially neck and shoulders. The pain is lesser now but I still hurt. Also--I could not eat. I felt like something was closing in around my throat and neck (like a noose). I choked on food.
Now that it is Aug 9--I can't walk 100 feet without getting winded. I have had episodes where I have gotten sweaty, weak and disoriented. My heart feels like a brick laying on my chest. My heart pounds in my chest and I cannot fall asleep at night. My blood pressure fluctuates as much as 40 points (?) like 177/98 then 20 minutes later it is 137/68.
Of course I need to see my surgeon. I can't get an appointment until next week.
In the mean time, I'm sleep deprived, short of breath, and feeling dazed.
Has any one in this group ever had complications like this right after surgery? If so--how long do they last? I've had knee and hip surgeries so I know the drill about recovery from those operations.
Any comments, suggestions will be geatly appreciated. BTW--if I posted this in the wrong forum--I'm sorry. I just joined this club about 20 minutes ago.
I thought I was going to feel brand new. Instead I am having "buyer's remorse".
My diagnosis is tachy brady syndrome and my pacemaker is a St.Jude 2272 Assurity MRI.
I don't even have my home monitoring system set up. So I shooting in the dark here about what is going on with me.
You know you're wired when...
Youre a battery-operated lover.
It's much better to live with a pacemaker than to risk your life without one.