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Old 01-12-2006, 06:49 PM   #1
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NortheastNik HB User
Pain when breathing

Hi everyone,
I was diagnosed with SLE in 2001 but I had it for much longer. The ANA was positive with a speckled pattern, a C reactive protein was elevated as was a sed rate. The main problems are intermittent and include joint pain, fatigue, IC treated with DMSO, muscle pain, malaise and one time in the 1990s I lost quite a bit of hair which grew back. Since I have been dealing with this since 1995 I usually treat problems with NASIDS or rest and I treat them myself. Lately, a new issue has occured. It hurts like hell when I breathe. It feels heavy like when I was a smoker ( quit) and smoked too many cigaretts and it is painful. Should I see a doctor over this or is it one of those intermittent lupus issues that will resolve with NASAIDS or on its own. Its been going on for about 3 months.

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Old 01-12-2006, 06:58 PM   #2
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Re: Pain when breathing

Hi there,

Perhaps it is costochondritis? This is an imflammation of the cartilage between the ribs that alot of folks with lupus experience.

p.s. what are IC and DMSO? thanks
Susan, aka handmade_n
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Old 01-22-2006, 08:51 PM   #3
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Re: Pain when breathing

Hi Nik-
I agree. This could very well be costochondritis OR many other things (pleurisy, or a whole host of other lupus complications). Seems like 3 months is long enough to suffer with this.
I say, be on the safe side and tell your rheumy!

Be well and good luck!

Old 01-30-2006, 11:20 PM   #4
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Re: Pain when breathing

yup I get that the joints in my ribs swell around the breast bone area and it hurts and i was put on nsaids to bring down the swelling I was also told there was a viral infection in the area .take care and get well Jenny

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