Just wondering if this can be part of RA? Or anther autoimmune disease?
There are times when I find it difficult if not impossible to get a good deep breath especially when I'm lying down. My chest has a heavy feel to it. It happens throughout the day though too. At these times I take these gasping deep breaths every once in awhile - not consciously doing it though. (I've had people at work ask me if I'm ok, I said yes why and they said oh just the breath you were taking.) During these periods, I've also woken up because I'm gasping for a breath. It's not one gasping breath after another, it's just every so often. Now this is scary when it's happened but it doesn't really last more than say 4 days or so at a time. I think it may be autoimmune related just because it comes and goes with flairs or weather/season changes - I think maybe. I've mentioned it to my rheumy but didn't really get a comment. I've had a chest x-ray a few years ago and it did not show any problems.
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