I certainly think that stress can cause any pain to be worse and if it continues you should probably let your dr check you out. Also, my 14 year old daughter spat a little comment at me yesterday that stung a little. My husband invited my brother and his family over for a cookout yesterday and when I told him I did not feel like entertaining and cleaning all evening my daughter said, "We never have people over anymore cuz your too tired!"
I know that 14 year old girls are not into empathy but ....ouch! So I know how you feel. It IS a chore to have fun sometimes. It's a chore to shower, to dry your hair, to go all the way up the stairs where the only roll of toilet paper is (so you just use kleenex). I also truly believe that a lot of times when people unload on us like your husband did, it is a reflection on how helpless they feel. And just as much as this disease robs us of ourselves are families feel that loss too. (Some just handle it better than others) My husband is prone to tantrums and I just consider that his disease! Well, I hope that things will level out for you and that your husband will chill out and come around. Try to have a good day and hang in there!
Hi Sandspoker. If you continue to have the chest pain even though you're resting, I really think you should call your doc. As for the other issue I've told my friends here before that my intelligence used to be so much of who I am and I had a quick, great sense of humor. I hate lupus fog!!!! Lynnwood has actually given me encouragement because she is currently sans fog. One of the most difficult things about this disease is adjusting to the new, less improved you on a moments notice, but there are lots of good days too. ((Hugs)) Call your doc!
I was going to post about chest pain when I read yours. I too keep getting upper chest pains but it goes away when I lay down but it scares me. Im on methotrexate and I dont know if its common for that to happen?? Ive a history of COPD and had histoplasmosis and now Im scared they shouldnt of used the methotrexate?? I am so confused and frustrated I cant stand it!! Now I have massive headache. Maybe someone herecan give us insight into this??
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You know Hippi - I was wondering about my chest pains.
I agree about mentioning the chest pain to your doc, especially if it gets bad. Sometimes with lupus you can get pleurisy which is very painful or some of us have costochondritis which is inflammation in the chest wall and the connective tissue between the ribs and chest. I get that and it can also be really painful. I'm sure stress can make any of these things worse as it can with any of the lupus stuff.
I do have pleurisy Hippi - it is very painful.
I had to paste it because I'm wondering about costochondri*** (I would never have got through that without a "paste"...lol) - what happens when this happens to you? As soon as you said inflammation - my ears perked because when I felt those attacks starting, I could feel an inflammation coming on (like when you start a chest cold - that "burning" you get - only mine would intensify really quickly) Would anything like this happen to you?
I've done a lot of reading on the subject of Lupus of late. I was seriously thinking that perhaps, when I was going through those "attacks" - that's what I called them - I was suffering from pleurisy of the heart (not sure what the exact term is). Seeing I already had Pleurisy, it might not have been such a big stretch to think of that as a possibility but your explanation sounds intriguing as well... I anxious to hear more!!!
I'm sorry I missed your post this morning. I read all the replies and am very happy to see you are feeling better.
I worked all weekend and overslept this morning and just didn't have time to check in here before I had to work again today. Thankfully I'm off tomorrow and can hopefully get some much overneeded rest.
I read what Hippi wrote and I too have the chest pain and it has been told to me that it is the cartilage between the ribs like she said. I have never had pleurisy but if it hurts like the inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs, I can understand how much pain you were in. Did the pain feel like the pain you've experienced before with your pleurisy?
Even though you are feeling better now, I would still mention this episode to your doctor.
I am so sorry you had to even experience the pain. I think the pain does get worse with stress. For me, I get stressed and then the only thing I can focus on is the pain and I really feel that makes it worse.
I am soooooo glad you had the chat with your girlfriend. I like your phrase about "this is who I am". Can I adopt your motto?! God created you and you are the person he wanted you to be. I love that you can accept yourself for who you are. I am really striving to achieve that way of thinking and having all of you here for support helps that thinking process.