i'm a 55 year old male and was diagnosed with af a few months ago,though i believe i had intermittent attacks for the last 2 years,shortness of breath and dizzy spells,was treated for vertigo !!.
my hobbies are/were running and hiking,both of which i can no longer do,really struggling in my job as a scaffolder too,my condition is getting worse.
i used to get out of breath when walking up stairs or hills but lately i'm struggling when out walking on the flat,like canal paths ect.
my job is very physical and involves a lot of ladder climbing,luckily we work as a gang of three and my to pals do most of the hard stuff and i get the easy stuff,though even this is getting hard for me lately.
i used to run 80 miles a week about 5 years ago but had problems with my knee so i just ran/jogged 3/5 miles 3/4 times a week on the treadmill down the local gym,but that's out of the question now due to my breathlessness,my other hobbie is hiking but again this is getting to much for me,though i can do some easy low level walks,just.
i'm on beta blockers and warfarin and waiting to get my inr settled so i can have the cardioversion,this is proving hard as it seems impossible to get my inr settled for 4 weeks in a row.
i'm told my inr needs to be between 2 and 3 for four weeks in a row before they will call me in,easier said than done.
asked the local gp to see if it was possible to improve my quality of life a bit with meds but no joy as of yet,looks like i must wait for the shock treatment
feel very scared and very alone,like everyone else i didn't want this awful thing,really hits home when i carry my 4 year old grand daughter upstairs to bed and i'm out of breath and my legs are shaking.
while reading over my blog and spell checking i'm struck by how downbeat it is,sorry,but i am trying to be honest.