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2 weeks ago I woke up with a 'flutterly' feeling in my chest which would lead to an ED visit a few days later (I work in a hospital). After 2 bags of IV fluids the symptoms went away and stayed away for a day or two. The flutters came back and I went over to see our cardiologist who noted PACs on my EKG. So that leads me to today, sitting here wearing a monitor (BodyGuardian Mini Plus) to if we can capture any data. The flutters still happen but last night I had a pretty rough episode and the company sent the results to my Cardio. He called me an said he noted some Afib and has now referred me to an EP whom I am going to see tomorrow. I am 32 years old, no issues with HBP or cholesterol and this has popped up all of a sudden. As you can imagine this is alot to take in and I am extremly nervous. After my ED visit my GP noted that I needed a sleep study(Which has been ordered) and my blood work showed that my Thyroid TSH panel was normal other than my Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) which was sky high at 122. It was also noted that my white blood cell count was extremly hugh (18.5) I am hoping that we can get to the bottom of this soon as this is not a fun feeling to have regulary throughout the day.
My mom found this community for me and I hope to learn here.
Waynebethard, November 26, 2019 3:47pm EST
Welcome to the forum Brandon. Many of us on here are new to all this too. I had a stint put in a couple months ago. Two weeks later I presented with afib. Cardiologist put me on Eliquis and beta blockers. Events kept getting worse and I was referred to an EP. underwent an ablation last week. Still getting over that procedure. Afib has all but stopped for now. Everyone on here knows what you mean about that afib feelings not being any fun. It is yucky. I call it the death cloud feeling because sometimes it makes you feel deathly sick. Sometimes it is worse, sometimes it’s not. Still, it sucks. After two trips to ER in which I lay on a gurney for 6 plus hours each time waiting for someone to do something I decided not to go to ER anymore unless I passed out. It seems like ER doctors believe that since afib is usually not fatal, they aren’t as concerned as the patients are lying there feeling so bad for hours. Afib events are rough. Hang in there.
Spencer, November 26, 2019 6:02pm EST
Brandon - welcome to the forum. This is a good site for getting some info and for finding people like yourself. I came to this site about two years ago when I started to falter in my daily running. Since then it was a very intense ride for six months but I came out the backside of my AFib time to be in NSR for the most part. I still get PAC and SVTs from time to time, but I know the difference between painful and dangerous.
Getting with an EP is the way to go. And it can be hard sometimes to catch the AFib "in the wild". My is that they monitor will show something but it won't be enough to take care immediately which is more misery for you (unfortunately). Drugs can do wonders at controlling the AFib and also keeping your stress low along with anxiety. One thing to talk with your PCM about is sleep. You should have a sleep study done as this is a major source of AFib.
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