I'm ba-a-ack. Once again with something that feels like an arrythmia, but nobody can find it.
Since March of this year, I have two week-long monitors, in both cases, the official result was no abnormal rhythms detected. However, my EP theorized that I was still having RNRVAS. He widened the PVARP even more (making it so that I'm practically never paced in the ventricle.) Almost immediately I could feel a 60-75% improvement.
However, I still have the other symptoms showing up. I have good days and bad days, even good weeks and bad weeks. The good times are good. I would say I'm in remarkably good condition for my age. Able to live completely independantly. The bad times--well, I have to wonder if I'm a candidate for assisted living.
The bad episodes are like this: I feel a mild flutter-feeling in chest. SOB, but P/O above 94% and often as high as 99%. Slight pain in right chest just to the right of the breast bone. I feel a little woozy, a little disoriented in vertical axis. I notice I'm having a hard time standing up straight or walking in a straight line. I haven't fallen because I can move quickly to recover. My legs feel tired, weak and heavy. Even a one-block walk with my dog seems like too much.
Although I can go upstairs with ease usually, when I have an episode on the stairs, about 2/3 the way to the top, I'm suddely so weak and SOB, I'm afraid I can't make it up the last 3-4 steps. My bed is only a few feet from the landing. I collapse there for a few minutes until episods passes.
The big reason though that the episodes are a problem is that on the days I have a lot of them, I feel terrible, tired. But worse, my mental powers desert me. During an episode short term memory is wiped out. I have great difficulty sequencing even enough to recite things like my address or phone number. I can't type because even though I know the letters in a word, I can't sequence them.
I feel like this a cardiac problem, but the EP I have worked with and who has always been excellant, only tells me to consult my PCP.
Here's what I wonder. I know I have PSVT. Is there a subclinical form? Something not quite enough to qualify as tachycardia, but still enough to feel and interrupt blood flow to the brain?
And if so, is there anything to do about it?
You know you're wired when...
You need to be re-booted each morning.
I am a competitive cyclist with a pacemaker!