I take 150mg azathioprine (i.e., imuran) per day. I'm in remission since a hospitalisation last summer (the first in almost 10 years). At the time of hospitalisation I was on 125mg aza per day and had probably decreased it somewhat unilaterally.
Anyway, these days I wear a ftibit sports watch. I'm sure doctors must hate patients coming to them with concerns/questions from sportswatch data!
My resting heart rate has always been low (I run 5-6 times per week) in the low 50's.
My heart rate variability (HRV), however, is persistently low (it sits around 10). Sometimes I lend my watch to my girlfriend. Its dispiriting to see the HRV jump back up to 'normal' levels (like around 40) every time she wears it, and is a continual reminder that mine seems to be 'abnormally' low.
I do realise that these things are relative, and it may be hard to categorise 'abnormally low' HRV.
- I would be interested to know if others here measure HRV, and if low levels for UC patients who are in remission is a thing. I wonder if the azathioprine is part of the reason for my low HRV. I've always felt that azathioprine has some kind of stress effect on me and that I may be chronically fatigued, but I think its hard for doctors to take subjective complaints like that seriously and I am sympathetic.