I'm happy to have come upon this support group via the atrial fibrillation blog.
Here's my story: Afib came a knockin' at my door in 2009. After 3 failed cardioversions and amidarone failed to restore sinus rhythym, I had my first ablation in August of that year to treat persistent afib. Having been knocked off my feet by the afib and accompanying chorus of palpitations, breathlessness and loss of energy and stamina, I had much to celebrate and a lot to be thankful for when sinus rhythm was restored.
Fast forward to 2017. This past January 5th I resolved to get healthy following a regimen of diet and exercise. By mid March I had lost 75 pounds and was feeling better than I had been in over 25 years. With each passing year following my 2009 ablation, I figured I was in the clear. It came as a shock and unpleasant surprise when I was confronted with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation this past March. As before, the symptoms knocked me off my feet. Because of my history of failed cardioversions, my cardiologist put me back on amiodarone and eloquis pending consultation with my EP. I had a second ablation on July 10th and was looking forward to getting back into the groove of the cardio exercise regimen that helped me lose the weight. Unfortunately this time around I am still dealing with afib and symptoms far worse than they were pre-ablation. I spent the last weekend in July in the hospital after experiencing chest pain and am currently waiting out the 3 months I am told it takes for the heart to heal from the procedure. I don't know whether or not the afib will resolve but am certainly discouraged and am tired feeling 20 years older than my age. The end of September I will be put on a monitor and will follow up with my EP November 3rd. If I am still in afib he will recommend the maze procedure.
A couple of weeks ago I invested in AliveCor's Kardia Mobile so I could have some peace of mind monitoring my own progress (or lack thereof) and put a face on the symptoms I am still experiencing. In the past three weeks I have had over 50 EKG's identifying afib.
I am eager to learn from the stories and experiences of others in this support group and perhaps find for myself or bring to others comfort or solace as I continue my journey down the road called afib.