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   Posted 8/9/2014 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to the forum. I have a ton of questions and will try my best to not pester people. My first question. When i lay down i get a sensation of a rattle in my chest when i inhale. I dont notice this any other time and sometimes it is difficult to get a good deep breath almost like my lungs are restricted, I notice this at times just sitting at my desk at work. OK that's 2! I see where so many have endured to get a final diagnosis of what is wrong. I went to my doctor with joints inflamed and visually swollen. I told him several years back my blood work suggested lupus. That doc then referred me to a rheumatologist who said nope blood work looks normal. I had spent so many years prior being made to feel like a hypochondriac (sp). So I dealt with the pain. So I'm back with a new doc and my blood work shows elevated scores in some but all in all same within normal range. I have read that different labs can differ in scores. I have not been back yet to see my doc not till October I tink to see if the meds are working.

I have began to keep a journal. I want him to see my days when I go back

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/9/2014 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
The rattle could be allergies to your bed (dust mites), or you might have GERD (acid reflux). Get those ruled out, too.

Lupus is not identified by blood work only. There is a list of 11 indicators for lupus all rheumys must go by. You only need four of them to have it. If your rheumy looked only at your blood work then run not walk away from him. Get your primary to send you to a new rheumy.
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   Posted 8/11/2014 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you

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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 8/12/2014 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grammx6 and welcome :)

Do you have asthma or possibly a chest infection? I would definitely suggest you see your primary dr or GP and see if they want a chest x-ray. As Joy said it could be allergies as well. Rattling, wheezing, shortness of breath all warrant a trip to the dr to find the underlying cause. You don't want to mess with your breathing.

Let us know how it goes and I hope you get some answers soon!
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