Greetings, forum friends!
I seem to be in an odd phase of life with AF lately. I suppose it's not too surprising, given the ending of the relationship with my acupuncturist and his treatments a couple of weeks ago. I know that it's ultimately for the best, but I think that my body may be having a bit of trouble adjusting to the absence of what was good for me in those treatments. Plus it's a shock to the system when someone you like and trust basically turns on you. I've had a few delayed waves of sadness and disappointment about that.
The past few days, I've gone from feeling absolutely wonderful one day to waking up in AF, either in the middle of the night or the next morning.
This morning the episode started at 7:30 and lasted 8 hours, and this was after taking 150 mg of Flecainide in total for PIP. My HR was unusually elevated for a few hours, up to 115-125 with really no exertion. I was supposed to go teach my college class, but decided to cancel, as I was concerned about feeling dizzy and driving. All in all, an unusually rough episode till the switch flipped back to NSR and everything changed and now I just feel that zombie-like feeling of fatigue + drugs, like an AF hangover. I ended up taking 25 mg total of Toprol, which is a lot for me, but it did ultimately bring down my HR to normal. Huge relief! I feel so anxious when HR is so high.
It's tough figuring out what to do when I have an episode before a class. A few weeks ago, I taught with my HR up to 115+ the entire time, but the dizziness today really had me concerned.
I'm mainly sharing this because I don't have many people close by to talk to about these episodes and it does feel helpful to share about it. I'm not really looking for advice, but any words of support and kindness you might like to share would be much appreciated. It does make it easier to deal with it all. Thank you for being here.