I was wondering if anyone else has had the same experiences of AF as I have. I was diagnosed in 2008 and most of my episodes have been "single" ones whereby I go days, but most often weeks and/or months, without one, but when they come along they last a long time (on average about 20 hrs I'd say, with the longest I've had being forty hrs).
However, I also experience a different type of AF that I've always had down the years but these days I get it two or three times a year whereas before it tended to be just the once every twelve months. In these episodes, the AF seems much more erratic I suppose the word is - I have spells of three weeks or so where it never feels that far away.
In this type of AF, I have shorter episodes that are easier to get rid of, but if I sit or lie down for any length of time, they invariably come back.
I went four and half months without any sort of episode recently which is the longest I've been without one in ages, but during this time I sometimes wondered whether the AF would be back with a vengeance when it did return.
In the past week, I've only had one day that was AF free (ironically, I ate a large portion of fish and chips at about 10.30pm when I got in from a football match that night!) and Friday and Saturday saw me in and out of it all of the time. Yesterday was better, but today has not started well.
However, whereas with the more regular and longer episodes where a climb up a steep hill can get me back into sinus rhythm sometimes, all I've tended to need to do to end an episode in the last week is get up and walk about for ten seconds or so - in the past, it's taken a bit more than that to return things to normal with the erratic episodes, but it's always been easier than with the other type.
Strange thing is that in the last week, I've almost wished I was in AF at times because I could then just get on with life rather than be waiting for my heart to start acting funny again (especially if I'm sat down or trying to go to sleep). My attitude as a paroxysmal AF sufferer has always been "well at least it's not persistent or permanent" and I've been puzzled to read sympathetic comments from people with other versions of the condition to those of us who have the one where it comes and goes, but, after the last week, I have begun to see where they are coming from.