Hi all. So I was diagnosed with paroxysmal AF after an episode where I was in AF for 27 hours just over 2 weeks ago (but have been having milder symptoms for years). I was really lucky in that 2.5 mg bisoprolol put me back into regular sinus rhythm and I was sent home with just the bisoprolol, only to be used as pill-in-pocket if I get an episode/palpitation lasting longer than half an hour. This hasn't happened and I've not taken anything since I was in hospital. I have been off work since then (I was told to rest). I am due to go back to work on Monday. But I'm still very tired, scared and anxious which is most unlike me. I'm anxious when leave the house, and I feel very 'unusual'!'unusual' but can't put.my finger on What's wrong with me. Is this normal after an 'episode' lasting just 27 hours? I can see from this site that people obviously have far worse symptoms than me but are still able to get on with things better than me. Is this fatigue I'm feeling normal? Is it a physical symptom left-over from the AF episode and I need to give my heart longer to recover? Or am I experiencing some depression? I'm still having 'mild' palpitations (lasting from a few seconds to a few minutes) up to a few times a day but I have had a few (2-3 days) palpitation free. I am taking it VERY easy and haven't really left the sofa! My sicknote runs out this weekend after 3 weeks off resting at hone and the thought of being away from my house and going back to work terrifies me and I'm anxious about going back to my (quite stressful but usually very enjoyable) job. Should I see my GP again and ask for more time off? Or am I being pathetic? I really don't feel like myself but I can't decide whether it's the shock of the diagnosis making me worried and anxious or whether it's something physically wrong - I mean, is it normal to be this tired and feeling so down over two weeks after a 27 hour AF episode (heart was all over place, up to 160bpm resting heart rate compared to 55bpm normally, and very irregular and leaping out of my chest!). I am 38 and have always been very active and this was my first prolonged episode. Am I tired because I'm depressed? Tired because my heart is not yet 'recovered' from the last episode? Worrying needlessly and making myself unwell? Or am I just being pathetic for thinking I need more time off work? Has anyone else ever had anything like this? Any advice? Thanks in advance, and thank God for this forum!!!
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