58brendaB
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58brendaB, August 3,  2019  7:12am EST

After Afib questions

Hi I am new here and I just want to introduce myself.
--- Not really sure where I am supposed to post --- Sorry I have in a couple places

 

A little background , I am 61 now ( 2019 )
I have had AF since 2014 
Once a yr prior I went to the ER with what they said was tachycardia. They sent me home saying I was under stress - I had had a loss in the family.

Two yrs later in 2014 I was sitting at the table and my heart was racing.

Decided to go to the hospital because I was attempting to take my BP with a home cuff and it would not register.

My heart rate at the hospital was over 220
I converted approx 7 hours later with medication. I was admitted and spent 3 days.Hospital Dr said I needed metoprolol and blood thinners. In his words OR I was going to die.( NICE TO HEAR AS I WAS ALREADY SCARED)

Ever since my first bout of AF I have had ringing in ONE EAR 24/7 365
Cardiologist says it was unrelated, however it happened at that exact time & I have no reason to believe it isn't related.

I went to ENT, 2 neurologists , Ear Dr, and PCP had every test known including a brain scan all found nothing wrong. BUT, It persists to this day.

 

I had a cardiologist from my previous episode of tachycardia & I went to see him and he told me there was a 5 point system to determine treatment and I was under 1.
He suggested Propanolol ( 10mg) AS NEEDED and an aspirin daily. The aspirin was lowered to ½ and then eliminated due to a new study that it is ineffective in treatment.He said when I am 65 we will re-evaluate treatment.

I do NOT have HBP ( it does spike in an episode ) or any other conditions. I am overweight

I have had a stress test ,EKG'S and a halter monitor a couple times
ALL NORMAL
I take

Magnesium Oxide 600mg.

Garlic

D3

C

Sometimes potassium and B12 and fish oil

& drink A LOT of water
No caffeine

I do have episodes of AF
In the last 2 years I have had 5
I take pill as soon as I feel it and generally convert within a hour & all is well.UNLESS, I have a long bout which lasts a couple maybe 4 hours + and required 2 pills.

THEN THE PROBLEMS BEGIN

For days sometimes weeks I am off.

I have some breakthrough palpitations and I am SO exhausted I can't function.

I am woozy – not light headed more like swaying  on a ship. Not moving helps.In turn I get nervous anxiety, then sometimes palpitations.


I do feel it is related to the ringing in my ear & is triggered with AF But that is of little comfort. They say It takes time to “balance out”

I have tried ( Dr suggested) water-pills and mucinex as well as benadryl sometimes it will help a little Others times not at all.

Does ANYONE else have this kind of experience ? I really need some input!!! I am week 3 after an episode and this one is really difficult.

7 Replies
  • Shanfraz
    Shanfraz, August 3,  2019  8:14am EST

    Hi,  one thing I can tell you for sure is that magnesium oxide is not the best magnesium for absorption.  I take dr. Carolyn deans  Remag.  Magnesium absorption is very important.  Another magnesium is Dr. best chelated. 

    Other people may jump in on other issues.   Carol

  • Gene157
    Gene157, August 3,  2019  1:53pm EST

    I second that, Dr.Best Magnesium on Amazon. Have taken it for years.

     

    Gene

  • Shanfraz
    Shanfraz, August 3,  2019  2:04pm EST

    Gene,  Have your occurrence of afibs subsided at all with the better magnesium.  So far I feel more grounded and less anxiety that can bring one the symptoms.  Just checking.  Carol 

  • rfedd
    rfedd, August 3,  2019  4:42pm EST

    Brenda, I too am new to AF. Diagnosed in May. Changed my diet, added Magnesium an Potassium supplements. Dr. Perscribed Pradaxa and Metoprolol. He ordered Echo and tells me things look good. No damage is far. (Two heart attacks in the past, stents placed). I am very active since I still work, travel and call on clients. Still having skips and jumps with my heart rate, but I take a pause, use my Kardia device and have only seen one event since May. Best wishes.

    Ron

  • Gene157
    Gene157, August 3,  2019  4:52pm EST

    In years past an extra 200mg chelated magnesium would stop it in 10 minutes.Now AF is more hardnosed in spite of 1 ablation and the Maze, the best there is. But I still manage to stay in sinus with rare, couple hour long reminders.

    Fishoil 1000 mg Kirkland

    CoQ10 300 mg Kirkland

    Taurine 1000 mg Amazon

    Large dose of Potassium by prescription 20 MEQ. Over the counter P is useless because of its VERY LOW dose. You have to take 20 pills

    L-Carnitine 1000 mg 2x day Amazon

    Magnesium, Chelated, 100mg 2x day Drs Best Amazon X

    I consider the L-Carnitine, Taurine and Magnesium plus CoQ10 the most important and my Dr agrees. The others are all okd.

    It is essential to have a blood test to determine if this stuff is needed and more important if the body can safely dispose of it.

     

    Gene

     

     

  • rfedd
    rfedd, August 4,  2019  1:21am EST

    In my case they do a full panel on me about every 3 to 4 months. After the prostate cancer, they monitor PSA levels, as well as my glucose levels. So they just do full panels. I appreciate getting them.

  • MellanieSAF
    MellanieSAF, October 16,  2019  9:40pm EST

    SugarIsIt,

    I left your identical post in two other places but deleted it here to avoid further confusion. We prefer that you post a message in just one place and let people react to it there. 

    Mellanie

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