Most Recent Messages in Coping

Chiropractics and Physiotherapy

Whenever I go for one of these treatments, I always remind the practitioner about my pacemaker and even indicate where it is. Nevertheless some of them seem to go all "automatic" on me and either apply force or extreme pressure to the pacemaker area. I feel like wearing a placard or large brooch over the area. For one thing, It feels uncomfortable when they do anything over the pacemaker site but I wonder, as well, if it is potentially harmful.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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trouble since day 1

Had the thing (pacemaker) implanted in 2014 due to 2:1 heart block.  Have had nothing but trouble since.  Constant pain at the site, problems with settings, can't do any exercise using left arm or lift any weight at all without pain, it has never been comfortable, I have never gotten used to it... I can go on and on.  Have changed doctors several times, had SO many tests, they all say the thing is operating fine, and there's nothing wrong with my heart (e...

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Iritation - tingling

I had a Biotrinik Eluna 8 DR-T installed Nov18 as precaution since there was no definitive diagnosis.

I frequently experience tingling around the  PM which I'm told it is nerves reacting or recovering from the PM.  Sometimes it appears my shirt may touch or rub and trigger the discomfort. But then  it will occur when I'm  shirtless  (advantage of working from home)  specifically to avoid  this issue.

There doesn't appear to...

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new implant discomfort

I had my PM implanted about 2 weeks ago... 

after about 10 days I've started having incredible discomfort at the site. feels like it rubbing against my colar bone..  it that normal?  Will it go away? 

TIA for the support....

 

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pacemaker site

I have had my pacemaker for 7 years and lately I am having pain and discomfort where it is implanted - its like an ache and sometimes gets stronger. Don't know if I should let the Dr know or just wait until my next visit and ask.  Anyone else have this problem?

thanks

Pam

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Airplane travel with PM

I will be traveling soon for the first time with my new PaceMaker.  I am a little  anxious about the airport security.  I do  have the PM card to show.  Will I still be going thru the screening and how does that affect the  PM?  Thanks so much for all the advice, it has really helped as my Dr. hasn't been very connected or available.  

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New Pacemaker CRT-P excercise concerns as well as aches and pains!!

Hi Guys Very new to this game so treat me gently please!

Im 78yrs of age,and very quickly is that over the last 12 months I have endured being told I suffer from severe heart failure in the shape of left venticular block.PLus a great deal of work as follows.

I had an emrgency trip on the 14th Feb 2018 to have stent fitted to my main artery(which Im told saved my life).I then went on to have a series of tests,some such as the cardio MRI 90 minutes sqeezed into a small tube,very dif...

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Pace maker obvious

It has been 4 weeks since PM implant, is it normal to have half of it protruding quite a bit?  Will it be less obvious in time?  Thanks for info....

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I am bummed out

Hi Guys,

I had a stress test last October. I felt that I had aced it, notwithstanding a bout of post-exercise asthma (I am NOT asthmatic - I just overdid it). My cardiologist called me afterwards and asked me how I was doing - unusual for him. I said I felt fine, and that was the end of that. A couple of days ago, my GP got a hold of the report and said he wanted to see me IMMEDIATELY. He has concluded that I have angina and prescribed nitro. He wants me to see my cardiologist and insis...

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new here

I went to the ER because I had a back spasm. The muscle under my shoulder blade felt like it tied itself in a knot. I have DM1 so I've had this happen before. I called 911 because I couldn't even walk, that's the worse it's ever been. When the ambulance came they took me away, they couldn't give me any pain meds cause my heart was 33 BPM. I was in excruciating pain for hours, finally the muscle relaxer. The next day they said I needed a pacemaker, I'm only 34 ...

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Broken lead

Good morning pacers! I had my pacemaker implanted 7mo ago, now they're telling my lead has either broken or come loose. wondering has any of you had this to happen so soon. Now I have to have my pacemaker taken out and replaced very disturbing to me. This pacemaker has not been right from the beginning. Need to find out if there has been a recall on these leads.does any know where I might obtain such imformation? 

