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geminisunset
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   Posted 9/15/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone else experienced a higher heart rate during a flare up?
 
When I went for my first Remicade treatment six weeks ago, they hooked me up to the blood pressure machine to track my vitals, and my heart rate was really high (averaged in the 130's during the three-hour infusion). They said it was because I was really dehydrated. Then the next time I went in (two weeks later), my heart rate was still high, but it had dropped from my previous visit - it was steady at 117. They said it was probably high due to my body being under stress. So since then I have been paying more attention to it and would take my own pulse once in a while to check where it is at. It has been just about four weeks since my last visit when it was at 117, and now it is averaging between 100 and 110, sometimes a couple higher. So it is slowly decreasing - but it still scares me. I'm afraid to workout because I don't want to make it go any faster.
 
Any thoughts?
 
Thanks!
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (full colitis)
Medications: Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions (started Aug 2008 - 2 infusions so far, one more to go prior to starting them every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C


jujub
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   Posted 9/15/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you had your thyroid checked recently? We're more susceptible to autoimmune thyroid disorders, and that can really send your heart racing. If you're well hydrated, have no fever and are resting, your heart rate shouldn't be that high chronically. Are you having other symptoms of hyperthyroidism? Feeling hot? Trouble sleeping? Palpatations? Irritability? You may want to consider asking your PCP to draw blood for thyroid tests.
Judy - Southern US 
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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geminisunset
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   Posted 9/15/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply, Judilyn. I have not had my thyroid tested. My mother suggested the same thing. I have been having trouble sleeping, but thought that was due to the prednisone I was on. But I am no longer on prednisone (last dose was taken on 9/9), and yet I still have not slept though the night. I have also had the occassional palpatations. I googled hyperthyroidism, and one website listed 15 signs/symptoms of hyperthyroidism. I have 9 of them. I'm going to call my PCP and see if I can get in there this week. Just what I need on top of dealing with UC!
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (full colitis)
Medications: Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions (started Aug 2008 - 2 infusions so far, one more to go prior to starting them every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C


marty1976
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   Posted 9/15/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
In patients with severe Uc it is common for them to have a rapid heart rate.Never neglect your heart, get your doc to check out fully.
Marty
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emory
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 327
   Posted 9/15/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, my heart rate has been high (for me) during this flare, mostly in the range of 120-130. What I don't understand is how I can have low blood pressure (90/60) at the same time?
40 years old and female
Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008 (after 5 weeks of blood and mucous) and still flaring
UNTIL 9/4/08: Canasa 1000 mg suppositories nightly, 25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories in a.m.
CURRENTLY: Proctofoam at bedtime
Effexor 37.5, Clonazepam .5 mg (or more) and Trazodone 50 mg for sleep
2.5 mg methimazole for thyroid
Recently started probiotic (Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra) and acupuncture
Osteopenia (and I haven't even taken steroids!)


geminisunset
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   Posted Yesterday 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
emory - When I went for my first Remicade infusion, I was in really bad shape - extremely dehydrated and basically at rock bottom. My heart rate was in the 130's, yet my blood pressure was extremely low 80-something/60-something (I don't remember exactly). Two weeks later, my blood pressure was normal. They said the low blood pressure was due to my being so dehydrated.

GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (full colitis)
Medications: Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions (started Aug 2008 - 2 infusions so far, one more to go prior to starting them every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C


love4cats
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 458
   Posted Yesterday 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I would see a cardiologist for some tests, could also be a heart virus.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 

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