Chest Pain and Tightness?

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Melody5
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   Posted 3/5/2014 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope all is doing well, prayers to those fighting still. I have another quick question, more like another symptom I think?! So, my chest lately has been so right and painful to breathe! I can't even go workout cause I can't catch my breath! Right now it feels as if I just ran a marathon and I just woke up. I don't know what this is, but it's extremely painful and scary. Like my lungs are giving out. What is this? Please any responses. Going to see my PCP today, maybe he could lend some suggestions as to what it is but I came to my trusty lupies first. 😊
Melodie -
Dx: SLE Lupus 01/14 / Chronic Colitis 01/14
Meds: 4mg Medrol, 4 tabs 2.5mg Methotrexate, 1.25mg VIT D2, 0.5mg Klonopin, 50mg Topamax (Prenatal Vitamins & Probiotics)

Keep the faith!

couchtater
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   Posted 3/5/2014 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
You've probably already seen your doctor by now. What did he say?

I hope you're feeling better.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Melody5
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   Posted 3/5/2014 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Haven't seen the doc just yet. What do you think it is, any ideas?
Melodie -
Dx: SLE Lupus 01/14 / Chronic Colitis 01/14
Meds: 4mg Medrol, 4 tabs 2.5mg Methotrexate, 1.25mg VIT D2, 0.5mg Klonopin, 50mg Topamax (Prenatal Vitamins & Probiotics)

Keep the faith!

Barbara Lee
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   Posted 3/5/2014 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Melodie:

I'm guessing by now that you've see your PCP. What did they have to say? Are you feeling any better?

I suffer with chronic pleurisy, pericarditis, and have pulmonary hypertension. Since you are a young woman I would highly doubt it's the pulmonary hypertension. Pleurisy and pericarditis can happen in a lot of lupus patients.

With pleurisy it's inflammation around your lungs and it causes shortness of breath. With the pericarditis you begin to collect fluid in between the sack that holds your heart and the heart itself. With pericarditis you will feel better when leaning forward and it's easier to breathe that way. With the pleurisy some people are more comfy that way and others are not.

The treatment for both of the conditions (if they aren't severe) is to increase the amount of steroids you're taking. I can't tell you how many times I've been in the hospital for both of these conditions. I've got very bad lungs though. My lupus attacked both my lungs and heart, I've got a ton of scar tissue on my lungs, and I have to use oxygen 24/7 to be able to breathe normally. Plus, I've got a HUGE blood clot in my SVC.

If you didn't see your Doctor today for some reason, and you're still have a lot of shortness of breath, and chest pain, please go to the nearest ER and be checked out. Better safe than sorry okay. By the way with both pleurisy and pericarditis these conditions are very, very painful and normally have chest pain along with it.

If I can answer any other questions please feel free to ask. Hope you're feeling better and hang in there and let us know how you're doing.

Hugs,
Barbara
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Obstructive & Central Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.

couchtater
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   Posted 3/6/2014 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
It might be coschoditis(sp?). It's inflamed muscles in the ribs.

Right now my ribs are tender right where my bra goes around my chest. Not sure if it's my fibro or the lupus. I'm waiting to see if it gets worse or not.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Melody5
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Date Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 3/6/2014 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I saw home yesterday and I still have the shortness of breath. I see my rheumatologist this coming Monday. I'll keep all of you updated. It still hurts to breathe though.
Melodie -
Dx: SLE Lupus 01/14 / Chronic Colitis 01/14
Meds: 4mg Medrol, 4 tabs 2.5mg Methotrexate, 1.25mg VIT D2, 0.5mg Klonopin, 50mg Topamax (Prenatal Vitamins & Probiotics)

Keep the faith!

Melody5
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Date Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 3/6/2014 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to everyone who responded to my post, I won't forget to respond. Really thank you.
Melodie -
Dx: SLE Lupus 01/14 / Chronic Colitis 01/14
Meds: 4mg Medrol, 4 tabs 2.5mg Methotrexate, 1.25mg VIT D2, 0.5mg Klonopin, 50mg Topamax (Prenatal Vitamins & Probiotics)

Keep the faith!
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