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Fibromyalgia, SLE lupus, weight gain, shortness of breath, heaviness in ribcage, suspected to be sliding hiatal hernia. Suggestions?

I am 54 yr old, I am 5 ft 3 in tall. I have fybromyalgia and SLE Lupus . I have gain about 23 IL over the last 6 mo, I don t know why, except I have been feeling bad and been under alot of stress . My stomach is alful looking it s like it just blowed up too. I am retaining fluid, I work at a desk sitting down for 9 hr a day. I have many ups and downs with all my problems of course. This big stomach and being short of breathe is a big worry for me. I get short of breathe doing anything, but it comes and goes. The dr check my oxygen level with the thing on my finger it s always 98 per cent,which is great. I am very worried about this. I bend over or when I lay down, or if I try to walk, anything I feel like there is a football in my rib cage. My clothes feel like they are cutting me in half all the time. I have been told I have a sliding hiatial hernia . I have lots of trouble with GERD also. I am concerned about this big stomach and the breathing. I want to loose about 25 lbs but it s hard to do anything . Can you please give me advise.
Asked On : Fri, 11 Jan 2013
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Thanks for the query

The feeling of bloating and weight gain are probably due to the steroids which would have been prescribed to you by your physician for the SLE. Tee feeling of tiredness could also be attributable to the SLE. Please go back to your physician and find out if the dose of steroids can be reduced as you are very symptomatic.

For the GERD and hiatus hernia I recommend the following

1. Avoid smoking and alcohol
2. Avoid sleeping immediately after dinner
3. Avoid spicy food
4. Avoild milk and milk products
5. Do not engage in bending exercises

I hope I was of help

Answered: Mon, 30 Dec 2013
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