In recent times the frequency of my ectopics has increased strangly particularly in the afternoons and more often that not after eating. I still get bad nausea at time that I associate with it. Because of the awareness that comes with years of AF I have been working very hard on the options to minimise the uneasy feelings that the Ectopics precipitate.
As I mentioned in a recent post I decided to try hypnotherapy and on Thursday saw a local Hypnotherapist.
Whilst waiting the couple of weeks for my appointment I felt that I should develop the techniques of controlled breathing and meditation. I found that using a YouTube posted by an Australian called Jason Stephenson who specialises in meditation was very helpful. It is not specifically for our problems but it does help to control the breathing with slow deep breaths.
There are numerous similar meditation videos available and some are better than others.
When I saw the Hypnotherapist she asked me what I had done so far and we discusssed the whole issue. She was used to working with those with non specific anxiety issues and therefore was not at all familiar with AF and Ectopics at all. The difference being between a perceived problem and an actual physical problem.
What happened was that the hypnotherapist agreed that the best course of action was to use slow breathing and the technique she recommended was to do a longer breath in and a slower breath out.
To aid this you can count in for 3, 4 or 5 depending on your lung capacity and then do 6, 7 or 8 out. An alternative is the use words such as " I BREATH IN CALM, I BREATH OUT ALL IS WELL". Apparently this is much more effective than even breaths in and out. In addition the IN BREATH should be through your nose and the OUT BREATH should be through your mouth.
We had a session of relaxation where she used her hypnotherapy skills to enable me to relax deeply which probably lasted about 10 - 15 minutes. She sent me a voice recording of the words used for me to use at my convenience. I don't think that I am particularly suseptable to hypnotherapy but it all helps to a degree.
I do find controlled breathing and meditation relaxation helps. I find that after 30 minutes of meditation my body invariably has calmed down. Best to then move about a bit slowly to start.
Quite frankly there is little out there in the medical profession to help us with Ectopics and even all the medical intervention for AF is not necessarily a cure but of course can improve QOL immensely.
The control of the anxiety is the key and as in my case for some there is little else left that the medical profession can do for us albeit it is always best to keep in touch with a good EP as the understanding of such things is continuing to evolve