It happens to me when I am in a bad flare of neuro symptoms, in which extreme muscle weakness is one of my big issues, and it is truly frightening. I tried to explain it to my dr. and he blew me off. My neuro acted as if he really believed me and even tested me for myasthenia gravis. Since that was ....surprise....normal, my rheumy just shrugged. So I went looking, and found that dysphagia is really not uncommon in lupus. for me, it is just a brief inability to swallow, as if the reflex to even swallow my secretions is gone. And if I happen to have food in transit, it is horrifying. Twice I came close to panic. I have episodes of upper rt. sided abdominal pain, sharp and thankfully brief that usually happens the day before diarrhea/mucus, too. Usually every 5 months or so. And if it's really sharp pain, it travels up to my rt. shoulder. (That can be a sign of gallbladder trouble). No, we are not imagining things. Ain't lupus fun?
God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Degenerative Osteoarthritis, Asthma
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. (20-40mg prn), Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U, Calcium, Flector patch prn, Ambien and Elavil every night. Advair, Albuterol and DuoNeb inhalers.