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shortness of breath and rheumatoid arthritis?


Posted by riccil

 

I have recently been diagnosed with RA. I have just taken my second dose of methatrexate. I hear good and bad, and am just waiting to see for my self. I am concerned with the shortness of breath. Anyone else notice this, or can shed any light. It seems to worsen as the day goes on. I can not move in the mornings and can't breath in the evenings.

How much longer till I can get on top of this?

 
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I have had that for about 20 years.  It has improved after my misdiagnosis (for 15+ years I was dx'd w/lupus, RA, Sjogren's) was found to be actually Lyme and other tick-borne diseases (TBDs).  Since being treated for Lyme and other TBDs my RA and breathing issues have improved.  I showed up as NOT having Lyme on multiple ELISA Lyme tests, but when tested by Igenex w/their Western Blot Lyme tests it was discovered that I, indeed, had Lyme and TBDs. My Lyme literate MD (LLMD) has helped me immensely.  I have been sick for over 50 years and it was Lyme all this time. I do have RA but that, too, was Lyme-induced. I worry about lupus, RA, MS, Chronic Fatigue patients have all been misdiagnosed and are receiving the very wrong treatments. I was on steroids for years and those all made everything worse.

 I hope you are certain that you have RA only. The "air hunger" is a typical Lyme symptom.  Good luck.

Methotrexate can act as an antigen and cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis which can present with breathlessness...
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