I do. I have asthma and feel that it has worsened since my diagnosis almost 10 years ago. I have had several bouts of pleurisy and my breathing always feels compromised. It hasn’t been addressed by my rheumatologist, even though I’ve mentioned it many times.
Anyone who has a lung issue should see a board certified pulmonologist. One should not assume it's related to RA.
I have COPD and asthma. Sometimes they SEEM to be worse than before.......but the reality is that I'm getting older and so are my lungs. 😀
I understand the need for a referral. My statement was really directed at a comment that suggested one ask the doctor if s/he thought a specialist was needed (as if one was questioning whether the family doctor felt the lung problem was bad enough....) . I would make sure I got that referral. Lungs are nothing to mess with.
Erin Rush Admin
, I hope you can get a quick referral (if you're needing one right now)! I know from personal experience that those wait times for appointments with specialists (even with a doctor's referral) can be significant. Best, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.