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Chest Wall And Sternum Pain With Having Lupus Causes
What can be done for chronic chest wall pain, that spreads from my sternum (front) to my levator scapula and rhomboids (back)?
I presume heart ....: Problems & lung problems have been ruled out. If so, it sounds like its either costochondritis (inflammation of the cartilage) &/or muscular. If no contraindications, you can take ibuprofen. Consider seeing physical therapist for ultrasound treatment & possible exercises. But know yhat cartilage is one of the slowest healing tissues in the body, so it may take some time. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My chest wall has just recently become protruding toward the upper part of my sternum, it feels hard & i know its not my shoulder bones. Any ideas?
May be normal: There is a natural bump about 3 finger breaths below the thoracic inlet ( the notch at the top of the chest below your adam's apple). This is entirely normal and may feel more prominent to you if you haven't noticed it before. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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