Update and thanks for the great feedback!
Back on 10/26, I introduced my current situation and myself. I want to thank everyone for his or her comforting words, encouragement, and advice. Thanks so much for the messages. I agree with Franks posting. Anything could have caused this...viruses, etc. Also, my concern with a pacemaker could be masking the real cause.
I want to share this with everyone. Might be a remote possibility that you or somone you know had a terrible experience with medications that resulted in a PM. I tell this to my docs and they think I am crazy. I was healthy in July. Running 3 miles, 4 times per week. The ONLY thing I was doing different is after my annual physical I was put on 40mg Zocor at the end of the month. About 3 to 4 weeks after starting the statin is when I started feeling lousy. Call it a coincidence, but it is pretty ironic. Nobody agrees that a statin medication has this side effect. It says serious side effect can be myopathy. They tell me "yes, but that is not your case." So, this leads me to today.
I just got back from seeing my EP doc (second opinion). Again, we do not know the cause. Both EP docs say it is 50/50 whether to put one in or not. I am not kidding. It is up to me, and have been sent home twice now to think about it. My situation is so trivial. Best guess from them is I may feel 30 to 50% better. I pressed my second opinion doc for some kind of diagnosis. I get idiopathic bradycardia with presenting symptoms of CFS and POTS but do NOT meet with criteria for an actually diagnosis of CFS and POTS. That came from my autonomic dr who cleared me with any dysautonomia.
The second opinion EP doc tells me the PM he would use is two leads. Something about pacing the right atrium when it needs it. The ventricle lead will be there if we need it later. Rate response feature for the slow and high heart rate and a sleep mode. Right over my head!
Well, I felt the need to expound alittle. Not any less anxious or frustrated than in October. Talking it over with my wife, I am going to get the PM. At this point, I have to try something. I need to get back to work and desire to get back to graduate school. Life has to move on.
Happy Holidays to everyone and safe travels.
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