Most Recent Messages in Complications

Parkinson’s and Pacemaker

Six weeks after PM procedure, I am diagnosed with Parkinson's.  My head is spinning just trying to accept all this when a few months ago I thought I was pretty healthy.  Is there a relationship between these two?

Read More...

Burning Sensation

I had the pacemaker put in this year. I have a question. That same day I had a burning sensation in the middle and right side of my chest and still do. So severe that I can't walk like before. Tried many antacids, prescriptions from the doctor, also cortisone shots. Does anyone else have this problem?

Read More...

Dual chamber pacemaker fitted twelve days ago and in constant pain

Hi everyone.

This is my first post and I'm so relieved there is a place in this global IT  world to share pacemaker problems.

So ...

I’m twelve days post operation with a dual chamber pacemaker.

The operation/procedure was brutal. Not enough local anaesthetic and feeling the cuts and messing around to feed the leads to the heart then create a pocket for the device.  

(I’ve had a number of previous  operations to include four Caesari...

Read More...

Problems post battery change

Hello again..

I posted earlier that I was having issues since getting my device replaced. Home monitor not showing anything and the ecg monitor I had for a week just showed my usually problems of inappropriate increase in HR when I'm exercising. The technician did another couple of adjustments to try and modifythe blocking out at my upper limit. 
unfortunately I'm still getting a strong pulse feeling under my lower left ribs,and there isn't any obvious re...

Read More...

This 'n that ......updates


Back in July I posted about a clot found in my subclavian vein.  First attempt to clear it was doubling my Eliquis for 3 days then repeating the ultrasound.  No change, clot still there.  Thrombectomy was discussed, but my cardiologist was concerned about infection and felt that at that point the risk outweighed the benefit.   She steered me to a hematologist for blood work to check for any blood clotting issues. 
Blood tests (12 vials of blood taken) showe...

Read More...

Etoricoxib

I live in Guatemala, 3 year user, that medication is for pain, not aproved in USA, anyone knows about side efects? My phisiotherapyst recommended. 

Read More...

Metal Detectors

With a pacemaker do I have to be concerned with stadium and airport metal detectors?

 

Thanks.

Read More...

Femoral Catheter Incision Blown Out with a Sneeze

If you're blood squeamish, move on and do not read the rest of this post.

I had an unsuccessful Micra implantation procedure Weds 11/2. The Micra was to be placed in my heart using a catheter inserted into the femoral artery in the groin. The morning after my procedure I was standing in my kitchen eating a banana. I sneezed once and felt some blood trickle from my hospital-dressed incision site. I sneezed a second time and my wound blew open pouring blood from my femo...

Read More...

St Jude pm

Received letter to day my st Jude pm  might be   faulty also sent a  monitor to which will send daily info . If I  have any symptoms regarding pm contract clinic. 

Read More...

Severe radiating pain left arm forearm since pacemaker surgery, deemed non cardiac pain

Hi, 8 weeks post pacemaker surgery, first pacemaker. First installation was complicated as was done in a superficial pocket that became infected after debark weeks. 
Then 2nd surgery to reinstall pacemaker in deeper pocket, with no post surgical infection or abscess thankfully. 2nd surgery was around 4 weeks ago. However within days of the second surgery I am experiencing very severe throbbing radiating pain in my armpit, right  side of the left arm and forearm. It ha...

Read More...

Pacemaker

Normal to still have irregular heartbeat after you get pacemaker?

Read More...

Pneumothorax Causing Back Pain?

Hi all,

When I had the pacemaker implanted, they pierced my lung and I ended up with a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). They put a chest tube in through my side. One doctor thought it actually went into my lung rather than into the pleural space.

My implant was two weeks ago today. Tonight I have a sharp pain in my mid back, directly across from where the chest tube went in. I suspect the pain is caused by the chest tube having been there, but I'm not sure. I'm not short of...

Read More...

Pacemaker

I had a pacemaker fitted in 2020 and every time I moved my left arm (left handed) it was rubbing on bone.  It was moved during open heart surgery in 2021 and was fine for a while.  It has now moved upwards and is grinding on my collar bone.  In addition it will stand up on end from the bottom.  I can hold both sides of it in my fingers.  My worry is that this amount of movement surely isn't good for the wires in my heart?  Can't seem to get any answers.&n...

Read More...

Pacemaker

Does anyone have same problem as me?  My pacemaker was fitted in 2020 and was catching on the bone every time I moved my left arm (left handed).  Had it moved during open heart surgery in 2021 but it has now migrated "north".  It catches on my collar bone and even stands on end from the bottom.  Can get my fingers on both sides of it.  My main concern is the leads.  Are they being pulled?  Can't get anyone to take me seriously.  Consultant...

Read More...

Pacemaker check

Is there a list of symptoms if your pacemaker is not operating correctly? Had PM installed April 11th and felt fine but recently short of breath, clammy, low energy.  Any insights or experiences appreciated.  Rick

Read More...

Could it have been a faulty pacemaker?

Hello, I just joined. I honestly don't know what else to do right now until we find out more from the Coroner.. my father had a pacemaker put in on August 30, 2022. ... I believe 9 days ago. He woke up this morning feeling very weak and extremely short of breath. He was very pale and clamy. Started getting very disoriented, he was not able to hold his head up and instead of talking, he could only mumble. I called 911 right away. By the time they got here, he had almost collapsed. The...

Read More...

The [not so] Lucky 1%

Before the procedure to put in my ICD, my doc went through the risks -- bleeding, infection, etc. She said there was about a 1% chance they would poke a lung. I fell into the 1% range. 
 

I have been in the hospital since Tuesday with a chest tube suctioning the air from around my collapsed lung, breathing oxygen to inflate the lung again. It's starting to look as though they can remove the chest tube tomorrow and send me home. 
 

I do not re...

Read More...

Veins on Arm Are Shrinking...

Hi,

I had my device changed about 3 months ago and this time it is placed under my pectoral muscle, left side.

About a month ago I noticed the veins on my left forearm and hand have shrunk. They are a bit smaller now when compared to my right forearm and hand. But, I have not noticed any swelling or pain on my left arm...

I'm thinking it could be that I have not been using my left arm nearly as much these past 3 months OR maybe there is a blockage of a vein somewhere??

Read More...

Newly Diagnosed as Pacemaker Dependent. How bad is it?

Helping my 80 yo mother. We went to see the NP today for a check and was surprised to find out she is pacemaker dependent. She had "rare isolated AP second degree blocks" prior to implantation 2 months ago. This seems to have occured right after surgery as her first interogation was showing VP>99.

from NPs notes: "Lead Testing- tested for underlying rhythm, she is pacemaker dependent. When PAV/SAV extended to maximum, she still paces the RV 
 AP: ~40%&nb...

Read More...

Pocket infection

I noticed about two weeks ago that one side of my incision (pm 7/19/22) had a tiny hard bump on it. I was at a hematology appt and asked the doctor to look at it and he said it looked normal. My vision is poor so I just went on as if all was ok. But last night I noticed it looked like there was pus there and I put a very tiny amount of pressure on it and a blob of pus about the size of a pencil eraser  head came out, followed by small amounts of blood. Is this wh...

Read More...

You know you're wired when...

You can hear your heartbeat in your cell phone.

Member Quotes

Try to concentrate on how you’re able to be active again and feel normal, rather than on having a machine stuck in your body.