Hi, I've just started on this forum and finding it really useful and very supportive. I will briefly summarise my history then have a question to ask.
I'm 40 years old reasonably healthy with an active lifestyle with young children - both at home and at work as a teacher. I was diagnosed with Persistent AF in February 2013. I've had three versions and two ablations. I really thought I had come to the end of my AF journey. After my last ablation in September 14 I had a one off episode in February 15 and then nothing until two weeks ago. In this time I was drug free too. I have now had two episodes in the last few weeks (both I think triggered by stress) and am back on the drugs: Xarelto 20mg daily Flecainide 50mg twice a day Bisoprolol 2.5 mg daily.
I hate the drugs especially the Flecainide which makes me nauseous, dizzy and very tired. I have an appointment with my consultant in April and want to be prepared with the facts. I guess I have three options:
1. Stay on the drugs (not an option for me)
2. A pill in the pocket (better but not solving the problem).
3. A 3rd ablation.
My question (thanks for sticking with me!) is whether there is another option I am missing and how many people here have had three ablations and whether this was the one that worked. Have people had more than 3.
I really appreciate your time and help.