One year on... Status, having RF Ablation Dec 3rd:
This morning I reread all the posts since I started this thread last year and it was good to give me perspective via reviewing my own comments and especially helpful reviewing the input from you others here.
So...I thought it might be useful to continue posting my status here, possibly useful to others with PAF. Here's what's up:
In the last 6 months the AFib has steadily increased even on the Sotalol (80mg 2x a day). Also, it occurs sometimes when there has been no change in caffeine and even when I'm not particularly stressed. It appears that emotional stress -- combined with overdoing it physically -- serve to spike my Chronic Pain; It appears that when my pain level goes to 6-7 and stays for over 6hrs, and I continue to push through it that the Afib fires up.
What is my take-away as to causation for my AFib breakthroughs? The last year's experiences tell me that my Afib has multiple causation(stress,pain,intake of caffeine/alcohol,faulty 'wiring'), but that the factor which seems to trump the others is my pain level. As the pain, even with the pain meds, causes stress on the body and heart, it seems that the one variable that was always present prior to onset of PAF episode has been my pain level being 'above baseline'.
I have been doing more progressive relaxation when the CP (Chronic Pain) gets worse due to weather, activity, unknown reasons; But, as I still need to assist my wife given her medical problems, I can't simply stop working yet (that's for another forum :} ).
Now to the present: After my last consult with my dr he reviewed things in detail with me. I also did some research and found that given my age and health profile that if I do the RF ablation now my survival chances (as well as chances of heart attack/stroke) are improved vs just staying on Sotalol. As the Dr explained, they'll be doing a catheter ablation, going in via the groin as done in the more common heart catheterizations and will zap 5 -7 nodes. I will be admitted Dec 2nd, with the procedure Dec. 3rd. I will stay in the hospital for about
5 days after that and then be on coumadin for 6 weeks.
So, folks, I'm looking for someone who can tell me about
the procedure itself, were you awake? How long did it take, pain or discomfort levels during the procedure? What do they do afterwards while in the hospital? Of course I'm still digging around for testimonies of others who've had this procedure done, but if anyone cares to share here it would be much appreciated. And...any input, critical or otherwise, to enlighten me would be much appreciated.
Post Spinal Fusion chronic pain since 1984;Polyneuropathy;Meniere's Disease, Left ear deafness & severe tinnitus on Left; Major Depressive Disorder (DX);Hx,Meds: obtuselyoblique1.wordpress.com/
Post Edited (ObtuselyOblique"OO") : 11/3/2010 9:22:46 AM (GMT-6)