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Still Anxious

Well, I am into my 7 th week of post pacemaker and still feeling odd. I am also doing PT who comes to my home. Doctor has decreased blood pressure omens over the next two weeks. 

I am seeing a therapist and taking Lexapro and one half tab of Xanax two times a day. Helps a little, but still anxious, not sure over what though. I want to get back to work, at least part time. I had a caregiver for a week, because I was so dizzy and it was bad. Wondering if this is just going to take mo...

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Is pm a private matter?

Hi all,

I'm a new member to the site from Finland. I'm 33 years, male, and I have AV block 3, and it was diagnosed about 6 years ago. A PM was recommended from the beginning but I have been reluctant to have one. I haven't had any major problems with my health, although now I maybe understand better why I never was the best in any sports in school. 

After the diagnose, I have been regularly tested to find out if there are any changes to HR. (Holter, ultrasound etc...

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SubMammary Inplantation

Hi All -

After four months of activity with my pacemaker, I am noticing irritaion and inconvenience as a female with the standard upper chest inplant.  One, both my swim suit and sports bra grand over the pacemaker.  My regular bras have to be purchased with a strap narrow enough to run along side the pacemaker and then they have to be cushioned to stop irritaion.

Have any of you had a Submammary device placement (SMI)?  How is it working?  Also, were you given...

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Anxiety/Depression

Are severe anxiety and depression common after pacemaker implant? I am 5 week’s out of having a PM.I am currently on Xanax and Lexapro for anxiety. Also, seeing a therapist. Just have never felt this way ever. Delayed reaction to other things. I am really feeling ok about my new pacemaker, but wonder if there are underlying issues? Having my BP meds checked tomorrow.

Thanks

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Pain post-Pacemaker and Ibuprofen

Well, here I am back again with another question. It has been less than three weeks following my Medtronic pacemaker implantation, and I get these fleeting periodic pains in and around my heart. They are responsive to Ibuprofen; however, I don't want to be on this drug for the rest of my life. Can I expect the pain eventually to go away, or will I be stuck with it?

Also, there has been another consequence. I always had hypertension, but now that the pacemaker is here, my pulse is no...

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Still not feeling well

it has been one month since my pacemaker. All is well with me medically. I have good “hours” and an occasional  good day. I am going back to school on Monday. At times I feel a bit light headed and just off. I explained this to my NP, and my blood pressure meds may have to be adjusted. I am also on 10  mgs of Paxil for anxiety. I started taking this in Nov due to really bad afib episodes. Not sure if this is the correct medication. I am seeing another NP on Tue...

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WEIGHT LOSS

when I got my pacemaker I was 115 pounds. I had complete heart block for bradycardia. I got the pacemaker in April 2017. By November of that year people noticed that I lost a little weight. I never really noticed. But I weighed myself a few days ago after my friends told me I look too thin. I was shocked that I now weigh 101 pounds. I am 5’3. I haven’t deliberately tried to lose weight and am not on any medication. Any thoughts?

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Pacemaker and shoulder muscle

19 months since Sparky arrived and all the EP visits have been just fine - zero issues with the pacemaker, but I do have a question.

I'm right handed and the PM is on the left side in what I would guess is the normal kind of pocket maybe an inch or so below my colar bone and maybe 2 inches from my rotator cup.

Over the past few months, I've been expierencing some discomfort when I try to sleep on my left side as the edge of the PM seems to dig into the muscle between the P...

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Feedback

Thank you to everyone that responded to my post. 2019 will be a great year for me. I realize that with my small frame I'm going to have some discomfort. I didn't realize how weak I was until I started physical therapy. PT is gong well and I do my therapy at home as well. My site is very sensitive to stress as the keloid sits on the device so I have to eliminate as much as possible. I am now accepting the fact that this is my new normal. My divorce will be final this month and I&#...

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You play MP3 files on your pacer.

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