Pacemaker insertion: Feeling depressed and anixious, is this normal?

Posted by labba2 @labba2, May 17 9:44am

Just had a pacemaker inserted which was not expected. I'm feeling depressed and anxious. At times nervous. Is this normal

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I had a pacemaker installed last September. At first, everything went well. Now, when I exercise, my blood pressure drops substantially to the point of being dizzy, lightheaded, fatigued etc. I've stopped all bp medications except eliquist. Still I have substantially lower bp. Also, I've experienced Afib again. I've have read about pacemaker syndrome and symptoms. Has anyone experienced this type challenge?

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I have had AFIB for about 5 years , I’m presently on Cardizem LA and Coumadin after taking Eliquis for those 5 years. Had an Echo and Stress test last week at Mayo , my Dr said I may need a Pacemaker with an A/V node ablation . We will discuss options in June when I have an appointment with him and another Cardiologist.
Is there anyone out there who has had the Pacemaker as well as the A/V node ablation. I’m a little apprehensive about the procedure.
Thank you , Nora

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@maeglintwo

I have had AFIB for about 5 years , I’m presently on Cardizem LA and Coumadin after taking Eliquis for those 5 years. Had an Echo and Stress test last week at Mayo , my Dr said I may need a Pacemaker with an A/V node ablation . We will discuss options in June when I have an appointment with him and another Cardiologist.
Is there anyone out there who has had the Pacemaker as well as the A/V node ablation. I’m a little apprehensive about the procedure.
Thank you , Nora

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I just had it done last week and it went well so far . I’m completely on my pacer . But it is psychological stressful before . I had a hard time thinking that I was ‘pulling the plug on my heart electrical system’ but I feel the best in 5 years . I’m a nurse and that makes it harder . Everyone at mayo was exceptionally great. Tara

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@almer

I just had it done last week and it went well so far . I’m completely on my pacer . But it is psychological stressful before . I had a hard time thinking that I was ‘pulling the plug on my heart electrical system’ but I feel the best in 5 years . I’m a nurse and that makes it harder . Everyone at mayo was exceptionally great. Tara

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Hi Tara. Thanks for telling me you’re doing great now . I can certainly identify with the apprehension and the psychological state before the surgery. I’m a nurse also , and I feel the same way . Maybe we know too much ! Lol. Definitely looking forward to feeling better.
Thanks again, Nora

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@maeglintwo

Hi Tara. Thanks for telling me you’re doing great now . I can certainly identify with the apprehension and the psychological state before the surgery. I’m a nurse also , and I feel the same way . Maybe we know too much ! Lol. Definitely looking forward to feeling better.
Thanks again, Nora

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Yes Nora I think as nurses we know just enough to be dangerous . Please let me know how you do . I’ll keep you in my thoughts . Tara

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Yes, this is quite normal. You've had a shock to your system. It takes the body time to adjust. I had lots of small aches and pains and tenderness in the area. Each time something moved, I was worried that there was something really wrong. But, it was just post-op, getting used to something in my body.
Mine was unexpected too. It is a bit of a shock. You may also feel hesitant to do anything. That's fine too. You need rest and time. Follow the 'what not to do' rules about lifting things and so on. Take your time. When I returned to the gym, I was quite nervous. I am now 8 months in and attending the gym regularly, regaining my confidence and strength. Slow and easy.
You will regain your confidence and nervousness and worry will fade. Last year on my 75th birthday (pre-pacemaker) I did a major deadlift. I was teasing my trainer about what we'd do to celebrate my 76 birthday. She said, "we will celebrate that you are having a 76th birthday."

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@mfenn

Yes, this is quite normal. You've had a shock to your system. It takes the body time to adjust. I had lots of small aches and pains and tenderness in the area. Each time something moved, I was worried that there was something really wrong. But, it was just post-op, getting used to something in my body.
Mine was unexpected too. It is a bit of a shock. You may also feel hesitant to do anything. That's fine too. You need rest and time. Follow the 'what not to do' rules about lifting things and so on. Take your time. When I returned to the gym, I was quite nervous. I am now 8 months in and attending the gym regularly, regaining my confidence and strength. Slow and easy.
You will regain your confidence and nervousness and worry will fade. Last year on my 75th birthday (pre-pacemaker) I did a major deadlift. I was teasing my trainer about what we'd do to celebrate my 76 birthday. She said, "we will celebrate that you are having a 76th birthday."

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Thanks so much for the encouragement. My fears are normal and good to know I am not alone .♥️

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@clearwater7

I had a pacemaker installed last September. At first, everything went well. Now, when I exercise, my blood pressure drops substantially to the point of being dizzy, lightheaded, fatigued etc. I've stopped all bp medications except eliquist. Still I have substantially lower bp. Also, I've experienced Afib again. I've have read about pacemaker syndrome and symptoms. Has anyone experienced this type challenge?

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I’m so sorry to hear that , I’m attempting to research pacemakers, thinking about getting one with AV node ablation , scary to say the least . I’m hoping your post will cause more people to respond about any problems or issues they’ve had with Pacemakers. Take care , Nora

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My doctor has changed the perimeters of pacemaker settings and I'm withholding blood pressure medication until after exercising. These changes seem to be helping.

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