Hello All, I have not posted on here for quite some time, but I do read the majority of daily posts, which have helped me tremendously, and I thank you for them.
A summary of my AF history:
I am a female aged 72. I was diagnosed with AF in May ‘16. Have had 10 electric cardio versions & 2 RF ablations during this time. All put me back into normal sinus rhythm, but none for very long. I have never reverted back without an electric ‘cv’, and have been on all the usual meds at some time or other.
As a last resort, in April ’18 I had a ‘pace & ablate’, both done at the same time. I have a CRT-P two lead pacemaker, and it was set at min of 80 and max of 120. At my 1st check at pacing clinic, 9 weeks later, the lower rate was reduced to 70. I was told it will probably be further reduced to 60 at my next check in December. Whilst I am now permanently in AF, and will always be, I do not feel any symptoms of it at all. I used to be quite symptomatic I now feel great, physically and mentally. Although I was actually terrified at the thought of having the p & a, and of how it would affect my life, I am sooooo glad that I took my EP’s advice, and went ahead......it wasn’t an easy decision to make.
My only problem now is my SCAR! It has become raised as you can see in the pic, and looks like a small worm, lying on my skin. It is red and at times it itches and gives me a feeling of being stung! My GP says it is an overgrowth of tissue that occurs when too much collagen is produced at the site of the wound. It is called a ‘Keloid scar’. He said to try putting ‘Bio oil’ on it, which I am now doing.... If it continues to grow, and if it bothers me, he said it could be surgically removed but the new scar may turn out the same! GP also mentioned the possibility of my having steroid injections into the site!
Has anyone else got/had such a scar? If so, what treatment did you have, if any, and how is the scar now?
Thanks for reading my ‘longer than I intended’ post, and I wish you all a happy and healthy outcome to your AF journey.