It's a tough condition to live with. The day to day uncertainty is hard and results can be very disheartening.
I was diagnosed by accident about 8 months ago. Went to have my annual Blood Pressure check and nurse was concerned my heart rate was high. Proceeded to have an ECG then subsequently diagnosed with Afib. Had never heard of it before.
In the months leading up to this point I hadn't really had any symptoms although after giving it lots of thought I realised that I had been struggling a bit to do things I wouldn't normally have a problem with i.e. Mowing the lawn, gardening etc - I had just shrugged these off at the time as fatigue. Think I was 'fatigued' for quite a while.
Anyway I was referred to hospital and given two choices;
* Do nothing i.e. live with it and manage heart rate / clotting (didn't have many symptoms); OR
* Try and 'fix' it.
I decided straight away to fix it as did the Dr given my age. Being ill informed at the time about Afib I assumed this would be straight forward!!
Two DC cardioversions, months of Amiodarone (with all its wonderful side effects), thousands spent, weeks off work, days in bed, numerous drugs and an ablation later I find I'm still in Afib!!
It's a very frustrating because despite all these treatments there is no guarantee any of them will work. It's taken over my life!
Did I make the right choice? I believe so and I believe that I will keep on going until it is fixed.
Keep the faith everyone.