About 4 years ago I had to have a defibrillator put in my chest which replaced a pacemaker . From the moment it was put in I have had trouble with my blood pressure suddenly dropping, sometimes when I try to do physical work and sometimes for no reason at all. It will drop into the 60/40 range which stops me in my tracks and gives me a terrible headache in the back of my head and a severe backache in my upper back and shoulders. My doctors don't seem to be able to figure out what is wrong and I'm not sure they are putting a lot of effort into it. They tell me my defibrillator is working fine and my ejection fraction is good and that is all the help I get. It is causing major disruptions in the way I live my life because I am spending half my time in a recliner or on the bed. Does anyone suffer from the same symptoms and are there any solutions.View Thread
Thanks for your input. It seems to me I might have a blood flow issue, I'm just having trouble getting anyone to address it. What kind of compensatory mechanisms are you talking about that change the diameter of veins and small blood vessels?View Thread
As far as I know I have only seen the regular cardiologist and the Dr.who deals with the defibrillator, who could very well be an electrophysiologist. When I told him what my symptoms were he said quote, "well Mrs. Hawkins we've never heard anything like that so if what you're saying is true, you'd be the first". I went to another device specialist, well known I might add, who checked the defibrillator and couldn't find anything wrong either. To me it seems like the defibrillator is working fine it is just causing other problems in my vessels or something. They left the old wires from my old pacemaker in there because they said it would be took risky to take them out, could that be a problem? Another symptom I have is blood rushing to my head when ever I bend over; tying my shoes, brushing my teeth etc. My face immediately gets red and flushed and I feel like I have someones hand around my neck, restricting the blood flow.View Thread
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