Most Recent Messages in Coping

New PM Strange Case

Hi, New to club. I received my boston scientific multi lead PM on 6/4/21. Still Unbelievable it all happened. I'm a recent 60 yr who had no prior history of any heart problems as well as no family history of problems. my last annual physical in march was clean and numbers were fine (HR/BP), and all EKG's up to that point were good. OK, so my story starts 2 weeks ago when I had my every 5 year colonoscopy and when they were prepping me my HR was 35! and my EKG abnormal. They did the pr...

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Today’s the big first day and I can’t sleep.

I got so many positive messages from everyone and I want to take the time later when I'm not choking back the tears to respond to everyone!  Thanks for all the support and kindness these last five years!  Your friendships have got me through some tuff stuff.  Hopefully this week is not a total hospital nightmare, I will try to update everyone ASAP hopefully with the news that I am officially on the list! I hope y'all are feeling ok these days, we all have are own diffic...

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Pacemaker feels hot

A couple of times a day it feels like my pacemaker is heating up it is much warmer on one side of my chest in the other I have a Medtronic Azur XT. Has anyone else experienced this I put a call out to my doctor but I've  not heard back yet

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Salt...........

Hi agin. I have a question about salt and, pacemakers and CHF.

I understand traditional no/low salt diets are are prescribed for many heart related issues.  However on all my bloodwork for at least the last decade I have had low sodium and low chloride. Realizing how imortant sodium is for body functions, wouldn't restricting salt be detrimental for me?

 

Thanks.

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Breathless

Hello. Everyone ,  Had my Pacemaker fitted 5 weeks ago . Last Friday I had to have the settings adjusted as heartbeat was too low at 52 now set at 60 bpm . I'm also on Bisoprolol 6.25 but still get occasional palpitations, hope the dose doesn't get increased because of the side effects I struggle with .My biggest concern is the breathlessness which happens  after about 50 yards of walking . I was hoping after the pacemaker was fitted this would improve or am I being imp...

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newbie and miserable

Hi all,,,,i was implanted 6 weeks ago,,medtronic bi-ventricuar for SSS and vent tach (at times)  I am having a miserable time sleeping (leftt sided sleeper and left handed too,,,,) I'm still not allowed to swim (i live in fla and always love love my pool activites)   not allowed to lift my elbow above my shoulder or lift more than 5 lbs till JUNE 30th,,,, Is this 'normal' i see so many of you after a couple of weeks to be allowed to 'return' to normal,,,,,,,...

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This too shall pass(?)

I see many postings here about the way the pacemaker feels, asking when will it become unnoticeable, and I do see that the answer is almost always that the sensation is normal & will disappear over time. Yet, here I am with almost the same question, and expecting the same answer--guess I just need to see it in connection with my own experience! Also, I often post with the thought that, if I am feeling this or that, probably many others feel the same & can benfit from the informat...

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So very tired still

Wondering if I will ever get my energy back. I wake up at 5:30 a.m. and by 10 a.m. I'm ready to go back to bed. I am only 57 and feel like I'm 100. I got my pacemaker in April of 2020 and have yet to be able to get my energy back that I had before I feel better because I'm able to actually get out of bed before the pacemaker I can hardly even get out of bed my heart rate was 32 beats a minute. I don't think I would mind so much if I didn't need to go back to work but I can...

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6 weeks post-surgery

6 weeks ago I had my pacemaker (Biotronik, 2 leads) implanted for SSS. What a ride it has been. The first few weeks were definiately an adjustment. Now that my arm restrictions have been lifted, I feel like my life can go a back to normal. I'm posting, however, because I have a few concerns. I pretty consistenly have nerve pain throughout my chest cavity, mainly on my right side. By the end of the day my chest is heavy and I sometimes have some shortness of breath. I know everyone...

