Support and sharing is a great idea. I will be 4 years post pacemaker in January. Many odd sensations the first 6 months and I was pacing 15 and 27 %. Suddenly at about 11 months post, my pacemaker was pacing about 80% more. I have wondered if the pacemaker itself triggered the dependence. I guess that I will never know.
I also regret not getting a second opinion at the time. I only say this now to encourage others to definitely get another opinion for peace of mind. It is also extremely important to be told that the pacemaker will impact tests (MRI-even if compatible) and increased chance of infection if having a surgery after getting a pacemaker. My Dr did not mention this.
Because of increased pacing and dependence, I get an annual ultrasound to check the ejection fraction and overall heart health. So far, so good. I exercise regularly and have good habits. Getting the PM before age 65 was a surprise and caused some depression. Also my resting pulse used to be around 50. Now it’s always 70-80 and occasionally higher. I don’t like this either but there is little I can do is my understanding.