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I am here to update my life with Afib and my 3rd ablation,,,,,
I have had 3 ablations in 2 month and dont i know it am wiped out last one
5 days ago. Where my heart was pearced and i needed a drain worse few days of my life after the 2nd ablation i swaped Afib for Aflutter never had Aflutter before. so i ended up in A&E I cant ever remember how many times ive been to hospital.. the last ablation failed yet again and yesterday laying in bed to rest my heart went back into Arial Flutter and i am so heart broken mentally and physically. I am grown Man of 46 and ive been in tears most of the day I just dont know what to do anymore feeling my life ended. I am now on more drugs then before blood thiners i am on Amiodarone that scares the life out of me i am on iron tablets because of the blood i lost. I cant do hospitals anymore, i wish i had never had an ablation but people who are waiting for ablations and read this please please dont go off my story xx people of this forums i am lost trully lost :-(
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My last ablation was over a year ago and I'd like to share my story with you to perhaps give you a little encouragement. First of all, you're only 46 so you are still young (I am 60). Please Google Afib and Aflutter and you will see that Aflutter is better than AFib, so the ablations accomplished that much. Now you have to start being proactive and optimistic regarding your health. Otherwise your choice is to continue to sink into depression and that's never a good idea! I have been a life long athlete, right up until my Afib started. I too felt like my life had ended. One loses so much stamina and muscle mass after a long period of illness and inactivity. With the encouragement of my doctor, I started very, very slowly walking a few minutes, 3 days a week. Gradually, I increased my exercise routine....and I mean really, really gradually. It was a period of over a year. I'm finally up to a brisk 30 walk a day, back to teaching and practicing yoga, and I've even gotten back into rock climbing. Nowhere near the level where I was when this started but, I can see that I have been getting more adept with practice. The key is to set small goals and go after them, one small step at a time.
As a result of this, I feel a million times better. I hope I can encourage you to try this path because you CAN get your life back!
Best of luck to you Steven,
I'm really sad to hear how bad you're feeling.
After AFib in 2013 I have had 4 ablations. After each ablation I was completely wiped out for weeks. I had my 4th ablation in July. I don't know yet what the long term outcome will be but I must tell you that I am feeling better than I've felt since all this started.
Thinking of you and hoping you'll start to improve very soon. Sheila
Sorry doesn't even come near to express how I feel for you.Having waited for your ablations and now to feel even worse than when you started out on this dreadful AF journey is soul destroying. I think most on this site share the feeling that this dreadful condition receives very little attention in the media and we get little sympathy from the doctors who just don't realise both the physical and psychological effects it has on you. I had to go for a blood test last week and I too am building up a phobia about just going there.
Do please, please, persevere and once you feel up to it (which you will) find out what next.
Ensure that what you're offered is the recommended treatment regardless of the waiting list or 'cost to the NHS' and keep your doctor in the picture.
My friend had 2 ablations and in the end resorted to a pacemaker - it does all depend on the patient.
I can't have an ablation because the root cause didn't highlight exactly where my problem was during the EP study. Unfortunately I'm starting to have symptoms again this week but am not sure whether it is because of the extremely hot weather we've been having in the south or what.
But do take care, take it easy and then get sorted.
I am sure that at THIS time you are at your loswest ebb BUT PLEASE do not give up your positive attitude. I beat stage 4 Cancer 16 years ago ALONE with prayer, and treatment and SHEER "It is NOT going to gat me" determinayion...and Viloila here I am at age 75 ( WITH this awful but survivable Afib...WE CAN DO IT . You are only 46 so your immune system will heal but WITH a positive oitlook Hon...Thats the secret.
Read all the suppsrtive remarks from us fellow duffers and gain strength from yjeir vines THAT is why w are here .
I send you HYGS LOTS of prayers and Hoping that your next post is a better one ..Yes you are in a better state than before althogh you may not think so right now.Do you have friends and family to dupport you ? I did not but I did have the man upstairs with the help of my guardian angels I will ask them to pay you a visit ..when you feel a warm flutter on your Shoulder as well as maybe your heart..they are ,just "fixing it : and guiding you
so CHIN UP from Costa Rica
Afib is a journey, admittedly you're on a bit of a bumpy road at the moment.
I've just come Amioderone after being on it for six months. Yes it has potentially nasty side effects associated with long term use but it is a strong antiarrythmia and should help keep you in rhythm .
Afib begets afib, and being in rhythm helps you to stay in rhythm. Low dose, short term Amioderone is not so scary if you do the research. Chances of complications are small in low dose usage.
being on Amioderone after my second cardioversion (only stayed in for a few days after my first) dug me out of the hole that I was in and increased my ejection fraction from 25 to 58% in 4 months.
I've been put on Sotolol now , so am hoping things continue as they have.
I also found out that I had severe sleep apnea and addressed this after finding out how it can impact on one's heart.
I hope Amioderone does for you what it has done for me. I feel it has been well worth risking those potentially nasty side effects.
good luck with it all.
(P.S. I am a 49 yo male living in Australia)
Stay strong... we will be thinking about you in MUCH better hands ,,YES push for an early appointment ..the squeaky wheel gets the oil
Blessings ....I KNOW you will be in good hands ,,,
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