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FIRST MAJOR TRIP SINCE RECEIVING MY PACEMAKER

MY WIFE AND I HAVE RECENTLY RETURNED FROM OUR CROSS THE USA ADVENTURE' WE TRAVELED OVER SIXTY SIX HUNDRED MILES AND SAW SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN AMERICA.. iF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME OF THE PLACES WE VISITED, GO TO YOUTUBE.COM/SEARCH ED AND ANNE WOW

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Gallbladder flare up

Since my pacemaker was put in five weeks ago, I have had this pain between my shoulder blades. I have talked to many doctors and with much research,  I have finally come to the conclusion it's got to be my gallbladder. Has anyone had gallbladder problems since your pacemaker has been put in? I don't know if a wire is hitting a nerve that's causing an issue or what is going on. My blood pressure will rise up after I eat along with the pain. I am going to see my prima...

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Post PM Implant

Hello all,

It will be 5 weeks tomorrow that I received my permanent PM.  Still having issues with soreness in my left shoulder, tenderness at the incision site and under my collar bone, some under my arm (armpit area).  Sometimes I feel as though my PM is getting in my way of some movement.  Constantly feels like something is blocking my movement. I do realize that there is an object there, but nonetheless its uncomfortable. I still have another week or so before I am all...

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Newly placed device

Hi, everyone.

I received a pacemaker four weeks ago tomorrow.  I am finding things more difficult than I thought; I thought everything would be perfect and "back to normal" (my underlying condition leading to now is Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, and I've had a myectomy).  I am experiencing shortness of breath, sensitivity in the incision area still, and pounding heartbeats.  I have an appointment a week early tomorrow with the pacemaker clinic so...

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Is it all in my head?

Just curious if anyone else here suffers from anxiety that "how sick they are" is all in their head.  I have days where I feel ok and can do some ADLs and others where I am extremely hypotension, short of breath, etc just doing ADLs.  The waxing and waning makes me have anxiety where when I am having a good day or two I start to think it's all been in my head and I am not that sick.  Albeit if it was all in my head I would be very very sick in some psychological w...

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Coping

Hello Again, I am 12 days from receiving my Pacemaker and still trying to process all the information and mostly trying to absorb the news that my condition prior to operation was much more serious than I knew . I believe I am recovering ok but have very little energy ,today especially .Promised myself I would have a walk but just cannot muster up any enthusiasm ,wondering if this is just me or am I expecting too much . 
    Maggie 

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New PM

My husband recieved his PM on 4/20. He passed out and was flown to nearest major hospital with a HR of 30-33. He recieved a 3 wire Medtronic CRT Percepta. He is a 77yro with a 32 yro mechanical aoric valve. His heart could not sustain a HR beyond 33BPM without a PM. This was a sudden onset and the EP said it was an electrical bundle failure. Prior to his PM his HR usually ran around 60 BPM. His situation is muddled with orthostatic hypotension from Parkinson's, causing his blood pres...

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dealing with anxiety

Hi everyone, im having such a hard time dealing with my anxiety. Im writing to you from my desk and for some reason today is unbearable so much i needed to take a lorazpham. It feels like im having a heart attack and it really sucks the feeling im in. HOW DO SOME OF YOU COPE WITH THIS DIBILATING FEELING. It just really does a number on me.I first experienced it six months afetr my implant and boom! my first panic attack. Im on 10mg of lexapro but im also 6' 240lbs in decent shape. i try t...

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NSVT issues again

Hello again everyone,

I have been having a few issues with NSVT in the past and have spoken about it on this forum in the past. Back in october I had a treadmill test which showed a short 7 beat episode of Non-Sustained VT. This was quite worrying for me, as an anxious 17 year old. And I have been closely monitored since. 

I have had a new pacemaker implanted since (in january) and we expected this to help calm the situation. I have been having palpitations everyday for a lon...

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New to forum

Hello , I had a pacemaker fitted last week ,feeling very sore,bruised and a little unsure of what to expect at this stage ...a bit scary ..a mixture of trying to be positive but also in need of support from others on do's and dont's .I found the procedure quite traumatic ,took 2 hours and relaxant didn't kick in at all .Just pleased its over . Emotions are a little bit all over the place at the moment ,did others experience this ? Sorry if I sound a bit of a wimp but sure once the...

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stress test

I am going to have a stress test. they will be using a regadrnson injection. they say it is very safe. has anyone else heard or had this. thank you all for you your advise. stay safe

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