Upper GI Results Concerning

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Melissa D.
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   Posted 2/23/2016 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having severe pain in my esophagus and upper abdomen for some time. Today I had an upper GI, I thought for sure the doctor would just come back and tell me everything was okay, it was the same ole' same ole' just inflammation due to lupus. Well, there is inflammation, but also I have candid (better known as thrush) in my entire esophagus and an ulcer in my stomach. I'm actually not so concerned about the ulcer, as long as the biopsy comes back that there is no other infection in there. I'm more concerned about the candid, because I have been on Diflucan for candid in my mouth and back of my throat on and off for 6 months or so and obviously has just moved down.

I guess my question is has anyone ever experienced this? And I often have problems breathing, this week alone I had to get out of the shower mid-shower because I literally could not breath, I'm wondering could this be in my lungs as well? I am going to send these concerns to my doctor, I really didn't think of them until I got home and of course my doctors are 3 hours away as luck would have it so it's not as easy to just pop by there if I forget something.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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   Posted 2/24/2016 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like something going on with your lungs. Can you call the doctor or email them?
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Melissa D.
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   Posted 2/24/2016 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,

Yes, definitely have something going on with my lungs (again). I've been telling this too to my Rheumy, but he just shrugs it off to be inflammation each time. Another email has gone out to him since I don't see him until the 8th letting him know of the results from yesterday and asking about the lung situation. I'm worried that the candid could have spread into my lungs as well. Anyone experience that?


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   Posted 2/25/2016 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melissa,

Yes, just went through this about 6 months ago. I had the difficulty swallowing, chest (esophageal) pain, an upset stomach, laryngitis, and most concerning, severe difficulty breathing. For all of August and most of September I was treated with a high dose of prednisone. This seemed to help the breathing issues but nothing else. Finally, at the end of September an EGD was done and it was found I had severe acid reflux as well as Esophageal candidiasis. I was put on a two week course of fluconazole and that helped immensely. Also, because of the acid reflux, I was advised to raise my headboard 6". That has helped quite a bit with the acid reflux. Since my diagnosis in September, I have had to take two additional short courses (3 days each) of the fluconazole when the thrush started to return. Since I am a long term CellCept user as well as a sometime Prednisone user, I was told this may be an ongoing problem. Something else to stay on top of! UGH.

Hope you feel better, soon.
Take care, Fran

Melissa D.
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   Posted 2/25/2016 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Fran,

I too am on Cellcept, Leflunomide and prednisone so I see your point. I'll give sleeping inclined a try as well, that's a good idea.


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