I had been suffering from an arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation) for quite some time that was undiagnosed. I have been hypothyroid most of my adult life. I was diagnosed with asthma as I was approaching my 50th birthday. Aches and pains were becoming an increasing issues as I aged. My stomach was often upset and I would have heart burn 2-3 times a week. But mostly, it had been a very long time (months if not years) since I had felt “normal”. Something was just not right. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. The regular Mds were of little help to offering a diagnosis, except to say it was part of getting older.
I was getting depressed. I would be irritable and withdrawn. I was starting to miss work and it was very hard to feel relaxed, even at home. I was even getting to the point where I was actually afraid to leave my home.
I went to doctors. I saw my primary care physician for a physical exam and blood work. Tests were normal. I saw my cardiologists, both the plumber and the electrician and had EKGs, Echocardiogram, Nuclear Stress Test, a Sleep Study. Results again were normal. I went to a Gastroenterologist, more blood tests and endoscope. Again, nothing to explain why I was feeling so bad.
The first I remember is the aches and pain subsided and the headaches I often had disappeared. I could sleep and go for walks without my hips hurting. My wife noticed that my snoring had virtually stopped. My stomach aches and heartburn went away. I was able to reduce and eventually stop the asthma medicines. But most important, and most amazing to me, after about two and half months, my arrhythmia started back to normal. The atrial fibrillation is in “remission” perhaps even gone. Just an occasional ectopic beat now. I’ve also been able to cut back on my blood pressure medicine.
My life has vastly improved. I cam back from the brink of suicide. Yes, the thoughts of pulling the trigger were entering my mind. I am happier and feel well, even NORMAL. I feel I can do all things I did before.