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Stinging and discomfort after 4 months

I've had my Medtronic  PM for 4 months but I still have lots of stinging, discomfort and soreness. I've called my surgeons office and seen him several but they want me to give it six months. It's very frustrating because I had absolutely no symptoms except tiredness before my implantation and now I've had four months of discomfort and stinging. Anybody else had this? Suggestions for dealing with it.

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one month after

thanks. it is my meds that are making me tired and dizzy. called  my prescription service. they were a great help explaining  how my drugs work. it was never explained to me when I left the hospital

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Antenna

I have an old am radio with antenna.  Is it safe to have next to bed with pacemaker.

  Tks Jerry

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LQTS Genetic Testing and Ongoing Care

Hi Friends!

Does anyone have experience receiving care at Stanford, Cedar Sinai, or UCLA? If so, would you be willing to comment on your patient care experience? Possibly recommend a physician?

Also, has anyone run into issues getting insurance to pay for genetic testing? If so, do you have any tips?

Thanks in advance! 

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one month after

I am still dizzy and very tired. cannot  figure if it is my mess or pm. any advise

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pacemaker settings

Frequently when I am walking up and down hills my chest starts to hurt. After a couple of minutes the pain stops and i can keep going without further problems. The top # on my pacemaker is set at 150bpm.  This never happens when I am working out at the gym with a trainer. Ekg shows that my rhythm changes for several seconds when my HR reaches around 150.  Could the two be related?  If so, why would my rhythm change.

Thanks, Jim Owings

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Understanding Pacemaker Reorts

Can anyone tell me what is the significance of AS-VS?  I know that it stands for Atrial Sensing-Ventricular Sensing, and the meaning of Sensing seems pretty clear, if it's the common english meaning of the word. But is it as simple as it seems, and shldn't Atrial Sensing and Ventricular Sensing be two different figs? I want to confirm if it means an event that triggers PM action, as in P-Pacing? 

K. Gopal Rao

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first checkup

Hi, I've had my pacemaker 2 weeks. Friday had my first check up. I was very nervous as to what it look like under the bandage. I'm happy to say it looked really good. I was very nervous but everything was fine. Arm soreness is still there but it's getting better. I wondered why there was a tingling sensation around my pacemaker I was told it's part of the healing with the nerves. So that made me feel better. I'm  still  nervous about over using  my left...

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Lumps

So I am an idiot 😢. I've had my pacemaker for just over a year.  Recently started going to the chiropractor for severe neck issues causing neurological itching of my arms which is enough to drive a person crazy 😜 She uses an activator. Pushes hard with the metal activator and clicks it... On Friday she adjusted my shoulders and I totally forgot about the pacemaker! I don't think it was directly on the pacemaker but above, maybe hitting the edge a bit.  this was the...

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where did they go

Was wondering  wether  the 2 who were struggleing with copping with getting a pacemaker/icd.  Removed themselves or were dropped  by this forum.  As i wanted to sleep on my answer before writing to them. 

New to Pace

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Beta blockers

Has anyone had trouble with beta blockers. Whenever I take them my stomach is a mess and I get very sleepy and sluggish. I hate them but don't know what to do, I have to say I have trouble with most medications stomach wise and wonder now if it could be an intolerance to a specific ingredient

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PM to ICD

Got my device upgraded from PM to ICD to handle the sustained vtac episodes.My EP had to extract 2 leads by going through the groin and luckily it went smooth.I guess its one silver lining of having surgeries done at a relatively young age.Now I am Bi-V paced and the pain isn't too bad.Hoping to get back to my IT work in a couple of days. WFH due to covid means I dont have to commute atleast till June and may be longer.Thank you for all your encouraging words and support.BTW the name I ch...

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Post PM Living and Fears

Good evening. New here. I am three weeks into having my PM and I love it BUT I can't get past the fears of leaving my house or hotel room (comfort zones). I have been told by my cardiologist and my echocardio doctor that this is normal and nothing is going to happen to me. I have VERY high anxiety issues. Please feed me some good insight please. This is driving me insane. 
 

Thank you all. 

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Seat belt or back pack strap

If you are bothered by your seat belt strap or back pack strap, I found fleece velcro seat belt covers at Walmart in the automotive section. They are for people that don't like the seat belt rubbing on their neck, but they are great to position over where the pacemaker is. I also use them on the one strap of my backpack.

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Pacemaker adjustment

I had my pacemaker put in Oct/2020. They had me at 70bpm and I kept getting more short of breath and my exercise tolerance was low. Yesterday he lowered me to 50 while I sleep, 60 during the day and 140. Since then I feel a little light headed-not bad, I can function. Energy level is wonderful! Is the lightheadedness just something that my heart is getting used to the new numbers? The adjustment took away the shortness of breath immediately!

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Kayaking

is kayaking okay with a pacemaker? I was never told it wasn't but i have since read it can wear down the leads due to repetitive movement. 

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ICD detecting a heart attack

Will my Medtronic ICD (model DDMB1D4) detect a heart attack and will it show in the records of an interrogation?  We're refering to a heart attack caused by blockage of an artery.

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Pain in heart

Can people remember how long it was before there was no pain in the heart after their first implant? 

It seems to flare up a day or so after exercise still and I'm now at four months.

It's not excruciating more like a mild toothache type pain that throbs .

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Tools

Can I use a concrete vibrator? I know I can use a weed eater or chain saw if someone could answer I'd be greatful 

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Head gets heated and I start feeling lightheaded

Dear Friends,

I have had pacemaker for more than 3 years now, but lately I have started noticing that when I get into high pitch while talking my head starts getting heated and I start feeling light headed, anyone else have ever experienced this or knows what it could be?

 

thanks 

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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.