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A few questions

Posted: November 17th, 2014, 9:05 am
by ibwagone1
I know everyone is different but is there a "common" problem that might arise after implant of the device? Does anyone in the group hike long distances with a backpack and if so, is it irritating the area of the implant and how did you overcome this obstacle? Also over time can you put some weight on your chest as I sleep on my stomach and there are a couple activities I do where I am in the prone position(no dirty thoughts please!) The closer I get to the date of surgery the more questions I seem to have and some general nervousness and just want to get it over with! Thanks!

Re: A few questions

Posted: November 17th, 2014, 9:50 am
by Colin Pearson
First of all, if you are due to get one, don't be nervous. Every single new person who posts on here with pre-implant nerves, which are quite natural, comes back soon after and says it was a doddle. You will be fine and after the initial healing period you will quickly notice it less and less.

As for the backpacking, never did really long distances but after I got mine I switched to cycling in a big way. Panniers on the bike instead of a backpack helps a lot. The scenery also changes a little bit faster and of course going downhill is very pleasant on a bike.

Physically, mine doesn't impede in anything I do. I'm relatively young at 43 and am very active doing all sorts of stuff you probably shouldn't do with an ICD. It never causes a problem.

You will be fine and most likely will find the ICD causes no problems in your day to day activities unless they are really extreme.

Re: A few questions

Posted: November 17th, 2014, 10:33 am
by notvaporlocked
I cannot address the backpack question but can say that my ICD does not stop me from doing anything I want to do and I am very active. I sleep any way I want, left side, front, whatever and do a lot of upper body physical work on our ranch. I have not found anything the ICD itself keeps me from doing.

The key is to let yourself heal. Don't rush things and keep us posted.


Re: A few questions

Posted: November 17th, 2014, 12:25 pm
by freckles1880
I also do not do backpacking but I have an issue with my seat belt. For that I issue purchased a lambs wool cover that goes over the seat belt and is a cushion for my ICD area.
It does not change the safety value of the seat belt and I am sure a similar pad would work for a back pack.

These are the type of questions many have. Just keep them coming.


Re: A few questions

Posted: November 17th, 2014, 1:40 pm
by mrag
On backpacking, first a few technical medical questions. What's your gender? Are you skinny?

As for "common" problems, other than it seems a few here have dribbled out precious IQ points, I would say thinking too much about the ICD is a big one.

Re: A few questions

Posted: November 17th, 2014, 7:09 pm
by David882
If you need an ICD and don't have it; you should understand your odds of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest are rather small without one.

Your biggest concern should be making sure you understand and follow the doctors directions.

Once you get the implant remember; :armdown: until you are cleared to lift it up by the doctor.

Re: A few questions

Posted: November 17th, 2014, 7:20 pm
by Ozchrissy
From memory we have had this question before about back packs, but I did a search and couldn't find the details. From memory as long as you have padded shoulder pads and also I think the waist strap to take a bit of the pressure off, you should be fine. It also would be dependent on how well padded you are above your insertion. Of course you have to wait for the wound to heal properly first and the device to settle before you try it out.

Re: A few questions

Posted: November 17th, 2014, 10:15 pm
by HenryT
My wife and I are regular day hikers mainly in the Shenandoah National Park and I always carry a day pack. No difficulties over the past 15 years. Personally, I think the benefits of being out in nature outweigh most other concerns. One of my two shocks occurred on a hike with three friends. After catching my breath we picked up our gear and finished the last two or three miles with no further incidents. Although they were never the same lmao4dx


Re: A few questions

Posted: November 18th, 2014, 10:25 am
by ROBO Pop
let's be honest here guys, your days as a pack mule hauling prodigious loads through the mountains are over, over, over. You'll have to stop being an a... However, a reasonable load with a good quality backpack that properly distributes the load will be no problem. The real issue you'll have with backpacking is finding an extension cord long enough to haul your ICD monitor along with you.

Relax, life doesn't end with ends with marriage.

Re: A few questions

Posted: November 18th, 2014, 5:00 pm
by Ozchrissy
Oh Henry, I can appreciate how your friends reacted. We become so attuned to our devices when we need them, that a shock makes us better, and it is hard for non bionic people to accept how our devices are our safety net, not a medical emergency. I honestly feel we are the lucky ones.

Re: A few questions

Posted: November 18th, 2014, 11:28 pm
by ibwagone1
Thanks all for the great answers! My goal is to continue to hike the Sierra's to continue surfing and to be the best grandfather I can be!

Re: A few questions

Posted: November 30th, 2018, 12:41 pm
by ShortyTelameres
I got a 30 liter One shoulder sling bag, but it seems to throw my back uncomfortably to the left. In October when I thought the pain had ended, I used an
old external frame pack with a seat belt cover,( for traveling, not back-country hiking) it worked pretty well (figuring less than 25 lb. loads)., but now the pain is back.