Pluerisy and RA connection??

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so very tired
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   Posted 7/11/2010 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have yet another sinus infection -my third since being on humira. This one combined with the recent heat wave- brought me to Doctor for a breathing treatment for my asthma. I have had asthma for 5-6 years. My chest never hurt as much as it did yesterday. it was different kind of pain. The doctor said I have Pluerisy (? spelling) It is an inflamation of the lining of the lung. She asked me when do I see my RA doc next,,,
I said next week,. She said I should mention the pleurisy to her. Does anyone know if there is a connection with RA and Pluerisy? She put me on antibiotics and good old prednisone..
So the prednisone will help my asthma, my pluerisy and of course my RA..

I am currently only on Humira It seems to have given me the most relief of all meds so far. I still have pain but the swelling is visably MUCH less. I am due for a shot today but now with infection and antibiotic I can not take shot....but even after just 2 days of prednisone I feel some noticable relief Man why can't prednisone be safe/long term. Last time I was on it a long time and had eye problems. AARRGHGH@@

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   Posted 7/11/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Pluerisy can be caused by the RA or by alergins and infection or a combination.
RA affecting the lining of the heart and lungs is/are among the most dangerous of the complications of RA.

so very tired
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   Posted 7/11/2010 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
wow this sounds scary... guess I will have alot to dicuss/discover on friday's appt w/ my Rheumy.

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   Posted 7/12/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope you feel better and get over your infection quickly!

so very tired
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   Posted 7/12/2010 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I am feelign better.. Prednisone is doing its job. I actually feel real good with RA pain minimal.. I had a long busy day of accomplishment today becuase I was not so stiff /sore/ or swollen..I was able to get thiNGS done been puttign off Hurrah..

I have not had to take any pain meds since being on the Pred. No ice packs at the end of the day.

I wish we could stay on it forever, its all that has really worked for me. but last time I had to come off it becuasse my eye pressure was elevated due to the longtern use.

Oh well, enjoy it while it last

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   Posted 7/12/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
So very tired,
Hello my name is Lori,
I have R.A and have had it about 6 years or so. I have had pleurisy many times. In 06-07 I had pleurisy, pericarditis, myocarditis all at the same time. It lasted me about a year. I mean I was pretty sick for a year and bed bound for three months with all of this. June 09 til about 2 months ago i had pleurisy again but it seems to last me months. I have cancer and when I started chemo I still had pluerisy. I dont believe i have it now but now I have had radiation on the chestwall and it giving me 2nd degree burns and ended up in the hospital for 5 days with copd. I was always short of breath and always sweated very badly..especially at night. And then the heart heartrate got into the 200's. Prednisone is the only thing that will help it and time to heal. I have been on prednisone for 4 1/2 years non stop. They will not let me get off them because I end up very ill if i even try. Please if you have any questions feel free to asak away. Many hugs sent your way and prayers for you to have a full speedy recovery.
 Diagnosis: Fibro-05, RA-06, Pleurisy -11/06, Pericarditis -12/06, Myocarditis-1/07, Myositis-1/07. Feltys Syndrome-07, Mitral Valve Prolapse -1/07, Heart Murmur -1/07, Sinus Tachycardia-07, IBS-92, Anxiety, Depression, insomnia: 
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