Just had my three month post Cryo evaluation and the results were not positive. Two weeks in advance of the three month date, my physician weaned me off off Flecainide to see how I would do. Unfortunately, my 24 hour monitor that showed I was in AFIB for 16 hours only one week after being completely off the drug for just a few days. Of course, I didn't need a monitor to tell me I was in AFIB as that was pretty obvious.
So, I'm now back to square one. Actually, minus square one since I still have about 1000 PAC's per hour when I'm not in AFIB and a persistent cough, both courtesy of my ablation. My EP says to give it another 3 months which of course I have no choice. If no improvement he can do a touch up radio frequency ablation. Normally, I wouldn't have any issue with another ablation or two if needed, but the side effects of the PACs and cough are leaving me gun shy. All I can do is press on, titrate up on the Flecainide for now, and see where things stand In three months. I will, nevertheless, get a second opinion. Needless to say, all of this is really really disappointing. Here is what I have learned from this process:
There are numerous potential side effects from an ablation, some typically resolved within days or weeks and others (like mine) which may linger longer or indefinitely
If an ablation is your best hope, by all means proceed forward. There are many success stories as noted on this site. However, do your research and come to grips with the fact that there may be other lingering side effects (some common and others infrequent like mine), regardless of whether there is a successful technical outcome for the AFIB or not.
My plan for now is to continue to exercise daily which makes me feel better (while not in AFIB), continue the deep breathing exercises recently advocated on this website, continue to stay away from alcohol and other potential triggers, further improve my nutrition and look into meditation.
If anyone out there in AFIBland has any other thoughts, I welcome them