Most Recent Messages in Coping

feeling good-but freaked out!

Allan (41) edinburgh

This site scares the hell out of me sometimes.

I had my pacemaker installed October 07 Dual lead Syphony 2550 - I had sinus bycardia and atrial fib - now i take 25 mg of atenol ever day to suppress my afib seems to work get cold hands

I think the problem with this site sometimes is that we are all scared of dying which is understandable and seek comfort and assurance from others who have experienced this weird thing that has happened to u...

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Week 3 - Can PM's cause damage?

First of all I just completed week 3 after implant. I had mine for exercise induced heart rate slowing with s.o.b and bradycardia. I stubbornly refused for 3+ yrs to get a PM (I had my symptoms for 5) and now I'm thrilled that I did, sometimes it seems like I got my life back. So anyone else out there in this situation, don't hesitate!

I'm in week 3. My experience seems to have been unremarkable so far compared to many on this site. Maybe I was lucky. Didn't need pain pills, can't tel...

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Short of Breath

Hi Neurotic Me again. Only took pulse twice today really proud of myself.

Now suffering from shortness of breath, is this anxiety do you think. Anyone else as bad as me.

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Feeling pacing?

Can anyone else feel their pacemaker start to pace? I'm always asked to describe what it feels like but I just don't know how. I can feel exactly when it kicks in and it can get very uncomfortable...

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Sorry me again

Hi

I am getting positively neurotic. I am so depressed and keep crying. After having the response turned down I felt good, given the beta blockers, felt awful and left them off. Now back to walking and heart rate still raising faster than it would. What do I think, something is drastically wrong and I am going to have a heart attack.

What is wrong with me?

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First Posting

I am 32 and had my pacemaker implant in 06, the 1st Doctor severed my AV node, didn't know what my life would be like with a pacemaker. Glad I have it now, and did not have anyone to talk to that would share the same situation. Glad I found this site. Thanks Angie

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my first posting

Hi,I am 57 and I have my pm for under 6 months and now I am having a hard time dealing with it. I was fine in the beginning(once they got my pacing correct)but now I am very emotional. My pulse went down to 22 and I still felt fine(had no signs that I was in distress). I know I am very lucky....Are there therapist that just deal with "post surgery depression?"I also feel like my incision pulls all the time. Any suggestions?

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Problems with this whole new thing

Does anyone else out there experience pain related to their device? I cannot sleep on my left side without pain and almost every day have site pain and burning feeling even though had this implanted in May of 07. My doctor says I am fine and that perhaps it is irritating a nerve but this does not help make me feel better. I am nervous that there is really something wrong.

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observation

I kind of feel that no matter how great your pm is working .The fly in the ointment to your pm is being anxious for any reason at any time .That would make your heart feel wacked out .AM i right or wrong?

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PACEMAKER CLUB

I'm 47 and recently found myself in the pm club, I too had pain under my arm shortly after having my pm put in, but it was due to a blood clot.........so make sure if you are having difficulty under your arm, don't just think it's from a shift in the pm, but it could be due to something else. Check too see if your arm looks swollen, or red..........don't put it off...........I'm glad I checked mine out.........good luck

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TSA and PM at Airports

I have flown six plane trips since my PM iwas nstalled and I always show my card and ask for a hand search. Every time I have been treated with dignity and respect at several different airports in the US. I also have a total knee replacement so that would set off the alarms, too.

I had just read the News Article about this and thought I'd share my experiences with you.

I found this site last week and it is so informative.

Thanks for taking me in.

Ha...

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It's hard

It's hard coping with the PaceMaker, but it's for the best!!!

:)

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Please could everyone pray for my father Kenneth

My father had a heart attack 2 weeks ago. He is fighting brain cancer.

At the moment I am unable to go to work because it is taking my mother, sister and myself 24 hours a day to try and get him back on his feet.

Any prays or healing thought for my father would be welcome.

Many thanks

Love Debbie

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Stress

Me again. Just thanked all for welcoming me on here. Glad to have found this site. I must learn to take things in my stride and one day at a time. Perhaps this will help with the shortness of breath which I know is stress related. I went for a walk this morning and didn't get short of breath at all. My trouble is I sit down take my pulse and cannot believe the rate, vicious circle shortness of breath kicks in.

Hey Ho only first week must get better soon

Jules

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pacemaker causing heart failure?

am a 33yr old female with 3rd degree heart block, happily married, 2 children and a 6yr old pacemaker. Recently, (Nov. and Jan.) phone checks have made my heart race around 150 beats a minute. The first on lasted about 15 min. and the second on was for an hour and a half and an ER visit. Both converted on their own. I had an echo done right after the conversion. Last week, my doctor visit was a shock. EP said that my heart was functioning at 35%. My only options are drugs or an "up-grade" as he...

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firemen/medics

lookin to hear from fellow firemen/women,medics.

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11 Days!!

Wow its so hard to believe I have a pm and I have had it for 11 days!! I wanna start off by sayin' I do feel better!! I dont know how much yet, but it is better. Im still super sore (i dunno if thats normal) just assumed it was fine due to all the pulling my site puts up with!! hehe Im getting out of the house a lil more now and it feels good! I just think maybe I have been over doing it these last two days. Wednesday I felt real good so then I started to do more and im kinda back where I was b4...

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Is my pacemaker kicking in?

I just started having faint flutters at the battery. Is this normal when the pacemaker kicks in as I call it? It is not in the heart, but at the battery. Anyone have or had this happen? I've had my pm since 2005 and get great reports on check ups....it had never had to kick in as of my last visit 4 months ago.
Thanks.

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I have a question

Allan (41) edinburgh

I had my first pace maker installed on 10th of October last year a dual lead st judes symphony 2550

I had been diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome with my pulse going as low as 14 secs per minute when asleep also i had been suffering with bouts of afib.

My question is on my first (one month) check up it was revealed that i was only 28% dependant I stll had problems with afib they sitched on suppressor leads and a month later i asked how depen...

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Positive Attitude!!!!!!!!!!!!

I geuss that knowledge and experience make all the differance. Getting my PM at the age of 36 was a shock and scary for everyone involved. I have been very fortunate that that was the "fix" and not a problem to speak of since. This week it was thought that my elderly uncle had a heart attack and everyone was worried. It was discovered that he din't have a MI and only a drastic slow down in his BPM. To make a long story short, my Mom (his sister) went to see him in the hospital this am and inform...

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