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Sister Sister
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 7/15/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?  My sister's leg was steadily improving and we were both so encouraged....and then late in the day on Sunday (or was it Monday?) something else started happening and is getting worse.  I am having trouble keeping up with when everything is happening.  One thing gets better (or almost) and another immediately sets in.  She is hurting on both sides (toward her back, in the rib area), but worse on the right side.  She hurts when she turns over, raises her arms, reaches down or inhales.  She has no fever.  She does have a productive cough (and coughing is very difficult...as in also painful).  I have checked pnuemonia and pleurisy symptoms, but both mention fever and dry cough.  I have found where RA can affect lungs (??).  Could it be the mtx??  I am thinking she needs to get admitted to the hospital for observation until all this craziness gets better under control.  Am I wrong?  I really do not think a single doctor has understood what all she is really dealing with...nor what this is doing to her mentally.  Advice...please! 

sjkly
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 2113
   Posted 7/15/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The symptoms of mtx lung problems also include a dry rather than productive cough. She needs to be seen though. She needs to know what is causing the cough before she can safely take the mtx since you are not supposed to take mtx if you have an infection. Besides-there is no reason for her to be miserable-get a doctor to check her out properly and get her something to help her feel better.
JMO.
Sj

Sister Sister
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 7/15/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Sj. I want soooo much to get on here and post some really good news one of these days soon. No. I want my SISTER to be able to do that. She has been miserable for 6-1/2 months! How do you ever get the doctors to REALLY listen?!?!? Her latest one has great credentials and helped a bunch with her knee problems, but I really do not think she's getting the overall picture either. I think we are all at wit's end...................
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