Hi- I actually have pleurisy right now. I was having troubles breathing during our band practice last week-it felt like pinching in my chest whenever I took a breath in, seemed like I just couldn't get a good breath, and I had been so tired-like a limp noodle lately. I went to the ER and they concluded that I have pleurisy. They had me taking nabumetone because I have used it for my Lupus with success-so basically an anti-inflammatory like Advil is ideal for this. They also told me to get plenty of rest and drink extra fluids. And, my favorite part-make sure I'm taking 10-15 deep breaths an hour to make sure I'm clearing mucus out of my lungs so I do not end up getting pneumonia. Also, cough after each breath. So, pretty much breathing hurts very badly with the PL, but my Dr. told me to brace the area that hurts while breathing because sometimes counter-pressure can make it less painful.
Unfortunately I do not know what else Lupus can do to your lungs. The day I was in the ER I had 2 different docs come in and examine me and only 1 thought this could possibly have something to do with the Lupus or be common with Lupus-the other did not seem to care when I told her I had Lupus and didn't seem to put 2 and 2 together.
Anyways, I hope things are getting better for you. It doesn't hurt to at least call your rheumy and see what they suggest. This weather has been strange this year and all sorts of upper respiratory things are breaking out because of the dampness of the atmosphere. At least where I live (in the mid-west, lots of rain and flooding in my area).
"Challenges make you discover things about yourself you never really knew."
SLE and Class II Lupus Nephritis