By Steve S. Ryan, PhD
I received an email from a woman from England who described her horrendous A-Fib symptoms—palpitations, extreme fluttering, breathlessness, “absolute extreme fatigue.”
She then relayed how her doctor told her that her symptoms had nothing to do with her A-Fib, that these symptoms were all in her head, that she was exaggerating her breathlessness and exhaustion.
To add insult to injury, her doctor was a woman! (It’s usually male doctors who tell female patients that’s its all in their mind.)
I wrote back to her and reassured that her symptoms are real and recommended contacting one or more of our A-Fib Support Volunteers. They offer hope and encouragement through exchanging emails and sharing their stories. (Not all Support Volunteers are ‘cured’ of their A-Fib, but have found the best outcome for themselves.)
I also suggested she change doctors.
To learn more about our A-Fib Support Volunteers, go to our Resources page: Our A-Fib Support Volunteers: Just an Email Away.