pghchick84 Posted August 17, 2016 Share Posted August 17, 2016 Hi everyone, I don't have an official diagnosis of any kind at the moment, but I thought this might be a good place to discuss what I'm going through and hopefully find a way to turn my brain off a little bit. I've had a persistent pain in the right side of my back, under my right shoulderblade and on/under my ribs near the middle of my back on the right side, for about 2 years now. About 3-4 months ago, I developed a dry, hacking cough that hasn't produced any mucus or anything in the time that I've had the cough and hasn't improved in that time, either. I have lupus, so for a while, I passed the back pain off as lupus-related, and both my lupus doc and my PCP said it could be costochondritis. After I started getting a tightness in the front-right part of my chest, I asked my lupus doctor to give me a scrip to get an X-ray or other test done, to rule out any issues. I ended up getting a chest X-ray done last week, which showed that I had mild hyperinflation; I'm supposed to get tested for an alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and follow up with a pulmonologist (which I'm planning to do at the end of September, which was the earliest I could get an appointment). I've been concerned that the pain in my back and then the cough (which now has the added benefit of my being slightly short of breath when walking up stairs or talking at length) might be something more serious, but, after I Googled the alpha-1 antitrypsin test because I wasn't sure what it was, I'm freaking out that there really could be a more serious problem than just chronic bronchitis or my asthma getting worse. I may be overreacting and it may be nothing at all (I hope this is the case), but can anyone tell me if they had a similar experience or if I have anything to worry about? I've never been a smoker and have lupus and mild asthma, which almost never acts up and is controlled by a rescue inhaler when it does (my PCP gave me a steroid inhaler and a 7-day dose of Prednisone about a month ago, neither of which helped at all), so right now, I'm sort of having an anxiety attack. Apologies for the lengthy post, thanks in advance for any responses. Diana Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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