I know lupus can cause pleurisy (an inflamation of the lining around the lungs) and that feels a lot like having pneumonia, but without all the fluid in your lungs. You cough a lot, it hurts to cough and to breath. I don't know if it affects them in any other way; I have only dealt with the pleurisy.
Have you tried propping yourself up to sleep at an angle? My son has asthma and, when he has trouble at night, we prop up the head of his bed which helps a lot.
dix: lupus sle Jan. '99, hypo-thyroid Mar. '06
rx: pred. 5mg/day, plaquenil 200mg/day, levothyroxine .112mg/day, premarin .45mg/day, methotrexate 7.5mg/week, folic acid 1mg/day
Also a wife and mother of three.