Welcome to our forum PatricaS and TracyMI (I like the MI Tracy)! I'm 59 y/o was diagnosed with SLE 2005 which started with depression and neurological symptoms. I developed angina a couple of years ago. I was given Nitrostat for the times I have chest pains, but because of a resulting migraine that ended at the ER I can't take it. I had pain in my chest and left arm 2 nights ago and just waited until it ended.
Anyway, your posts interested me so I did some reading in "The Lupus Book" by Dr. Daniel Wallace. I recommend this book to all Lupies. Patricia you meet only 3 criteria for SLE, alopecia, high anti-DS DNA and positive anticardiolipin antibody. Usually one must meet 4 criteria to be diagnosed, but with your history I can see why your rheumy went with the diagnosis. Tachycardia is a feature of active Lupus resulting from inflammation. Heart valve disorders are also found in SLE and Tracy chest pain is a common feature of SLE.
Patrica I'm proud of you for continuing to run. I was a runner for 20 years, but stopped because of Lupus joint pain. Now I can't go for walks because I have practically no cartilage in my right knee. I'm so sorry that both of you ladies have such serious heart problems and I hope you are able to keep it all controlled. ❤️ Love, Butterflakey
SLE '05, Sjogren's, Fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, anxiety; CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency); IVIG and Benlysta infusions monthly; Hypertension; Osteoarthritis of the spine, right knee, fingers, toes; Bursitis right hip; Osteoporosis, CNS problems, GERD, angina, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry