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Chest Wall And Sternum Pain With Having Lupus Causes
Yes: It certainly can and chest pain from pleurisy (inflammation of the pleura or lining of the lungs) is one of the diagnostic criteria for lupus. Of course there are many reasons for chest pain in patients with and without lupus, so see your primary care physician for further evaluation. ...Read more
Waking up with left side chest pain tat radiates to my left back (under shoulder blade), what can this be caused by? 30yr. Female with lupus.
Chest pain in Lupus: Dear Lupi: Chest pain in a patient with lupus could be from the lungs or the heart. For example, Inflammation of the lung lining is called pleurisy which is a sharp pain and can radiate to the back. But there are also many other possibilities - the heart sac can be inflamed - called pericarditis and can present in the same way. You must see your physician for a thorough physical exam. Nisha ...Read more
Have had two strong heart flutters and afterwards have chest pain for few hours then goes away. Can lupus cause this symptom?
Palpitation, pain: Lupus can affect the heart, too. Please see your physician for an ECG and other testing as necessary today, if possible. If the symptoms recur, please go directly to the emergency room or call 911. ...Read more
If my lupus was in remissino (no inflammation present), would I still get muscle & pleuritic chest pain) tapering below 5mg? Is inflamm cause of pain?
No: If lupus is in remission you should not have symptoms of the disease and you should be able to taper off prednisone. It is very common to have Fibromyalgia with lupus. This may cause your chest pain and muscle pain. It requires a different treatment. Your rheumatologist can help you sort this out. ...Read more
Can lupus (I have lupus)cause acute sudden shortnesss of breath? I have no chest pain, no cough, not coughing anything up, just slight shortness of breath like I need to yawn to feel better-clear echo
Have lupus. Chest X-ray showed hyperinflated lungs the past few years but otherwise normal. Never smoked. Exercise. No sob but do get lightheaded. Cause?
See your rheumatolog: There are several sle related possibilities and numerous other causes for your sob. I would normally recommend a high resolution ct of the chest to look for interstitial lung disease and an echocardiogram to look for pulmonary artery hypertension. If you have leg swelling or anticardiolipin antibodies you should also be checked for a blood clot. If these are negative there are next steps. ...Read more
In lupus, what is likely cause of sharp chest pain I get sometimes during flares that worsens when I lean forward or inhale. Heart/lungs scans normal.?
Unclear: Lupus pts can get pericarditis - sharp chest pain which is worse with deep breath but improved by leaning forward/worse lying on your back. Alternatively, lupus pts also get myalgia (muscle pain) and arthralgia (joint pain, including of the rib cage) which can be worse with deep breath but wouldn't change much with different position. Heart and lung scans would be normal for all of these. ...Read more
Just dx w/lupus doc put me on steroids which I quit due to the hip pain it cause me some chest pain at times bp 155/105 joint pain low fever at times?
Always lighthead, chest pain, palpitations. Both X-ray & CT showed slight enlarged pulmonary artery. Had echo 4possible pulm hypertension. If echo results are normal, is my artery not cause? I have lupus.
Yes: Yes. Chest pain in lupus can come from many different causes. Pleuritis, chest pain due to inflammation of the tissue surrounding the lung, is a diagnostic criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus. Patients with lupus can also get indigestion, pneumonia, blood clots, heart disease etc. That also cause chest pain. ...Read more
Lupus ANA homogenous 1:649, speckled 1:120. Chronic flares pain. Mainly chest region. Pain disturbs function daily! Could this be lupus?
I'm 37 female have chest pain when moving and in general feel poorly I have sle lupus id this part of its overall sysmtoms?
Lupus: If you have been formally diagnosed as having lupus by a physician, it is not unusual to have pleurisy and fatigue. Pleurisy is the inflammation of the lining of the lung, and can be quite painful. Treatment of the pleurisy follows treatment of your lupus. Your rheumatologist should be able to adjust your medications to reflect your worsening symptoms. ...Read more
My daughter started with pnumonia and now has chest pain and also a rash on her chest, could this be lupus?
