Pacemaker or not?
I was diagnosed with afib 11/2010. I was having episodes every week to two weeks that lasted approx. 4-6hrs at a time. I was started on Pradaxa 150mg 2xday and Rythmol SR 225mg 2xday. The Rythmol SR was awful! I had just as many episodes with it as I did without it and the side effects were bad--felt like I had a band around my chest and my thigh muscles hurt. 1 1/2 months later my cardiologist actually increased that dose to 425mg and scheduled a Holter monitor...I lasted on that a week and had episodes almost daily with the last day I was on it being the worst. The Holter monitor showed besides having afib I also had Brady Tachy Syndrome with HR dropping into the low 40's. He told me that I would probably have to have a pacemaker. He changed my meds to Multaq 400mg 2xday and Metoprolol 25mg 2xday. Within 4hrs of taking these new meds my HR came down to 60 and the afib stopped. Within 2 days the band around my chest was gone and I could breathe again. The muscle pain disappeared. I've only had one episode since being on this med regimen. I'm in the 4th week but have terrible side effects again with lightheadedness, headaches and fatigue. I see my cardiologist on 3/7. My question is has anyone else had a pacemaker placed and did it help with the fatigue or lightheadedness or are these symptoms caused only by the medications? Am I going to have to just learn to live with it? I'am afraid a new medicine will just bring different side effects and the Multaq is doing a good job at keeping the afib in check. Thanks for listening!