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.
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