Most Recent Messages in Coping

Pain

Thanks to Cathryn B and johnc_19 for reassuring me about my current situation. At least I now know there is a resolution. My second reaction is "who is responsible" for the costs? Any help there? Gee, I feel like you two are doing all the work for me. Thanks again. Chukat

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Pain

Since implant Sept 08, can't distinquish if I have more energy or not.What my problem is the surgery area, namely the raised device. I am predominately "left-handed" and the unit is practically up against my shoulder bone. This area is always sore. Last 2 nights the pain wakens me after I attempt to turn to another position. Is anyone else experiencing this? I'ts been 7 months since implant. Will the unit settle into my chest cavaity? I'm only 5'8 at 168 lbs. Thanks.....Chuck

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Unexplained ups and downs in general health

My pacemaker was implanted because of chronic atrial fibrillation. The procedure was AV nodal ablation -- the only procedure suitable for my age. For the most part I am pleased although I do on a semi regular basis suffer from frequent skipped beats, low energy, internal agitation and unreasonable fatigue. These symptoms can sometimes last up to a month and then suddenly disappear and I may have several weeks of perfect health...energy, regular uninterrupted heart beat, and no internal agit...

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i set off alarm @ walmart/kmart

I have been setting off the alarm going into and exiting some stores...usually our walmart and kmart! They all know me by now, and it is not my parcels. It does it going in to the store. It's a great way to get some attention!!!!!
Anyone else have this issue???

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The Pulse Spring 2008

I read the issue and was so thrilled to see something that I can purchase for when I am in a car and the seat belt hurts my chest where my pacemaker is. Also the comfortHer bra strap is also something I really need. My pacemaker is big and parts kinda bulge out of my chest.........They say I need this size because I have a three lead one and this one makes both sides of my heart work in unison. I also have obstructive cardiomyopathy and my heart does not fill as a normal heart will......Have to...

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It seems like tough and lonely work!

Hi everyone, I'm a 45 year old single Dad and I get very little help with bringing up my two sons aged 16 and 13. The boys themselves know that Dad is unwell and they also know that stress makes me sicker and so on the whole they help me more than they hinder. I have three jobs that I work at mostly from home but without these three jobs I can't make ends meet. I was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy with the additional complication of permanent left bundle branch block about six years ago -...

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life goes on

  • by Bu
  • 2008-04-25 03:04:47
  • Coping
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Well one month after my ablation my husband without warning told me he didn't love me and he wanted a divorce. He seems to be having a midlife crisis and unfortunately with someone almost half our age. I was completely devastated. I couldn't believe how little he cared after everything I have been through this year with my heart. I have however come to terms with it over the last few weeks. I have been blessed with a second chance at health, love, life. Everything I was most afraid of has come...

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pacemaker site sore

  • by Bu
  • 2008-04-25 02:04:21
  • Coping
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  • 6 comments

Hello, I've had my pacemaker for 10 months and recently lost over 20 pounds. The strange thing is since I lost the weight the site is tender especially if I do anything that strains my pec muscles. It seems to hurt the most along the wire. Anyone else had tendernous this long after getting one?

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Beta blockers making me breathless?

is it normal to feel breathless on Beta blockers and it seems to be more acute after I eat?
Or is it that perhaps I only have a certain part of my pacemaker switched on I am sure I heard the technicians say when they were fine tuning me that this bit doesnt need to be switched on and it will save on the battery life my pacemaker is a dual lead and itis the kind that can out run initial bursts of afib and i require beta blockers to do the rest.

Does fluctuating the specific time y...

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Getting Ready

I'm going in Tuesday or Wednesday to have a pacemaker/defib put in; how am I going to feel afterwards. I have LBBB with an EF of 30. Will I have more energy and better able to breth

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I Made it!

I am so excited today! I actually completed a week of work for the first time since August 2007. It was half days, of course, I am easing back into it. During my time off, many days I didn't have strength to even lift my head and started to think my life is over at 36! I couldn't see myself back at work, I could hardly get up to shower, eat or even watch TV. All I can say is God is Good! I know I am not 100% but I am encouraged by the progress. I am still suffering with anxiety because my...

