I am wondering if you are on any medication like Plaquenil or any perscription NSAID's. I hear you about the doctors not wanting to dispense pain medications, but if you are having pain when you breath, that sounds like Pleuresy. You do need to call the doctor about this big time. Maybe they can put you on a low dose of Prednisone. I know that when I have severe joint pain, the doctor gives me a steroid shot into the affected joint and that helps a lot. As far as a diet, I really don't know of anything special. There are some others that come in here that may have an answer to that for you. I hope that you get to feeling better and you do have the right to call your doctor.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.