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   Posted 9/7/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if anyone else ever notices that when they’re feeling rotten, their heart beat goes absolutely berserk! I’m at work at the moment, feeling so exhausted, really weak and tired, and my heart is racing like I’ve been for a run! It’s so weird. Any one have an explanation?

I feel kind of queasy as well, and very weak, have eaten so it shouldn’t be weakness from lack of food…

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   Posted 9/7/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I did have some fast beats when on the prednisone. Is this a common problem for you? Just was wandering if you have any problems related to the heart or started a new med. lol gail
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   Posted 9/7/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm well I'm not on pred, just Pentasa and some medication for migranes. Heart is beating like crazy! I feel so weird!

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   Posted 9/7/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I did that when I was dehydrated. Is that a possibility for you?


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   Posted 9/8/2008 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep. When I'm flaring my resting heart rate is above 120. It's one of the ways I know I'm not well.

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   Posted 9/8/2008 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I was going to mention dehydration also...

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   Posted 9/8/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have tachycardia and am on medication for it. For me, I think it has to do with being sick all the time, years of prednisone use, and my vitamin levels.

I suggest you measure how fast it is and keep an eye on it. If it is over 100 while your resting for a while then you should make an appt with your doc.

If you feel funny then you should see a doc asap.

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   Posted 9/8/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine goes up if I'm dehydrated, or anxious. Sometimes I don't even know I'm having anxiety until the symptoms strike. But then, dehydration can cause anxiety...does for me anyway.

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   Posted 9/8/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
hmm it's quite confusing. I have an appointment to see my GI - unfortunately the soonest I could get in is the 22nd October :(

Hi Ivy, the job is going swimmingly - i LOOOOOVE it!! You don't have facebook by any chance do you?


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   Posted 9/8/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I do remember also feeling short of breath when my heart had been racing on previous occasions - but this time I didn't feel breathless, just exhausted, like I couldn't concentrate on anything and just HAD to lay down. Maybe it's got something to do with low potassium, which I had in hospital once. I'm also anemic so that probably has something to do with the increase in heart rate. It was just flying along like crazy!

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   Posted 9/8/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad your job is going so well! You deserve it, after working so hard at uni.

I don't have facebook - is there something you wanted to show me?

When did you last have a blood test, Phoebe?

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   Posted 9/8/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to show you some pics of my new work!! We just moved into a new studio and its so sweet! Have you got a private email I can send the link to?

I had a blood test done a few weeks ago, because the GI had wanted to see if inflammation goes down when I take 6 pentasa a day... so he did a test taken twice, 6 wks apart... if it doesn't go down I may have to get another colonoscopy, followed by a pill cam or endoscopy (he thinks it has spread to my stomach)

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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a fast heartbeat when I'm either feeling really crappy or dehydrated. Once when I was in the hospital my pulse was up at 170. And it was kind of funny. it would go from 150 to 170 when i'd get up to go potty. i had a heart rate monitor on. And the nurses would come running into my room and bang on the bathroom door to ask if i was alright. I'm like, ya, fine, just going poo!

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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
ha ha that made me smile Lavender - I know just how you feel. Just like when you go to the loo and come back and sit on the couch and feel like you need a nap afterwards because it exhausts you so much! I know that feeling!

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   Posted 9/17/2013 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Pentasa can cause rapid or irregular heart beat also.

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   Posted 9/17/2013 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I too think its dehydration, what your  describing are classic signs. I have suffered with dehydration many times  in the past and had all the symptoms you are having try drinking more fluids and see if that helps Hope you are soon feeling better x

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   Posted 9/17/2013 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
The original post is from 2005. Is someone needing help with this now?
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   Posted 9/17/2013 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy6 said...
Yep. When I'm flaring my resting heart rate is above 120. It's one of the ways I know I'm not well.

I am in the exact same situation. Even when not in a full-blown flare, when I eat something bad (a triggering food) with the start of symptoms my pulse will accelerate into the 90's or over 100 even when waking up in the morning.
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   Posted 9/17/2013 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
When I'm dehydrated, nauseated, or having an anxiety/panic attack, my heart feels like its going to beat out of my chest.
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