11 days post ablation and being very breathless since the procedure. I spoke to the arrhythmia nurse today explaining my symptoms and after her examining my notes, she seems to think I most likely have phrenic nerve damage.
Although I was told this was a rare complication pre ablation, I never imagined it would ever happen. She said it can take weeks to years to repair itself and if I still have the breathing difficulties at my 3 month check then they will do xrays to confirm.
I'm so upset to think I may have to live like this (any little exertion leaves me gasping) for an indefinite time. I had thought life was bad enough pre ablation, as I lost 2 days each week to AF and very symptomatic. I thought I was doing the right thing by at least trying the ablation but now I'm not so sure.
Has anyone else suffered phrenic nerve damage and if so can you give me some hope?