Thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes and welcome to our group. I trust you will find good support and information here. We are growing steadily and really do have some wonderful people here.
Faith and a positive attitude cannot be underestimated, and I believe that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in this time of my life. My partner David, family and friends have been such a wonderful support in my life and it just never ceases to amaze me how the right people are put in my path! My last VT attack was a long way from home and I was one block away from a major hospital, nothing is by chance methinks )
I don’t fear attacks as I used to now, I know what I have to do and the doctors in my local hospital know me and treat me quickly and with minimal stress, eventhough the entire process can be rather stressful at times. I certainly will be most happy when all of this arrhythmia stuff is sorted out, and I am believing they will find that pesky little extra pathway this time and get rid of it for good!
My problem is I have a terrible intolerance to medication that renders it impossible for me to live a life other than being near bed ridden. The last medication I was on made me hypothyroid within 2 weeks of therapy and my bone marrow was becoming compromised, I wonder if anyone else has had a negative experience with amiodarone hydrochloride?. I am not on any medication at the moment but on therapeutic levels of magnesium these days. When I have attacks the most recent a couple of days ago, the doctors give me a magnesium drip and it settles the arrhythmia down nicely and the doctors don’t wish to use any drug therapy on me so that it will give me a greater chance of ablation success in November.The very first ablation attempt some 2 years ago was obviously unsuccessful and after much deliberation with the doctors that thought that the 4 day loading dosages of amiodarone could have stopped it, so I understand their reasoning.
I am very pro alternative therapies but and I am not anti-drug either as I believe all modalities have their places. I couldn’t understand why the magnesium I was taking wasn’t getting into the cells, so I talked to a couple of naturopath friends and they told me to increase the dosage and use a mixture of magnesium forms with potassium. I thought that 3,500mg was a bit of a big dosage but on reflection it really isn’t considering the magnesium wasn’t getting into the cells and the body will get rid of the magnesium it isn’t using. So what I am doing is trying to maintain the IV magnesium /serum blood levels, so that it will settle the arrhythmia. I must admit today is a better day and I had a nice restful sleep last night, and doing it this way may just keep me out of the ER one week.
Sleep is so important and good quality sleep. I find that if I don’t get good sleep that I have increased arrhythmia and I must admit long gone are the days of late nights! (maybe it is because I am getting old LOL). I have also changed my diet to basically 80% raw foods and drink huge amounts of water. Strangely enough, I do find that if I don’t drink enough I do get an increase in arrhythmia. It is a cheap and easy way of helping keep the funky beats at bay! Apparently many persons are dehydrated, I read a statistic that said 70%. I am not certain of the validity of that statistic but many people I talk to admit to me they don’t drink enough.
Anyways… enough of my incessant ramblings LOL
All the very best