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Breathing or lung issues and RA

Does anyone have any experience with breathing or lung issues and RA?

  1. while you wait for others to share their experiences, I thought you may find this article informative on the more common lung diseases associated with RA https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/medical-conditions-occurring-along-with-ra/lung-diseases. If you are currently experiencing breathing issues, I would encourage you to reach out to your doctor, if you haven't already. Hoping you are well. All my best, Julie (team member)


    1. I have not. But it is a real thing. Here is a nice recent and overarching paper about these issues......................... rick


      https://academic.oup.com/rheumatology/article/58/11/2031/5489339?login=true

      1. 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.

        1. 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. 😀

          1. 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.


          2. , 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.

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