Hi,Havent posted for a few months after my af took a sudden downturn.
It was quite a puzzle because I could go 2/3 weeks with no problem then
my heart would go haywire for 2/3 days then quiet again. My EP said in
late July we will leave it a couple of months see how you go. He thought a
PM was the way to go but I was very reluctant. Well as usual 3 weeks
passed, no problem, then I went to bathroom 1-30am and on returning
to bed my heart went into the most frantic rapid heartrate Ive ever experienced. It lasted 24 hours.
Next day, Saturday, I had af but not too frantic so decided to risk going
going into into town as I was due to go holiday and had things I needed
to get. After a short time I asked my daughter to take me to the nearest
hospital, my thoughts were I needed ecg for my EP so he would have the
information he needed and is always asking for when I tell him any symptoms
I may have experienced. Unfortunately, things went downhill fast and I
ended having a bluelight trip into Resus. I emerged about 6 hours later.
I had af, atrial flutter and SVT. Next day I had af all day by which time the
PM seemed like a very good idea. I rang my EPs secretary to be told he was
on holiday for 2 weeks!! Oh dear, I spoke to his second in command who
said the PM was the way to go and he would arrange it ASAP.
By this time I was struggling for breath on exertion, doing anything was
a problem for me. The procedure was carried out on the12th September
by a EP who happened to be available as I was pretty desperate.
My real question is this, I had a 3 lead PM as it is thought I will the AV
node ablation as even an increase in medication is not going to work for
me. The site of the PM is extremely sore which I expected, but the continous
extreme ache down my arm and across my shoulders makes sleep impossible
as I cannot get my arm in a comfortable position. Can anyone tell me how
long this lasts, I have extreme bruising all across the area and my chest on
that side. Im not really soft and have had some nasty things in the past but
this really has knocked the stuffing out of me. I know its only been 8 days
but a light at the end of the tunnel would be nice.