Lupus is the short name of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Not a few patients complain that they have shortness of breath with lupus. If you also have the same problem, you should not miss the diagnosis.
Get fact on Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. As a result, it can attack other organs or systems.
Your lungs, which are buried deep inside your chest with your ribs serving as a protective shield around them, can become a target of lupus. When this happens, serious problems can develop—even life-threatening ones in some cases. Shortness of breath is such a result. It happens even when you are just standing still.
Do not ignore this sign. If you breathe really difficult, do not waste any time. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
Causes of shortness of breath in Lupus patients
This autoimmune disease will cause inflammation throughout the body, and also inflames the lining around the lungs. If the actual lungs are infected, it is called lupus pneumonitis. When fluid build up between the lung and the lining of the chest, it is called pleural effusion, leading to shortness of breath.
Another cause may be kidney damaged caused by lupus, a conditon called Lupus Nephritis. When inflammation occurs on kidneys, it can impaired kidney function. As a result, excess fluid cannot be removed by the kidneys, and build up in the lungs. Therefore, shortness of breath can also be caused by kidney disease indirectly.
You should consult your doctor and do a kidney function test to exclude this factor. You can email you test report to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and our doctors are glad to give you some information related to diet or treatment. Please take care of yourself and you can get reply within 24 hours. Or you can contact with the online experts directly.