Most Recent Messages in Coping

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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Projects

Have you ever felt like you're being left out? Well, I know that felling very well. One day in school, I was assinged a video project and one of the girls that I worked with told me to pick out the music. So whiile I was doing that, the girl pushed me out the way and she picked out the music. I dealt with this very carefullly because I didn't want to hurt her feelings. So, I backed out and let the other two girls to the project by themselves.

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response to CathrynB

I am a new "pacer" as of 11-7-07 and I also have discomfort that seeems to be increasing over the incision site especially when I am wearing my seatbelt. I did purchase the seatbelt adapter but it does not seem to help. I have also tried the sheepskin covers and they work somewhat but not after a long period of driving. Any suggestions? Is it too soon for me to start using the massage therapy suggested by CathrynB? Thanks for any info.


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Anxiety

Anxiety is an enemy to our lives. It has no care how old you are or when it decides to invade your mind and body. It will meet you in the supermarket. It's time of attacks will come in your quietest moments. It has a way of disrupting our will to have the peace of mind we all deserve. It will rob you of your happiness. It begins to attack your body more and more as the thoughts of doom is in scripted in your mind. It's been said that anxiety can brings you to a world of uncontrolled physical bre...

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Panic

I've posted previously on difficulties with anxiety (I had thought that a panic attack may have been responsible for an episode of arrythmia I suffered). Now I believe there were several factors at work, but I cannot get rid of the anxiety that it can happen any time. I have been having extreme anxiety every time I leave the house---especially alone---which is immensely inconvenient. I am a very independent person (I love to see movies by myself, spend a lot of time walking alone, etc.) and I ca...

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Clueless

I am a 35 year old male I got my icd Jan.4 2007 I was active duty in the army. I was forced to med retire out. now i cant do the old jobs before military. i am not quit sure of the jobs i can do does anyone have a clue

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never could i have guessed!

Wow the big day is almost here!! To tell you the truth I tryed to stay away from this site until after I got home. Kinda to forget about the pm I think but it hasnt helped @ all! hehe I think it has actually made it harder, so here I am! lol I think it finally hit me last nite that its actually going to happen in 14 hours! I didnt think I would be this afraid! I mean you guys have all given me the help I have needed why cant I just stop thinking about it and do it! I realize I will be much bette...

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Could something be wrong?

Hi fellow pacers,

I had my first pacemaker implanted 26th Nov 07 for congential complete heart block causing low heart rate 40 bpm and have my 6 week check up on Weds (9th).

Although I'm definitely feeling a lot better and the pre-PM symptoms of fatigue, migraines, neck pressure pain, heart thumping, left-sided numbness and lightheadedness have more or less gone, I've noticed a reduction in the benefits over the past two weeks.

Basically, I don't feel as 'well'...

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Silly I know

I know this is silly but would anyone mind sending me a pic of their scar? My e-mail is lil_sassy_angel11@verizon.net. If not it isnt a big deal im just stressin.

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Complicated question

Hey everyone,
well as some of you may know I got my first PM in June for syncope episodes due to low BP and a condition called dysautonomia. I am on tons of BP meds and now with the PM I thought I would be doing much better. Well this is not really the case, I am still fainting at least twice weekly with no warning signs. Many injuries from this!!!!!
The fainting has been plagueing me for over three years. I have not been able to drive or work. I have accepted that I may never fu...

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Finally a good change!!

Well as you all know I have had crazy ride! From the 9th to the 30th............to the 7th!! Im super excited and that kinda scares me! Why on earth would I be excited? I know why, im ready to feel better, move on with my life and have a baby! hehe So for those of you who wanted to know when........ its this Monday the 7th @ 6:00am! Yes im excited but im not yet over the fear, I actually dont think it has hit yet! So please keep me in mind! To each and everyone that has helped me this far I cant...

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aching

Hi does any body get an aching in back of shoulder blade when i become active side of pacemaker. I have it 1 month Thank you

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new year

Well seems I'm always fortunate to see, or meet someone who has it just as bad or worse then I, and I say,"there but for the grace of God go I." Happy New Year, thanks for hope and cheer placed here. J.T.

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Anyone for Chat

I will be in if you wish to join

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Darn IT!!!

Well as you all know I WAS going to have my pm put in on Jan 9th!! The hospital called me this am and let me know that they needed to move the apt. They said that it was booked to late in the day and the next date would be Jan 30th! I know that doesnt seem like long but I really dont think I can sit here and think about it that long! Im going nuts!! I thought 10 days was a long time to wait and now 30!! I have already been to the hospital once since we set the date due to stress!! So I called my...

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wanna chat

pacergirl would u like to chat

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Some good news at last

My father Kenneth should had been having a CT scan next year 2008, but having read about chemotherapy tablets the family pushed early December 2007 for him to have a second CT scan. We received the results 2 weeks ago. The consultant is very pleased with the results and the tumor has decreased and he does not want to see my father until next March 2008.

As a family everyday we have been giving him, Mushroom Drops, Q10, Oxygen drops, Coral Calcium, Shark Tablet, Moducare, Seleno an...

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Jan. 9th

Welp ....... just got off the phone with my nurse and I will have my pacemaker as of Jan. 9th @ 1:00pm! Any advice as I get ready for that day?

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You know you're wired when...

You have a 25 year mortgage on your device.

Member Quotes

I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for pacemakers. I've had mine for 35+ years. I was fainting all of the time and had flat-lined also. I feel very blessed to live in this time of technology.