Short of breath, very often cannot finish a yawn and food won't move through stomach

SandySandy Member New Member

Is it common to feel like my lungs won't expand all the way, even with a low CRP level and food in my stomach more than 12 hours later?  And what can I do about it?

I was diagnosed with systemic lupus, polymyositis, and possibly mixed connective tissue disease. My CRP blood test was low.  I figured the pulmonary function test would show negative, even though my internal medicine doctor believes that I do have official inflammation in various areas.  That's what I believe also.  This CRP blood test was low, even though I show symptoms of inflammation in various organs and have so much trouble with them, including my limbs, etc.  Because I'm not having severe acute attacks, some doctors don't know what to do with my test results.

I am being treated for chronic Lyme disease again, parasites, and will begin candida treatment again.  My echocardiogram heart test showed a "trivial" mitral valve regurgitation now and "trivial" inflammation I think.  An abdominal ultrasound showed that after more than 12 hours, there was still food in my stomach, but the doctor said the abdominal ultrasound was normal. ??

Thank you for any insight you can provide.



  • masoosmasoos Member New Member
    edited November 2020
    Hello Sandy,
    I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus about 20 tears ago. About 15 years ago I started experiencing abdominal discomfort, nausea,  and feeling like I was unable to take a deep breath. After having an endoscopy procedure it was discovered my pyloric sphincter was not functioning as it should. This led to a gastric emptying study and a diagnosis of gastroparesis. Basically that means your stomach is not passing the digested food so it sits in there creating more bile, and this causes varying degrees of discomfort, fullness, and nausea.I was told by the Gastroenterologist  that this is not uncommon with Lupus patients. The medication for it can have severe side effects so instead, I deal with it by eating small intermittent meals. The gastroparesis comes and goes, and after 15 years I now only have a severe flare up of it about once every 6 to 8 weeks. I would suggest asking a gastroenterologist for a gastric emptying study. I hope this information helps!
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