I grew up with migraines, anemia, and never being able to do anything aerobic. If I did I'd be worn out for hours. I was just never sure what caused the issue. I was thin...and pretty active but I could never climb or do heavy dancing or aerobic exercises without feeling horrid afterward. I also could never stand for very long. I also had at least 2 bouts a year of bronchial infections that lasted for months. This was my life.
I began having arrhythmia issues in 2003. I was taking Imitrix for the migraines plus I was given Albuterol because I was again having a very bad course of bronchitis. This was the first time I'd received that treatment. I didn't realize I was having a high heart rate. My office was in my home - so I could work. I'd just rest when needed. I did take my blood pressure for some reason. Anyway, I began having breathing problems and we went to ER figuring the bronchitis had worsened. Turned out I was in heart failure. Unfortunately that's all the docs worried about and greatly treated. I kept telling them I was sure it was from the high heart rate - I checked my electronic BP and it showed I had had this heart rate for 6 weeks (about 135). They just didn't listen.
I went through a mess then of meds that made me ill and for which I strongly feel eventually kicked in the arrhythmia permanently. I had an ablation in 2007 by the best in the U.S. I still had episodes afterward. I had another ablation in 2009 by another that was one of the best (Cleveland Clinic) and afterward he told my husband I had another opening which 25% of people have. He never told me this and at the time I just blew it away. I was just overwhelmed with all of this.
I continued to have issues. No meds ever helped me. I again had an ablation in 2014 - different doc again. I have still had issues.
After the 2009 ablation I had to lay at about a 45 degree angle or my heart would being PACs. If I didn't get my angle just right the PACs would worsen to the point that they would be every other beat (bigeminy).
I have been electrically cardioverted now probably 25 times since 2003. It always works - I go back into rhythm.
I didn't go out of rhythm for 1.5 years and then wham it happened again late May this year. The doc used too many joules and greatly burned me. Now I can only sleep sitting up....
I see both a regular cardiologist and an electrophysiologist (for the ablation and cardioversions). The regular said no more ablations when I saw him in July. He said I probably do have a PFO and that the ablations can actually make it worse.
I am going to have a bubble study in a couple of weeks. I keep rescheduling because my heart keeps having PACs and I don't want anything to put me in full arrhythmia.
I do feel that it was during the 2nd ablation that the PFO may have gotten larger. I felt very weak for a very long time after having that ablation. It took me about 3 years to feel anywhere near normal. I could never bend over to pick something up - I would get a wave of dizziness and then the PACs would start. Sometimes I'd be stubborn and just push on with the dizziness (e.g., gardening and bending over) and then feel absolutely horrid afterward.
However, the migraines have gone away. I attributed this to going off gluten. I did that when I found I am gluten intolerant in 2004 (I produce the antibodies). Prior I had migraines very, very frequently. I also take magnesium regularly and I think that helped as well. My migraines were very severe - I would be in bed in pain for days sometimes. The Imitrex was like heaven to me.
I'll let you all know about the bubble study results. Just wanted to fill in others in case they have similar issues.
If it's positive I don't know if I'll get it fixed. I just don't want to take the chance I may have more issues after.