Difficulty breathing/heartbeat/Colazal?

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doors12
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   Posted 12/23/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm pretty sure I've read about this before - but has anyone experienced occasionally an irregular feeling heartbeat, and/or shortness of breath (feeling like you can't catch your breath)?
 
I am a smoker - and this sensation is making me question what I can do to be more  healthy.  I would like to know if this happens because of inflammation, ie CRP, or because of Colazal, dehydration, or (hopefully not) some autoimmune lung issue. 
 
All I know is that it tends to come and go.  I am going to promise myself to find a decent GP doctor for the new year.
 
 
 Doing some googling and wondering if it could be anemia?  Wish I knew more about this stuff!


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 

Post Edited (doors12) : 12/23/2008 7:47:00 PM (GMT-7)


suebear
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   Posted 12/23/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   

An occasional irregular heartbeat can be normal.  Shortness of breath can also be normal and caused by stress.  However, since you are a smoker it's best to get a doctor to check both of your symptoms because both of the symptoms can be related to smoking.  The best gift you can give yourself is to quit smoking and start exercising.

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


quincy
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   Posted 12/24/2008 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
doors12..have you taken your pulse to see if it's actually skipped beats or slower or faster?

I have asthma and do on occasion feel short of breath (which can feel a tad scary). As of the past 2 months I've had laryngitis twice and working on another bout. My chest is burning.
Were you sick recently with a cold/flu or could be getting on at this time?

I do get the same skipped beat fluttering feeling in my chest, and when I get my husband to check my pulse, it's actually faster but regular. I do have a slight murmur, but the doc doesn't think that's related and thinks it's anxiety. I don't know if it is for sure because the anxiety feelings I normally get seem different.

Curious if you get that feeling when you are smoking a cigarette or when you aren't.

I totally agree with Sue to request your doc have your chest x-rayed just in case there is something going on that could be autoimmune related or other.

Is your CRP high?

At least the anemia is easy to check as well as the B12 and even vitamin D.

Keep us updated as to how you're doing.,
q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 5th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate)....1 each  @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 12/24/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
     I used to get irregular beats when I smoked years ago, so I think it is more smoking related.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


doors12
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   Posted 12/27/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
No I haven't been sick at all this winter, thankfully. I don't notice a correlation with smoking as in just after or during a cigarette, but I had done some drinking the days before, not crazy or anything. I have noticed what I think could be some "wheezing" on occasion also. It's not real often I get like this where I feel I am not getting the oxygen I need, but it comes on and may last a day or two.

The heartbeat thing is rare - it will just come on and happen and i'm thinking "what the hell was that" and then that I hope I'm not having a heart attack. None of this seems anxiety related to me. (I know some people have anxiety and freak themselves out thinking they will have a heart attack). Incidentally, this has all gone away for the time being as of today.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 


quincy
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   Posted 12/27/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy to hear you're feeling better...but you should get the chest x-ray regardless.

Keep us posted.
q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, enemas nightly (sigh!!)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 12/27/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Quitting smoking is always a good idea. As for Colazal use, I have my suspicions that something among the ingredients may affect breathing over time. It was actually your post in the recent thread on generic Colazal that got me thinking about that. You wrote that you experienced a lot of intestinal gurgling, rumbling, etc. while taking the generic; so did I, contrary to the mostly quiet comfort I felt while on original Colazal. That makes me think that something in original Colazal calms peristalsis-- therefore, we feel less discomfort from gurgling, etc. motions. But could the "something" also affect our breathing patterns? I toss this Q out keeping in mind the fact that Colazal is being used as a maintenance med for some of us-- because we're not helped by Asacol. I don't think that Colazal was originally intended as a maintenance med. My gastro, who subspecializes in IBD treatment, recently told me that a new form of Balsalazide with brand-name Apriso is soon due on the market, & it is supposed to be a maintenance med. So-- the jury is still out & we have to beware of what we're taking. Some of us are likely super-sensitive to many different chemicals. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 2-3 original Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)
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