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Pacing with new developments of Atrial Fib

Well, it has been a long time since I have posted. I just recently got out of Sacred Heart Hospital here in Spookane, WA. for Atrial Fibrillation and was treated with a cardioversion which was a success. I am now taking Tekosyn and a ton of other meds to ensure my QT stays in a good zone. All this started because I was feeling symptoms of heartattack and sweats and all that, which could have been associated with the medication, treated for mitral valve prolapse. I was on betablockers at the t...

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Heart increases at slightest exertion

Allan (41) edinburgh
Having onle every experienced tachycardia twice in my life I find it strange that eating too much chocolate could bring this on.I have my beta blockers atenlol(25mg)at the same time everyday 5 pm but some days i really notice my heart becoming easily tired in early afternoon .Tired in the sense that I will become out of breath relly easily
Is this a sign that something is wrong?
It seems as soon as you get into a steady pace with these meds something throws y...

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New member

I had a pacemaker implanted just 2 wks ago so I'm being careful about my activities untill my Dr gives the ok. I've been a passionate scuba diver for over 40 yrs now , and at first it looked like I'd have to give it up. Now, it seems like all will be ok .I'm sure my first dives with a pm will be accompanied by some anxiety, but I'm also sure that the anxiety will pass with time and experience. I've already decided that I'm going to limit my dives to about 50 ft, and that's ok. Except for t...

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Ups and Downs

I was wondering if anyone experiences intermittent episodes of deep sadness after their PM. My PM was implanted in Feb '08 and paces me 100% in my bottom ventricles because of a complet heart block. I have had it adjusted a couple of times since. I seem to have long stretches of feeling really good- upbeat, high energy- my old self again (well, almost), and then a period of soul wretching sadness hits me. I know what feeling blue is, I have worked through depression in the past, but this is tot...

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Saved!! lol

Just want to say thanks, folks. Have had dual pacer for near 3 weeks now. Never had any thought of having one until I flatlined in emergency room and don't know of anyone that I know has one. Had the surgery and won't be seeing doctor for 3 months. (Technician took staples out) Have been feeling very lost with no info until I found this site. You all have been very helpful in making me feel much better about what going through. Probably be getting addicted to reading the forums here now,...

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Getting my pacemaker tomorrow

Hey,

I'm a first timer here and am getting my pacemaker put in tomorrow. A single chamber demand pacer. I am a firefighter/paramedic (for 10 years)and have been on light duty for 15 months after bradying down to asystole after getting an exposure on the job. I have been dealing with vagal syncope syndrome and bradycardia ever since. After waiting for my body to heal itself my cardiologist and I came to the conclusion that the pacemaker is the way to go to get me back to work. I j...

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new mommy with a pace maker

I recently gave birth to my son Anthony. I went in to the hospital to deliver him but he left the hospital before I did, During my deliver my heart rate drop to 21 beats a minute. I almost die giving birth to him. I never thought that I was going to go through something so powerful. I just got out the hospital with a pace maker and I'm not sure what to do now. I'm getting depressed because I now realize that I would of die and I would of left my new baby and my two year old daughter without...

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Beating the beta blockers!

Hi allan here (41) Edinburgh

Well just completed my second 6 mile walk this week and although I have to admit I felt hellish halfway through the second one i did it.
If I have to learn how to walk again in this new zombie like world of mud I will because I am sure the exercise does me good it sure as hell clears the head.
From now on I am gonna try to be more positive as it is easy to forget the way I felt before i got the pacemaker-

I used to have weeks w...

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Atrial Fibrillation Attacks

Hello All - do any of you know any tricks to halt an atrial fibrillation attack, please? They frighten me so. I've a dual lead ELA pacemaker and take 50mgs of Flecainide twice daily, as well as 2.5mgs of Bisoprolol daily, and have done so since my PM was implanted in April last year. To date the A.Fib's been well-controlled. However, this last week I've suffered several episodes of longer duration. I hate the idea of taking heavier doses of medication.

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I have a well tuned pacer. I hardly know I have it. I am 76 year old, hike and camp alone in the desert. I have more energy than I have had in a long time. The only problem is my wife wants to have a knob installed so she can turn the pacer down.