I had a few episodes of PAF about 14 years ago, it was controlled well by sotalol for several years. I eventually weaned myself off them a few years later and had no further problems until about a month ago when it restarted with a vengeance totally out of the blue!
I went to Emergencies, told to take another 2.5 bisoprolol (on 5 mg of this for blood pressure initially) and referred to a cardiologist and had a 24 hour trace. Cardiologist did an echo ( had loads of ecg traces done already) all fine. Prescribed Flecainide and Xarelto. No real AF for a week, then started again, heart rate kept dropping to 42 ish - back to emergencies. Asked if I could go back on Sotalol as it had worked well previously and this time it has had no effect, if anything made it worse! I also find now that if I lay down on my left side and occasionally on my back, it will start or worsen if I am having a fairly bearable episode.
I have read so much on the internet, and am really confused. I don't know if I am experiencing Atrial Fibrillation, Lone Atrial Fibrillation, or Vagal Atrial Fibrillation. Mine isn't so much a racing heart beat, more of an irregular one, with missed or extra beats, thumps and sometimes feels like my heart is wobbling. Although I was woken early this morning with an extra strange rhythm and a heart rate of 120!
Feeling exhausted, having to take sleeping tablets a lot of nights just to get a few hours sleep!