Pacemaker, Toprol XL and Rythmol
I thought I'd post an update on my condition, which just seems to go from bad to worse. Got the Pacemaker on December 14th after passing out twice (once while driving) and still haven't been able to return to work because I feel so lousy. So, I have a Pacemaker to control the slow heartbeats, I'm on Toprol XL to control the fast heartbeats, and I just spent another 4 days this week in the ICU at the hospital and left with Rythmol to control all of the extra heartbeats that they found through the echocardiogram that I'm having. My doctor says 30-40% of the population has extra heartbeats and they just live with them. I told him that I can't because it feels like each one is a jolt in my chest and up into my neck. Well after taking the Rythmol for the past four days all of the extra heartbeats have stopped and I haven't felt my heart beat at all--which is such a wonderful feeling. But, unfortunately the Rythmol is giving me some bad side effects with indigestion, stomach upset, shortness of breath if I just try to do something as simple as vaccuming, and itching and rashes. So I'm going to stop taking it today.
I am so discouraged and feel that I will never have a normal life again. No one still has been able to figure out why I am dizzy, but the general doctor that I saw in the hopsital on Sunday morning said that he believes the dizziness IS from my heart rhythm problems. He said with such irregular heart rates how could I not feel dizzy.
I have an appointment on Tuesday with the Chief of Cardiology from the University of PA Presbyterian Medical Center and hope that he can figure out something because I just can't live the rest of my life like this.