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   Posted 3/29/2009 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, i was just wondering if anyone else has had heart palpatations? My story is, i am now 25 i had my first palps on a full bus (very embarresing, and scary.) i was only around 18. I had them around 8 times lasting a couple of minutes over a couple of weeks, i finally went to my GP who said i may need an operation for a small heart murmur then to a cardiologist, i told the cardi Dr about heart murmur, he said i do not need an op, so i had ECG'S, i wore a holter monitor, which didnt show anything, was told i had a condition (forget the long name) but as he explained my heart pools with a small amount of blood in the wall artery area and is not fully pumped out properly, but was told i would not need any meds or ops or a follow up, he also said it could be stress, i was so young i guess i ignored it and thought i would be fine and it didnt happen again for years until once when i was 24 and i was around 7 months pregnant with my first child, i was at the hair dressers and it only lasted a minute or two at the time i didnt think much of it and put it down to the fact i was laying in an odd position with a huge stomach getting my hair washed in a basin. Anyway i wanted to give birth at a birthing centre not a hospital and because i thought i had a heart problem as i was told it may have been risky because there was only midwives and no DRs there, they asked for my files from the cardi and ya know what? There was nothing sent out about it, just a letter saying im fine, that it was investigated and that i would be fine to have my child there. Firstly i would like to know how this can happen? How can i be told that i have a heart condition and then told in a letter that i do not and i am fine? I am so frustrated, anyway because i only had the time at the hairdressers and was pregnant i didnt bother looking into it again even after the letter from the cardi, the reason i am writing is i was at the show today and i didnt go on any rides but i started having these palpatations again, it went for longer than it ever had before, around 8-10 minutes of hard, very fast thumping and was extremely scary, i sat down and it faded after a while. I guess i am more concerned now that i have a 14 month old son. I do not want him left if something happens to me. Its now a few hours later and my chest is still hearting is this normal and can anyone tell me what has helped them to stop these scary episodes or try and prevent a few at least. Sorry its so long and Thanks

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   Posted 3/29/2009 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hayjay, Well I don't have the rapid heartbeat but mines skips beats all the time. I agree it is scary. I can go weeks with nothing then go several days or so and it does it every 2 minutes. I told my doc and he listened to my heart and said I sounded good so not to worry about it. They blamed part of it on stress and part of it on being anemic. All I know is I don't like it!
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 8 months ago. Now on Remicade, Flagyl, B-12 injections and iron. Feeling much better!
God Bless. Tony

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   Posted 3/29/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Not sure what meds you are on, but my 13 yo son got heart palpitations from Flagyl and had to go off it...

13 y.o. ds diagnosed with Crohn's this year.
My father and sister have it too.
DS is currently on Pentasa, Perinethol and Euro-Fer. Hoping to see some improvement soon...

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   Posted 3/29/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't get rapid heartbeat, but I do get "skips".. they were pretty scary at first. I told my doc about them and she did blood work for my electrolytes and potassium, but they seem to be fine; although I do drink PowerAde Zeros everyday to help with that. She said that they're probably from the prednisone. Sometimes I get them all throughout the day and sometimes only a few times a day, but my doctor isn't concerned about them, and even though sometimes they still make me nervous, I'm kinda lumping them into "just another thing to deal with because of my Crohn's".
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's at age 16, then with proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, B12 injections once a month, 20mg Prednisone, Bentyl and Percoset as needed... just started Remicade

Miss J
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   Posted 3/29/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi hayjay. about twice per year I experience what you described- unless I'm on Prednisone or Flagyl. Then it happens a few times per day. Are you on any medication?

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   Posted 3/29/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
hayjaykay, I too saw my doc about my heart palpatations (also had a long medical term name so I'm thinking it might be the exact same thing as what you have) and rest assured my GP explained to me that EVERYONE gets heart palpatations and that many or even most don't even notice them because it's a small percentage of people that acutally feel the effects of having them which are generally your heart pounding very hard and fast (and can be seen noticably with the chest moving in and out) and the not being able to catch your breath (or difficulty breathing) and the pain that shoots from the back of your neck up into your head are all symptoms of heart palpatations but not dangerous or life threatening, they do offer meds for those that experiance then alot and find the symptoms annoying/painful, but I just learned to deal with mine by taking in reallly deep breaths and ever so slowly releasing, doing that about 4 times in a row usually stops all the symptoms immediately. I also noticed this happening to me when I was younger more so than it happens now.

Of course anytime someone experiances something like that for the first time they should always get it checked to make sure it isn't something more serious.

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   Posted 3/31/2009 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
My heart gets to thumping and bumping often too, and I also wore the moniter about 15 years ago, and was told that it may be from stress and caffeine so I don't drink coffee anyway but cut out the diet coke and anything else that may contain caffeine.  I was diagnosed with Crohn's about 5 years after this experience and am now on Pentasa, and one of its side effects is heart palpatations, so I just take a few deep breaths when I feel them and they don't stay around for long.  The not knowing and worrying in itself was an enormous stress on me.  Once I knew that it was nothing life threatening, I calmed down about it. 

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   Posted 3/31/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a personal anecdote in case it helps at all. I had a lot of heart rythem stuff over the years. Totally coincidentally, when i started taking milk of magnesia for my C, the palpitations vaporized!! they've been gone for the past 4 years.

I must admit I also had a little run in with them recently again, but they were very mild and they're caused by a totally misbehaving thyroid (thyroiditis). They've been amazingly minor, and I wonder if I lucked out again because of the magnesium.

it made all the difference in the world for me.

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   Posted 3/31/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone, Thankyou for replying. I am not taking any medication at the moment. I am told by people that i make it worse by stressing when i am having the palpatations, coz i think at the time im going 2 die, but i guess if it keeps happening i will try 2 think i will be fine and hopefully that helps. As for the caffeine, i have only drank 1 coffee in my whole life, i hate the stuff, yuk. lol. and not a big coke fan either, so i guess it could be just stress or something, but i will certainly look in2 it more if it keeps happening. I will try a few things from you all, see if something will work for me. Thanks guys

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   Posted 4/1/2009 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
When I started having sharp chest pains and pressing sensations, the cardiologist diagnosed it as mitral valve prolapse / mitral regurgitation after 2 D echo. I am taking diltiazem and Dothiepin and fine now.
Male India 46 years Diagnosed CD in 1990 Fistula surgery 1988
Mesacol Iron Folic Acid Omega Diagnosed MVP/MR in 2007 Dilitiazem Dothiepin

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   Posted 4/1/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried posting in the heart and cardiovascular forum? Just wanted to make sure you weren't posting under Crohns on accident.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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