Hello, I am looking for someone who is in the same boat I am in I need some answers. I have a RA for over 15 yrs. now. My doc says my rheumatoid factor should be less than 14, mine is 248. I have tried all the meds, remicade, humira, arava, etc. My problem now is the nodules that I have on my elbows, fingers etc, have now gone to my lungs. My latest cat scan show ILD interstitial lung disease. I have severe shortness of breath, a cough, fatigue, headaches and muscle weakness. My doc put me on 60mg prednisone, however the side effects were to much and I am now only on 10mgs. Has any one had this problem and if so are taking something else. Lung doc wants to put me on Imuran but RA doc says no. I have my next Cat scan in a few days and depending on results I will have to have an open lung biopsy. Any help greatly appreciatedView Thread
I am sorry to hear about you having RA. I have had it for over 15 yrs now. Be careful as to what meds you take since they all come with a price. They help the RA but may damage your stomach, lungs, etc. I have recently been told I have interstitial lung disease which the doc believes is caused by my RA, but also can be caused by humira, and methotrexate. Nothing can reverse it, but steroids, which I cant tolerate in high dosages, are used to slow it down. I have handled this disease for a long time and with meds been able to do almost everything I want. Take the meds such do your research. Good luckView Thread
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