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   Posted 8/26/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I've posted before that I've been having breathing problems.  At about 3am Monday it started in again, this time though it caused alot of chest tightness and pains under my ribs when I took in a breath.  I was told back in 94 that I had asthme and given an inhaler to use as needed.  It turned out I only needed it if I got a bad cold.  about a yr ago is when it changed, since I've been using it 4-5 times a day and it doesn't seem to help for long.  I tryed my inhaler on Monday and it didin't work at all.  So, at 3:00 pm I went to the er.  They gave me a breathing treatment and it helped for a second and then I felt like I couldn't breathe again.  My o2 level was fine though, thats whats wierd.  I felt as though I just couldn't get enough air in even though my o2 level was fine.  Then the dr ran some tests an dtold me it could be inflammation in my lungs.
He put me on prednizone for 5 days to see if it would help.  I took one last night when I got home and i could actually breathe good for the first time in so long.  Then today i woke up and actually felt good for once.  I showed him the hair I lost since I had been there on my pillow he told me just to tell the rhumy when i see her.  He felt it all could be auto immune related.  I have not been dx yet.  Have any of you ever had that feeling like you just couldn't get enough air in, almost like your lungs aren't expanding enough?  hopefully I'll get answers soon.

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   Posted 8/26/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Domanique,

Your trip to the ER must have been scary for you.  Sorry you are going through all this.  I only have the shortness of breath upon breathing if I'm having a bout of pleurisy. I haven't had that in more than 8 years though.

Sounds like you might benefit from having a chest xray done.

Good that the prednisone worked for you.  That's a pretty good indicator that you have inflammation going on. I hope you get some answers soon too,


I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/26/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Domanique

I have experienced very similar symptoms. The er did the same for me. Prednisone! My favorite! It did work though.

Good Luck and feel better soon!

31 year old mom of 1: SLE, UCTD, FM, Arthritis, Reynalds(?), Migraines, Alopecia, Neuropothy(L:Hand & Foot), Int. Bells Palsey, Costrocondritis(?), a bunch of other stuff I don't remember right now and even more labwork I dont understand! Patient at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.
 Plaquinil, Trazodone, Lidoderm, Percocet for now...I hate taking the meds!  Refusing any more Prednisone!

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 8/26/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you were going through a bout of pleurisy. I've been through it twice, and had the exact same symptoms as you. I am glad you are feeling better now.
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.

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 156
   Posted 8/27/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the answers and good thoughts.
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