Hi everyone, I had my second ablation on 3rd March . My previous ablation was 30th August last year. I have felt different this time. Initially terrible aching soldiers and back, so painful, my consultant said that would be because he had burnt all across the top of the heart. First few weeks I had a few funny rhythms, fast and missed beats on and off only occasional, all expected. After a few weeks a strained feeling in chest, sore and warm and sometimes icy. Then I would get few flutters or thuds but all feeling much gentler than before. Have been feeling optimistic as overall things were a lot quieter than before. The last few days missed beats and thuds have returned and my heart rate has been varying from 60 to 104, 98/104 today, I feel exhausted. Feeling disheartened as I was beginning to think it had worked this time. I am not sure if it has returned or heart is still settling. I must mention that I am under a lot of stress and have been for the last couple of weeks as I have been told my mum is in her last days or weeks and have been keeping vigil. Not all day but 4 to 8 hours a day. Don't know how many of you believe stress can be a factor or could it be it has t worked again. Sorry for rambling on and on but thanks for any advice. Fiona x
Disheartened 2 months post 2nd Ablation - AF Association
Hi Fiona, I can really appreciate how difficult it must be for you, not knowing if you were right to think that your 2nd procedure had worked or if the feelings you're having now are as a result of the stress you are no doubt under with the news about your mum. For sure stress is a factor with AF but at the moment there's not a lot you can do to alleviate that in the circumstances. If your consultant or arrhythmia nurse is available it might be useful to contact them and explain about the thuds and missed beats and how they are worrying you and leaving you feeling exhausted. Sorry I can't give you much more advice than that in the circumstances but I'm sure others in the community will be more helpful.
Please don't feel you have to apologise for posting, you're not rambling on by any means. This forum is where you come to get support and advice, so don't stop asking questions or asking for help.
Sending you a virtual hug and very best wishes, Kate.
Hi Fiona - I'm sorry to hear what you are going through right now. Yes, stress can certainly make your heart play up. I have strong evidence for that, but won't go into it here. It must be extremely stressful for you right now with your poor mum and I'm sure that will be what's making your heart rate go haywire.
I wonder if your GP could give you a pill to help calm and ease your stress levels during this difficult time. It may be an idea to ring and have a chat with one of the doctors at your surgery and explain what you are experiencing
Ramble away all you want to us. We are your AF family here and are always ready to give any support that we can.
Big healing hug.
I think Jean's advice re asking gp for something to help calm you during this difficult time is good. Also look up some breathing exercises to help relax you.
It took my heart 5 months to calm down after ablation but that was in November 2013 and all good since.
Both my parents died in 2013/14 so understand the stress you are experiencing.
You may remember it does take a while for things to settle down afterwards, and you are right
stress does play an enormous part in your recovery, I am so sorry you are dealing with all of this at the same time, it is nice to be able to find somewhere to 'vent ',you don't need to apologise,
Virtual hugs to you! stay strong.
You have been thrust into a difficult and significant moment in your life with the news about your mother. It will be stressful, affecting your own health so perhaps expect your already upset heart not to be in best form.
It's also a special time that you have been given while you still have your mother, a time to make the most of good moments that there will be, to adjust and reflect, to support your mother and your family as you all go through the weeks ahead and to be supported in all sorts of odd ways that will uplift you even though the journey is not an easy one.