Hi hun, I'm so sorry I know it hurts like heck! What I do is lay down with a heating pad on my chest. Sometimes warrm milk helps for some reason. You may need an antibiotic. You could have an infection. Have you gained unexplained weight like possibly retaining fluid? sometimes the sack around your heart/ lungs can have fluid which can cause some of the pain. Try sleeping on the least painful side. I don't know that it actually helps but I use vicks vapo rub sometimes. Not the stuff that has a strong smell.
As for seeing the pulmonologist I frankly think everyone with lupus should see a pulmonologist at least once a year. Just to stay on top of things. are you on a pain med for it?
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