As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis?
Just Dx wit lupus have elev CRP. Upper left chest pains and upper left back. The pain is beginning on both sides and total upper back. Pneumonia?
My mom has advanced lupus. Lately her blood pressure has been really high along with chest pain. Help?
Lupus Nephropathy: I would have mom see her physician. Often, lupus can play a major rule in kidney failure either through the disease process itself ka lupus nephrtis, or caused by side effects of medications. As you know, lupus is a systemic problem. It cause several problems glomerulo -nephritis, IgA nephropathy rapidly progressive gn. She needs anti hypertensives such as Lasix (furosemide) or ace inhib. ...Read more
Could a chronic cough be one of the biggest symptoms in someone with lupus? Even with a clear chest x-ray?
My mom has advanced lupus. Lately her blood pressure has been really high and she's had chest pain. Will she be pkay?
Can you have a malar rash on your chest and back? I do not have it on my face. I have several other features of lupus.
Malar on the face: The malar rash is specific for the face, other rashes are also associated with lupus. Depending on your symptoms, best is to consult a rheumatologist for proper diagnosis. A skin biopsy, if in doubt, can also elucidate some of these rashes. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my mom has lupus. & its really advanced, lately her blood pressure has been really high along with chest pain?
Complicated: Your excellent question is far too complex to address here as it involves her overall general health and the interactions of all her medicines, kidney function, and results of her tests. Please discuss your concerns with her rheumatologist or primary care doctor. If that isn't satisfactory, consider a second opinion. You live 4.5 miles from Boston: Mass General, Brigham & Womens - best around! ...Read more
My bones & joints ache all the time... My chest hurts sometimes, too. My mom has lupus and I'm afraid I might have it. Idk what to do.?
How do you detect pneumonitis in lupus patients? How is it treated? I went to the ER for sob, chest x-ray, echo, CT chest, d-dimer, CBC and bmp and it all came good. I feel I have"air hunger." I also have p.O.T.S. There has been no answer.
Lupus pneumonitis: Pneumoniitis isvinflammation with in the lung itself. It is not uncommon in lupus patients. It can be caused by auto immune basis and also by viruses, bacteria and fungi either by themselves or in conjunction with lupus and or from lowered immunity due to meds used in lupus. Diagnosis is by cxr, ct scan and at times by bronchoscpy with cultures etc. Treatment is directed against cause. ...Read more
7 yr s of unexpland body pain rashes misscarraiges fatigue lung nodules. Now for 6 mos strait hip shoulder + chest pain. And a + ANA lab. Lupus?
Maybe: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. ANA is only a screening test that tells us more tests are needed. See a rheumatologist! ...Read more
My pulmonary artery was sightly enlarged on chest X-ray & CT (having chest pain, dizziness).Echo showed I do not have pulm htn. Should I be concerned of arteryll? 'm being treated for ctd, likely lupus
No, but follow: It is not a big deal if you do not have plum a. Htn (pah). You may just have a generously sized pulm. A. However, since you are on treatment for a rheumatologic problem, you should follow up every year with a cardiologist for a repeat echo to evaluate for pah and any other problems related to your ctd. Echo is much better than ct as there's no radiation and it's an exam of the heart at work.... ...Read more
Chronic reacurring body aches, severe pain in back and chest with shortness of breath. Letting up then get "attacks", lupus? What else? What tests?
See a rheumatologist: The symptoms are too general to answer specifically. You need to consult with a rheumatologist who will then order tests appropriate for your symptoms and physical exam. ...Read more
I have sjogrens/lupus. When do I need to call my rheum about a small sore on my leg and one on my chest?
Call your rheum doc: Rashes can occur in sjogren's syndrome. If the sore has been there for more than a week and is not healing, or appears infected (pus, tender, red), call your rheumatologist. Based on your particular sjogren's (or lupus?) and medications, he/she may want you to see them or just go to your primary care doctor to have it checked out. If you are worried about it, at least call your regular doctor. ...Read more