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    Anyone have RA and lung problems
    Patti45 posted:
    I spent sunday at the hospital with shotness of breath and chest presure that I have been having for over 5 weeks. I amj now booked into the pulmonary care center and was given prednisone 50 mg x 5 days and an aero chamber , flovent and ventolin when I left the hospital . The doc at emerg after having the resopiratory team check me out stated that have I have obstruction in my lungs and most likely inflamation in or around them. I am RA positive but have been waiting almost a year to see a rheumatologist..I would like to know if any of you have or do have lung symptoms and tell me bout your experience . Thanks Patti
    allie_bf responded:
    I have occasional bouts of pleuritic pain, mostly when I am having a generalized flare shortly after a cold or other respiratory problem (e.g. bronchitis or pneumonia.) I also have mild asthma so I suppose it's not too surprising that I have respiratory problems with my RA. So far, I have always been able to manage with short bursts of prednisone and inhalers, and have never had to be in the hospital for this. The prednisone "kills two birds with one stone," so to speak: fixing both the joint pain, and the chest pain.

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