Hi, I've just been diagnosed with Afib at 22 and don't really have a clue what's going on at the moment. It all started about eight months ago where I felt a really strong palpitation in my chest and suddenly felt sick and cold, but it was just the one. After going to A&E they couldn't determine anything as it had been several hours since the actual palpitation, so I thought I was just panicked and thought nothing of it.
Then on the 20th of January I had nasal polyp removal surgery. Before this I felt fine, worked out fine, no issued with my heart/chest. My heart rate before surgery was 70-75 on average, which it has always roughly been having checked it regarding fitness quite a lot. Upon waking from my surgery, instantly I could feel my heart racing and asked the nurses what was going on, and they informed me my heart rate had gone up to 210.
This slowly declined over about 30-40 minutes to about 170, at which point I was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary to be cardioverted (using Flecainide - don't know if cardioverted is still the right term?), which took my down to about 90-100. Instantly I felt better but not 100%.
Its been ten days since the surgery and the first few days were hell, no appetite, no energy, muscles cramping everywhere, all of which have started to ease, but was then informed that could've just been the anaesthetic leaving my system.
I'm now starting to hate most days as I'm currently on sick leave until next week, and feel like I'm sitting around waiting for my heart to play up again. I have an ECHO booked in soon but not sure when yet.
I've noticed since I constantly feel week, always feel like I have a flushed feeling in my chest, still don't have appetite. I'm constantly cold and I'm not on any blood thinners or anything. I assumed I could give it a few days to wait for my heart rate to return to normal but it doesn't appear so, and I feel like the doctors don't care when they tell me a heart rate of 95 is normal, whenever I say it's not normal when you've consistently had a heart rate of 75 majority of your life it isn't. To which they reply with 'Don't worry you're not going to die.'
Sorry for the long post but I honestly feel like my life has been taken away from me a bit, every example I read is people who were diagnosed in their 40-50s and have had ablations, where as I don't even want to have to think about heart surgery in my twenties!