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Still discomfort and stinging

I received my medtronic PM four months ago and have lots of discomfort and stinging daily and especially trying to sleep. My cardiologist does not seem to address any of my concerns. I know some of you have had stinging so I need advice. His nurse keeps telling me to just give it longer time with no suggestions on how to deal with it except over-the-counter pain medication which doesn't seem to help much. Any help would be appreciated. 

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Two devices?

Has anyone made the switch from one type of device to another and been told they wanted to leave the first device in as a backup?  This seems odd to me, and perhaps a coverup of them not wanting to take the time to extract the first device;  I could be totally wrong and this might be totally logical, maybe y'all can help me out with this one?

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Post operation questions

I'll be 52 in a couple of days and just had a pacemaker put in a little over two weeks ago. My BPM was in the 30's and 40's for quite some and now it's been set at a minimum of 60 BPM and my energy has increased tremendously.

I still have some tenderness around the incision and numbness in the area where the pacemaker is. Curious if that will go away and if anyone experienced the same. Also, still can't work out for a few more weeks but wondering if anyone can s...

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Tens machine

Hi 

I'm seeing my chiropractor tomorrow and he mentioned using a tens machine to relax my back muscles is this wise with a pm?

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Arythmias

Hi there,

had a pacemaker fitted three weeks ago for sick sinus syndrome,it’s been set ar 55bpm,it’s now keeping my heart to that level and tablets are stopping it going to fast, yesterday all afternoon I experienced abnormal heartbeats, is this normal or should a pacemaker regulate those as well does anyone know?

many thanks

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Possible replacement of PM with ICD

Hi 

I've had a PM, for second degree heart block, since October 2018 with no issues.  Last week my cardiologist's secretary phoned and said the cardiologist wants to see me - This appointment is tomorrow.

It seems my PM picked up an episode of ventricular tachycardia [VT].  I don't know how long the episode lasted or if there was more than one.  I was unaware of any episode. 

My general practictioner advised me that the cardiologist most...

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due for battery replacement

I am due for a battery replacement soon, I think.  My PM was implanted in February 2011 (St Jude).  Last June 2020, I had 4 years left.  My last PM check (March 26th) shows I have 2 years left.  Two years disappeared in 9 months.  My pacemaker nurse said I should keep an eye on how fatigued I get.  Just curious what you experience when your battery is running low.  I get dizzy too.  My legs get heavy but I can walk a mile still.  

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Healing time

I had PM implanted 10 days ago on a "rush" and didn't have any preparation time. In addition, my lung was nicked so I have a small pneumothorax. It is hard to discern whether small stabs of pain on left side - arm, shoulder, chest - are from healing process of surgery and collapsed lung or more serious. And I have so little energy. Feeling a bit discouraged and anxious. Any words of encouragement would be appreciated. 

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AV DELAY

Hi All!

It's been a while since my last post but I've been narrowing down my issues and I wanted to get anyone's thoughts on AV DELAY. When the PM was first placed it was set at 50/120 and nothing else. I felt fine. Then from there I've had the CLS turned on, then turned off, Rate Response turned on, then turned off. I had the AV DELAY HYSTERESIS turned on with I believe a 300ms delay but according to my EP it was causing occasional Retrograde Conduction. Now&n...

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p m device

thank you all for your answer  about my bedside devise. mine is a biotronic no buttons. they tell everything is ok. if anything wrong they

will advise. still need to know how it works. again thanks to all

 

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Pulse

Received my pacemaker yesterday I can feel the pulse signal. Hard to go to sleep. Is this normal or is it a setting 

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pm device

does anyone else has a monitor you keep at your bedside. and they aytomatic read it no sending report

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anxiety

Had my pacemaker two days ago.  Had a good first day home but today I feel so anxious again.  Anyone else newly paced and can compare notes.   Was not feeling ill before procedure but bought myself an Optimeter and discovered my heart was beating so slow.  Within three weeks I had received wonderful treatment from Royal Bournemouth Hospital and a two lead pacemaker fitted.  Was supposed to have three leads, but after three hours they gave up trying to fit th...

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PACEMAKER POSSIBILITIES

Thanks to modern technoiogy, I will be celebrating my seventy-ninth in April. I received my pacmaker in August of 2019, and have gotten used to pacing myself, a small price to pay when you consider the benefit. My wife and I are planning a major adventure, we're taking a thirty day trip across the U.S.A. starting on April 2, 2021. I intend to spend my birthday at the Grand Canyon. We intended to do this trip last year, but were prevented by the pandemic.

Well I'm...

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Sick sinus syndrome

Hello everyone I posted before about how my heart is not fully using my pacemaker and that it only uses 2% I've had it for 5 months now, a week ago my doctor told me that I have sick sinus syndrome I guess my diagnosis with AV block wasn't accurate this is disappointing going through all of that for nothing... any ideas if my pacemaker will help me in this syndrome?

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Abandoned Atrial lead tip

Hello all,

Happy Saturday, hope all are well. (During this weird and scary time...)

Last August (2020), I had my leads removed then replaced at time of pacemaker replacement, my atrial lead threshold was too high, it wasn't capturing, so needed to be replaced.  Surgeon opted to replace the ventrical lead at the same time. They couldn't get the atrial lead out completely so the tip of this lead was abandoned and remains lodged in my a...

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non pacemaker person

I am not going to help those anymore who say they  did not want a pacemaker along with their phamton problem's.  They have wasted my time and yours.

  This website does need some type of upgrade so we do not have to be subjected to this abuse.  I know spammers can get around this, but we should make it harder for them to do so.  Such as you must  confirm to the email when it is sent to us, when that is back up.  Before you can post.  Or y...

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Pacemaker changes ?

Good morning all ! i had an MRI yesterday on my foot, an issue I've been dealing with for 20+ years. The Medtronic rep came to put my pm into " safe " mode. I told him and the MRI tech that I guess I was  anxious -rapid heart rate - not with the MRI- but with anything pertaining to the PM. The rep made his adjustments and they took me in to get the MRI. I was getting hooked with etc. when the rep asked how long my procedure would take and he was told about an hour and...

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Co-vid vaccine

Has anyone had a reaction to the second Co-vid vaccine? I had a PM adjustment on Friday, turning on my Rate Respnse and lowering my pulse to 50 at night and 60 during the day. Saturday I had my second Co-vid vaccine. Since both, I have had a light headed feeling. My BP is 103/73 and my pulse is 80 sitting here at the computer. I did run a fever of 101 over the weekend and I know that was due to the vaccine. I tried a 2 mile walk yesterday and at the 1 mile point my pulse was 60 and...

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Treadmill Test - experiences?

My EP has suggested a good way forward to check what is going on during exercise is a Treadmill test.

I have so much floating around my head at the moment as I am not sure whether I need more pacemaker support during exercise or less. I desperately need to not go off in the wrong direction after this test.

How will they decide if I need more ventricular intervention or less ventricular intervention?

 

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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.