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Can shortness of breath be from rheumatoid arthritis or lupus?

I have lupus since 2006. About 6 months ago I noticed shortness of breath when doing barn chores or walking up hill. I have had 2 stress test which shows all ok with heart & heart values. I also had a ct scan of my lungs which show nothing. Since I was dianosed in 2006 I have had bilateral knee replacement caused by osterosrthritis which I have had since my 20's. I am now 63. last year I was also told I have rheumatoid arthritis which has effected my ribs, anckles, & finger. My question is can the shortness of breath be from the rheumatoid arthritis or the lupus???
Wed, 26 Feb 2014
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Rheumatologist 's  Response
hi
yes shortness of breath can be from rheumatoid arthritis or from lupus both
these disease can leads to INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE or infection, which can cause shortness of breath
I advise you to go for PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST
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