I just want to send love to everybody out there.
I have suffered from Atrial Fibrillation since 2014. I've had two successful cardioversions and two hospitalizations. Because I was afraid of doctors and had no insurance ( yes, I live in America - the sickest, most unhealthy unenlightened country in the developed world) I walked around in AFIB for 6 mos before arriving at the ER gravely ill with CHF, cardiomyopthy, Rt venticular tachycardia and trouble breathing. I did myself damage by not getting medical care and as a result my strength and overall vitality was xompromised and Inhave never been the same. Despite improvments and having been in normal sinus rhythm for the last year and a half, I feel like a wrung out shell of my former self.
Had I gone to a hospital the day I first went into AFIB, in the first 24hrs they could have reset me and I would have been back on my way, healthy and happy. So if you find yourself in AFIB, go to the ER/ SURGERY IMMEDIATELY! If you wait, it's a longer process. This is my lesson in self love.
Has anyone had success going off sotalol while remaining in normal rhythm? This is my goal. Ideally Id like to move back to California and find a holistic cardiologist as well as an enlightened GP. I'm currently in old dark dense New England. "-/ California is my happy place!
My AFIB is caused by MAJOR ANXIETY. I've had a very stressful life. Being an ulrasensitive, I'm a worrier. Last week I had a massive gall bladder attack during the night. It was a long agonizing night. When I woke up the next day, I was in AFIB. Stupid me waited four days to see my cardiologist. She put me on a 2nd blocker on top of fhe Sotalol I take and on Pradaxa, a blood thinner and planned a cardioversion in 4 weeks time. It was a week of hell for me - exhaustion, debilitating fatigue. wildly fluctuating pulse, (low 100's up as high as 160). Thankfully for me, after much prayful intending, my heart reverted back to Normal Sinus Rhythm at 5a.m. yesterday. It did a number on me being out for just a week. I'm hoping solid rest will bring me back around.
So this is a love letter to all my friends out there who live with heart disease. This is not an easy walk, it shakes your confidence at the core, so my heart goes out to you.
I am sending you all a warm hug. I think you are all very courageous. Which by the way, comes from is the french word " Coeur" which means heart !
May You Be Blessed,