Raynaud's in the lungs?

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elcamino
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   Posted 6/29/2012 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
 
I do not have lupus (I have rheumatid arthritis), but I thought I would run across more people on the lupus forum that have raynaud's.  I have raynaud's, presumably secondary since I have RA--although I've never been tested for primary vs. secondary raynaud's because it's really an academic question.
 
In any case, I've been treated with low dose nifedipine which works beautifully on my fingers and toes.  However, for many years now, I have a very difficult time in cold weather with these outrageous coughing attacks.  This is true for cold weather outside as well as for air conditioning.  I recently had to drop out of choir because everytime I sang in the air conditioned sanctuary, I would start coughing.  This is not only embarrasing to me, but is disruptive to the entire service.
 
I've had a pulmonary work up, and my lungs work well, so no problems there.  But vasospasm of the lungs was never approached.  I just know that I've always had couging attacks when exposed to cold and dry air.
 
Is this a problem with anyone?  And if so, is there any treatment for it?
 
Thanks,
El

couchtater
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   Posted 6/29/2012 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd ask the pulmologist to check you for vasospasms
Joy

Bsime
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   Posted 7/1/2012 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I have raynauds but only in my fingers and it has improved greatly over the years.  Here is a comprehensive discussion of raynauds which does mention lung involvement but does not discuss specific treatment for that complication.
 
 
Bill

Bsime
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   Posted 7/1/2012 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
A full discussion of RS and lung complications with mention of treatment options.
 
 
Hope this helps.
 
Bill

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   Posted 7/2/2012 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Bill, I always look forward to your posts because they are so insightful. Thanks!  Love, Butterflake aka Donna

elcamino
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   Posted 7/10/2012 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the great info. 
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