Hi all, I'm hoping some of you might be able to shed some light on this for me.
I've had shortness of breath since nov 2013 and have been diagnosed with interstitisl lung disease. I also suffer a lot from enthesitis pain, currently diagnosed as psoriatic arthritis.
I've always put chest pain by my sternum and under my left shoulder blade down to enthesitis, but now I'm not so sure. I've been monitoring my heart rate and at rest it can be anywhere between 74-118. Ive also had periods of feeling clammy and faint only to notice my heart racing at 135....this can be just sitting down so I'm not sure what causes it. I've also nearly passed out before when it suddenly dropped to 61.
I'm seeing my rheumatologist on Monday with a list of symptoms as long as my arm. I started keeping a journal of all my minor or intermittent symptoms to help push for a lupus diagnosis. I've stopped waiting to be asked the right questions....I've never been asked about anything but the pain since I was initially diagnosed with RA. Ive had a negative ANA several times, but I still feel that lupus explains so much.
Do any of you have heart issues from lupus similar to what I've described? Should I be discussing this with my rheumy or pushing my GP for a different diagnosis?
Thanks for any advice you can give and sorry about the long post!