in late 2011 I suspected I may have persistent AF. I had suddenly become fatigued climbing stairs and even got tired during the warm up for a game of tennis.This was confirmed by a consultant and I was started on Warfarin. A cardioversion was performed July 2012, my rhythm returned to normal and I felt better. However a week later I was back in AF. At that time I had refused to take Amioderone as I was unhappy about the possible side effects. For some time I decided to live with the AF as I was a bit scared of going down the ablation route. Late October 2013 after my tiredness worsened I had an ablation which although the EP claimed had cured the problem I could feel my pulse was still irregular. Three months later, all agreed that I was still in AF.
A further ablation was arranged for February 2014 which went terribly wrong. I was still in AF but suffered massive bruising and swelling in my right leg and was left more breathless than ever, Over the next few days I had numerous tests to figure out why I was so breathless, the main theory being that I had suffered a Pulmonary Embolism that had since dissipated leaving no trace.
I have since had many tests and scans, my heart is apparently fine as are my lungs but the breathlessness is awesome. I am left gasping for air after climbing the 13 steps to my bedroom.
under a new EP I was advised to start taking Amioderone and recently had a further cardioversion which with the help of the Amioderone was successful having been back in normal rhythm the last ten days. So far after two months on 200mg / day I've had no side effects. I am still severely incapacitated by the breathlessness which would seem to imply that it has nothing to do with the AF but was somehow brought on by my second ablation.
I wonder if anyone has had a similar experience which was eventually cured as at the moment my life is on hold.
Sorry to be so long winded but it's difficult to shorten.