I was recently (4 weeks ago) diagnosed unexpectedly with AF. I have a rare congenital heart condition that was corrected by surgery nearly 40 years ago, I am now 43. After my diagnosis which occurred during my routine heart check, I was admitted immediately for a cardioversion, they had 4 attempts but my heart refused to go back into NSR, even for a short period. I was discharged on a high loading dose of Amiodorone, now down to 200mg a day and on warfarin. I am struggling with the Amiodorone, very tired, headaches and aching limbs. I also have massive fluctuations in my weight which my GP helpfully suggested was because I was sitting around at home! My heart rate tends to be quite low, but now I am really aware of it, I seem to get lots of missed beats and particularly at night I can feel my heart beat and lack of it.
I'm trying not to let AF rule my life but at the moment I just can't get my head around it all, husband and older son are struggling too. I have had a 24 hour holter with a view to deciding the next step, possibly ablation, in the next 2-4 weeks. To add to the complexity I am being treated in a specialist unit 200 miles away, which makes me feel quite vulnerable at home so far away.
I am a high school teacher, so I have had the last 4 weeks off with a combination of hospital time and holidays. Today is the start of the new term but after a night of not sleeping and being in AF, I just feel exhausted, so I haven't gone in. I feel pathetic needing to be signed off work, but am really scared at being away from home and in a stressful environment, my workplace is not great and I am only on a temporary contract so I feel that I have little support from them. My GP has said she will sign me off but thinks that going in to work might 'take my mind off things!'
Sorry for the long rambling post, is it normal to feel this anxious about everything? At the moment I can't see the end of the tunnel and with my pre-existing condition I just wonder if I'm on a slippery slope to being quite poorly.
I would just like to add that joining this forum and reading all the posts has been a real source of support.