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Sara14
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Since Monday I have been getting spells of lightheadedness/dizziness that come and go throughout the day. Usually, they last about 20-30 minutes or so. In the past, this often happens to me when I stand up after sitting or lying down (especially during the summer), but then it only lasts about 30 seconds. My flare hasn't changed at all that I'm aware of. I still have mild inflammation limited to the rectum, no bleeding, about 3-6 mostly formed BMs/day. Haven't changed my meds, supplement or diet at all. I have been really stressed out lately, so I'm wondering if that could have anything to do with it.

Anyone else experience this? Could it be UC-related?

Thanks.
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Got2Believe
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I definately think it's UC related just b/c your probably not getting the nutrition you're body's asking for and UC may be impeding on the digestion/absorbtion. During one flare in my past I had spells of seeing stars. I would get up and see lots of floating lights. It was strange, but when I got healthier they went away.

LeafsFan
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I also had that recently when I got up too fast. Seems to be clearing up right now. Hopefully as I taper off the pred it will still stay away. Are you eating ok?


 
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Red_34
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Only all the time. Do you normally have low blood pressure? My normal bp is around 100/??something or other and when you stand up quickly it lowers your blood pressure. So since my bp is normally low anyway, if I stand too quickly I get dizzy, light headed and my ears pulse like the sound is going whump whump in and out. I don't know if it's Uc related or not since I've always had low bp and I've had these symptoms for many years even before Uc.
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Sara14
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies.

PushingForward - It's happening all the time now, not just when I stand up quickly, that's the weird thing. Yes, I'm eating very well. Lots of fresh and cooked veggies and fruits and whole grains. I ate a lot of sweets over the holidays but haven't been this past week. I also take a multivitamin every day and a zinc supplement, because I was low in zinc in the past. I've never been anemic, even when I was bleeding a ton and hardly eating anything.

Red - I think my blood pressure is usually normal, maybe a little on the low side if anything.
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Kiss520
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Even if you're not seeing blood, you could still be bleeding and you may be becoming anemic.  Have you had your iron levels checked lately?  Anemia can certainly make you weak/lightheaded.

Like Sherry, I also have very low blood pressure (both numbers below 100) and that can certainly contribute, too.


Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Spinach/sunflower & Low-residue diet.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
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Kiss520
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Sara - You can ignore what I said about anemia. I didn't see your reply until I posted mine, but it sounds like you don't have an issue with. Do keep an eye on it, though.
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Spinach/sunflower & Low-residue diet.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Near total remission
 
 
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kiss. I will definitely keep an eye on it. I'm not sure when the last time my levels were checked. Had a GI appt. in November but he didn't do any labs. I have had other blood work done for a UTI, though I'm not sure what they all tested for.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


Kiss520
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Iron is a really weird thing. While I was flaring bad (blood literally dripping out), I was not anemic. Then I went into the hospital because of gallstones when my flare wasn't nearly as bad, and it turned out I was so anemic that they were pushing for a transfusion! So now its something I know to watch carefully.
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Spinach/sunflower & Low-residue diet.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Near total remission
 
 
 
 


Red_34
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
One test you can do to see if it is your bp is to purchase one of those automatic blood pressure cuffs. When you stand up and get that dizzy feeling, take your bp. If it's lower then normal that can be your culprit. If not then maybe you should bring that up to your doc next time you see him/her.
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Sara14
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   Posted 1/7/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kiss and Red!

That is really strange, Kiss. I will definitely have them test my iron levels next time I'm in.
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 1/7/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I am lightheaded and I have low blood pressure and I am anemic. I hope you don't have the same issues. sad
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   Posted 1/8/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
It is likely fluctuating blood pressure, but dehydration can also cause that-- or, with dizziness, ear problems. Make sure you drink plenty of water & get enough potassium. Another possibility is exposure to chemicals that may give you an allergic reaction-- such as household cleaning liquids that produce spray/fumes. Hope you get rid of this soon! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 original Colazal daily for maintenance of remission + occasional generic Rowasa)

Sara14
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   Posted 1/8/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear you have it, too, sicklygirl.

I don't think I'm dehydrated b/c I drink tons of water every day, but I'll keep an eye on that and the potassium. I eat bananas and drink OJ almost daily so I should be okay on that front.

I'm kind of wondering if it's related to smoking at all and/or the extremely cold temperatures we've been having lately, because a lot of times it seems to happen when I go outside to smoke a cigarette, although other times it jhappens when I'm just sitting at my desk at work, so who knows. Still working on quitting...
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whtoleander
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   Posted 1/8/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry to hear you are not feeling well.
i would get my ears checked, it could be
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