Hi Glory, I don't want to freak ya out or anything but all I can do is tell you my experience. 9 years ago I was diagnoses with asthma. I continued to get worse throughout the years until my pcp sent me to a pulmonologist. He said I could quit taking my asthma meds because I had copd. of course I was pretty devistated. I was in my early 40's at that time. The pulmonologist ran some test and told me that I had test come back possitive for lupus. I really knew nothing about lupus and was so wrapped up in the copd that I didn't even do a follow up on it. Over the years I had other doctors tell me I had possitive tests for lupus. My attitude was i got enough going on if it becomes a problem I'll investigate. I was in and out of the hospital all the time with pnemonia and bronchitis. I always got the same puzzled responses from doctors like "you're awfully young to have copd." Now they beleive that there is a corelation between lupus and my lung problems. As far as plaq. goes I have been on it for 5 months. When my doctor had me on 800mil. I could breath pretty good. when my rheumy dropped it to 400 my breathing got worse again. I really don't have an answer for you but I thought I would share what has happened to me over the years. I now am on oxygen pretty much constantly. I have home oxygen and o2 that I carry with me. some days are better than others but a new set of lungs would be good.
I hope you find some answers if it is lupus related try to get it stopped quickly!
Praying for ya
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