Saw the EP last monday. I had been taking verapamil but he suggested flecainide. I said do I need it if I only have occasional episodes of PAF?
He said to do a Kardia recording next time I have AF and send to him. Do not seem to have any sustained episodes over last two weeks; by the time I get to record any episodes of palpitations the Kardia says normal. I feel I am living in limbo - trying to get back to lead a normal life but not sure where this is taking me. I stopped the verapamil after one week as I felt terrible, kept waking in the night with breathlessness, the last time I felt a pressure on my chest. The previous cardiologist said use verapamil as PIP so that's what I intend to do. More recent episodes since my first on 9 December 2016 seem to resolve reasonably quickly.
Have had bad reactions to low doses of bisoprolol and verapamil now so am nervous about trying a new drug, especially one so powerful as flecainide. I will only take it under medical supervision for first time after my previous experiences.
The initial diagnosis was that the AF was caused by over treatment for an underachieve thyroid so need to wait to see if my reduced dose of thyroxine helps but this takes weeks to take effect.
Trying to recover from horrendous 5 weeks of 4 emergency hospital admissions, trip to A&E, ambulances and Dr visits. I am trying to get out of the feeling of dread at going to bed and what the night will bring. Feel perhaps the next step is a 24 hour or longer ECG?