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mama2jmt
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 4/18/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
      Hello everyone.I am a newbie to the cardio forum,but have been on the crohns forum a few times.I am 34 years old & was dx'd w/crohns & heart failure in 2004 shortly after giving birth.I had symptoms of cd for 8 years before the dx & had never had any heart issues prior to both dx's.I went into premature labor because of serious complications from the cd,& had to have an emergency resection 9 days after giving birth.I also had 2 abscesses,peritonitis,& severe swelling from the tips of my toes to the tops of my thighs(swelling did not occur until the day after my daughter was born).After spending a month in the hospital recovering from surgeries,I finally got to go home & I was actually starting to make some progress,then a few weeks later I ended up in the ER w/shortness of breath,I figured that I possibly had pnuemonia from spending so much time in the bed after surgery.Anyways,I was dx'd w/heart failure a few days later.
       Now it has been 3 years & I have asked my cardiologist several times if the cd & 2 major surgeries could have caused the heart failure,but he insists that it was from having a baby.I've made major progress w/my heart & have kept the cd symptoms at bay ever since both dx's & I can't help but wonder if one illness led to the other.Has anyone ever heard of this?I am not sure what to believe.After all,I do have crohns & one thing I have learned over the past 11 years is that docs are not always right.Anyways,I have a 3 year old child so I take all my meds & follow my low-sodium diet & basically do everything my cardio says(except getting a defibilater).I really don't want to abandon my daughter for the hospital again.
       Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this & I am sorry for the long post.Btw,the low-sodium really stings because I spent many years not being able to eat anything from the cd & I finally got an appetite after starting meds then I was zapped w/ the low-sodium diet.It's probably for the best though,because I would eat everything in sight & I've also learned to become a much better cook!  -Jennifer 

stkitt
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   Posted 4/20/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Jennifer,

From the knowledge I have of CD and heart disease I would tend to think your physician is right.  The strain on your body with the pregnancy may have thrown you into CHF. You were already ill with the CD and your heart had to do all the work for pumping blood for you and you baby. This is my own opinion and I think you have the right to get second opinion if you feel you need one.

I am sorry you just got back your appetite and they put you on low sodium diet but I feel you are a strong person and you will do what you must to keep the CHF at bay.

Bless you.


 
Respectfully
 
Kitt
 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter
 

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