I'm still feeling pretty well. Had pacer check last month (the one where you see the tech from pacer manufacturer, not a doctor), and it is working as it should & still records no a-fib or other incidents. Some folks were wondering how we got a-fib to seemingly disappear, and that actually ties in with my current comment/question, so:
The "winning combination" for me seems to be an anti-arrhythmic (Tikosyn) with a beta blocker (Metoprolol). Oh, and the pacemaker, to keep everything from going overboard! When I first started back on the beta blocker, I was taking half my current dose (25mg x 2 vs 50mg x 2), but I was told that the afib was still "poorly controlled", so dosage was increased. Now all looks happy, happy as far as the docs are concerned, BUT...
I don't like taking Tikosyn indefinitely, as I know it is a pretty strong drug. It's also a royal pain to take what with the timing & the prospect of hospitalization to restart if I miss more than 1 dose. My real problem, though, is with the Metoprolol. I am now pretty sure that it is the culprit in my experiencing such extreme tiredness.A problem with prescription refills (why do doctors' offices make it so difficult anyway?) had me taking half the dose for a time to make it last longer. To tell the truth, I ended up being without for a bit as well--don't yell at me! The thing is, I felt better then--got some work done outdoors, made some lengthy shopping trips, and didn't feel depressed about being tired all the time. Back on the full dose, and it's same old same old (and I mean OLD, because I feel about 100!).
I have an appointment this month with my regular cardiologist, and I want to go in with the confidence to discuss my medications with him. I find that docotors will shut down that discussion pretty quickly, just by saying my opinion is wrong, period. I'd like suggstions on how to approach it. Also, I'd like to know if anyone has changed beta blockers and had a better experience.
When I saw my EP, I did mention the tiredness--this was before my forced experiment with the beta blocker--and he was positive that it was not cardiac related at all & reccommended that I have tests to see if my sleep apnea has worsened. I haven't done that yet, so OK, I guess that's a possibility. I'm sure that is what I will be told--again!
Anxious to hear what you all think on this, because obviously I am a bit confused!