I have a history of lupus and Raynaud's phenomenon, but I currently experience breathing difficulties along with extreme tiredness. Kindly help.

Q. What could be the reason for breathing difficulties, and extreme tiredness in a patient with a past medical history of lupus, Raynaud's phenomenon, and migraines?

Answered by
Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 07, 2023 and last reviewed on: Aug 07, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 29 year old. I have a past medical history of lupus, Raynaud's phenomenon, and migraines. Since being diagnosed with lupus, I have been having difficulty breathing and it was found that I have tachycardia which the doctor is treating me with Metoprolol. Metoprolol helps with shortness of breath when I am at rest but once I start doing things like brushing my teeth or getting dressed I feel out of breath and sometimes become sweaty the more I move around. I have been extremely tired and it is getting increasingly worse over the months. I have done several imaging and laboratory tests and the doctors do not have an answer for the probable reason behind this. I also have the lupus anticoagulant. I am worried because I keep getting worse, along with breathing issues. I am holding a weight in my abdomen area despite eating healthy and exercising within my limits. My toes turn blueish purple a lot more than usual. I used to run miles for exercise but since being diagnosed with lupus and developing breathing difficulty I become out of breath walking less than 100 feet. I have a right cardiac catheterization scheduled for next month but I am wondering if anything can be determined from my laboratory tests and images right now before the catheterization. Thank you.


Hello doctor,

I understand your problem. You have done a series of tests about your disease. Reports are inconclusive. You have to undergo a right heart catheterization. Based on the results further course of treatment may be initiated. Till then you continue the treatment as suggested by your local doctor. Thank you.

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