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Post by twal on Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:24 pm

Things were going pretty well through July. I was doing well in races and feeling good.

Then I started having problems with a frozen left shoulder which is still causing me pain in spite of therapy and a cortisone shot. Next came a pulled right hamstring that is just starting to get better.

This weekend was the coup de grace as I went into afib. After seven hours in the emergency room and two attempts at cardioversion, I remain in persistent afib. (Usually cardioversion has worked for me.)

This really scares me. I'm scurrying around to get an EP doctor appointment. From what I've read, I don't have much faith in rhythm control meds and their side effects. So I'm starting to seriously consider ablation. I've been trying to avoid ablation as long as possible but it may finally be time.

I've been checking around and it appears that the University of Pennsylvania in Philly is the place to go in this part of the country. Do you folks, have any word on the best ablation practice?

This really has me bummed out.

To add to my concerns, I'm supposed to run the 7 mi anchor leg on a triathlon relay this coming weekend. We're not a serious racing team but I'm not sure my hamstring or my heart will hold up. Nevertheless, three of the four voices in my head say I should do it anyway.

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Post by LMRun on Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:53 pm

So sorry to read this Tom. Only you know when it is time for ablation, if you have done good research you have found the best place in PA to have it done. Best of luck to you.

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Post by mikenall on Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:08 pm

Tom,
You must have symptoms to have known to go to the emergency room. Is it possible, or desirable, to run in the triathlon with Afib? What does that fourth voice tell you?

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Post by echoguy on Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:22 pm

Tom...You of anybody know that I am not one to be overly cautious...but I would at least listen to what that fourth voice is whispering...

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Re: Circling the drain

Post by Sumorunner on Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:49 pm

My daughter had an ablation. It didn't take the first time and she had to have another.

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:28 pm

Sorry to hear of this new development Tom... I hope you get it sorted out very soon and in the meantime I'm putting my vote with the 4th voice too.

Usually the voice I least want to hear needs a real good listen.

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Re: Circling the drain

Post by twal on Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:27 pm

The fourth voice is arguing in favor of trying nude bungee jumping.

I was at the heart hospital today. They diagnosed what I had as atrial flutter, not atrial fibrillation. But it is not a very typical EKG.

They put me on 100 mg of Flecainide twice a day to see if that will work.

I'm going back on Friday for one last try at cardioversion.

If all that doesn't work, then we start serious talk about ablation.




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Post by LMRun on Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:15 pm

twal wrote:The fourth voice is arguing in favor of trying nude bungee jumping.

I was at the heart hospital today. They diagnosed what I had as atrial flutter, not atrial fibrillation. But it is not a very typical EKG.

They put me on 100 mg of Flecainide twice a day to see if that will work.

Fourth voice, you going to the wild side Tom? tongue

Flecainide worked very well for my atrial flutter post op and a couple years ago when it reared it's ugly head. The only problem I had was it gave me headaches after a while so I stopped taking it. My flutter shows up once in a while but not enough to make me want to take meds for it. I hope it works wonders for you so you can get back at it. Surprised

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Re: Circling the drain

Post by LMRun on Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:00 pm

How are you feeling? Better somewhat I hope. Hang in there, all will be ok.

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Re: Circling the drain

Post by twal on Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:02 am

I'm getting dressed to go to the race now.

My afib/flutter is under control at the moment and my hamstring is about 95% better.

Keep you fingers crossed.

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Post by twal on Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:15 pm

The voices in my had were right. I made it.

I ran very easy, especially in the early going which had a lot of downhill. So my time of 69:38 for a hilly 7.15 mi (9:44) was pretty bad by my usually standards. But considering what I've been through over the last few weeks, I was happy.

I love overcoming adversity. That's kind of the theme of the Heart organization.

Our team came in 22 out of 31 in the relay. Considering we were by far the oldest team in the race (189 yr. total age), we were happy with it. It was a day for lowered expectations.

Now it's a day off and time to get ready for the 10K in Shephardstown. If I don't get in better shape, Louise is going to kick my butt all the way across West Virginia.

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Post by LMRun on Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:41 pm

twal wrote:The voices in my had were right. I made it. I ran very easy, especially in the early going which had a lot of downhill. So my time of 69:38 for a hilly 7.15 mi (9:44) was pretty bad by my usually standards. But considering what I've been through over the last few weeks, I was happy.

I love overcoming adversity. That's kind of the theme of the Heart organization.

Our team came in 22 out of 31 in the relay. Considering we were by far the oldest team in the race (189 yr. total age), we were happy with it. It was a day for lowered expectations. Now it's a day off and time to get ready for the 10K in Shephardstown. If I don't get in better shape, Louise is going to kick my butt all the way across West Virginia.

You made me laugh out loud! Love you Man! Congratulations on your strong finish, you did very well!! Yes, the HEART motto is to overcome all adversity and each and every one of HEART's member are a testament to this! I thought of you when I ran my measly 5.58 miles this morning, mile one and two I went too fast, 9:28 min miles.

See you in Sheperdstown!

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