Back again back again clippity clop
Which should probably be: back again back again tickety tock.
Because my pacemaker is going tickety tock at 60 bpm. (Quick update for those who haven't seen me here before: put in last autumn with an AV node ablation to relieve 15 years of increasingly unacceptable AF symptoms not controlled by drugs -- I'm still in AF 100% of the time but my heart is beating regularly now).
Thae pacemaker still wanders as it sees fit -- up down left right -- but doesn't cause any real discomfort , just a vague ache occasionally. Nothing I'm going to fret about. (Not like my initial experience when they had to reposition it to stop the pain and numbness in my arm).
However, the two symptoms of AF (or maybe not) that caused me the most problems were breatlessness and extremely swollen legs.
The breathlessness is improved -- I can come downstairs in the morning and unload the dishwasher without need to sit down for half an hour first (after a few go-rounds of PM adjustments). However, I am still breathless on exertion or bending over. Might be lack of fitness after 15 years of being a forced couch-potato. Or it might not be. I'd work on the lack of fitness if it wasn't for the second problem.
I still have really badly swollen legs -- up above the knee, painful feet, weeping if the skin is broken, the whole number -- and there's a limit to how much time in a day I can spend with my feet up before I go nuts. I wake up with them. I go to bed with them. I'm fed up of them (and of the increasing load of diuretics). I had precisely one day free of oedema (the day after the PM went into action following the AV node ablation).
The EP/device clinic have investigated and said 'not us Guv' (although they have spent a lot of time with the PM settings trying to eliminate the problems -- can't fault them for not trying) so get your GP to refer you for another cardiology assessment. Which he has done and I'm waiting for the appointment to come through. One thing the EP mentioned was possible pulmonary hypertension, based on echocardiogram results over 4 months.
So: that will be one thing I'm asking about when my appointment comes through. But is there anything else that the group mind thinks I should be asking about?