I can only tell you how it was for me. I just had a local anaesthetic and I knew nothing at all from the moment they gave this to me until I came round when it was all over. I had a TOE which I think checks blood isn’t pooling or something. I had 2 freezes in all four veins and did go into AF while all this was going on but I was cardioverted and have been in sinus rhythm ever since.
I woke up with no aches or pains, no sore throat, or anything at all that I could complain about. Of course I was tired and took it really easy. On the eighth night I woke with bad pains in my chest. Prof Schilling had said this might happen. Of course this did make me nervous but a couple of phone calls and I was reassured and eventually went back to sleep in a sitting position and when I woke the pains had gone. Now, nearly four weeks on, I do get aches in my chest but nothing like the first episode and I am sure they will go away.
I have been taking Riveroxaban for some months now with no ill effects. I don’t have regular blood tests although I have asked my NH doctor to prescribe it and she is having blood tests done on Friday. This doesn’t mean I’ll get an NH prescription but it is so expensive it is worth a try as it has been approved by NICE and I never reached therapeutic levels with Warferin and had to have regular blood tests with that which I think should be taken into account when costing. Professsor Schilling did say I will have to stay on it long term.
The strange thing is that I had a replacement hip two years ago, before I had PAF. I really wouldn’t like to say which I would have done first, best discussed with your doctor I think. Of course living so far away is a nuisance, but hopefully it is a one off and I personally would prefer to have the doctor of my choice and just cope with the travelling.
I do hope all this is of some help. PLEASE do feel free to ask any questions which might be helpful
Best wishes Penny