So a week after starting the Baricitinib I went down with a chest infection. This has since descended into pneumonia. I've had two courses of antibiotics and a shed load of steroids.
I'm struggling big time. So out of breath, feel like theres an elephant sat on my chest, feels like I'm breathing through a really small straw and I've been coughing up really dark and bloody yucky stuff (sorry for tmi) although not a lot of it at all, it seems like its too deep.
Gp has been in contact a lot but not been particularly helpful. All my numbers are good despite me feeling breathless and woozy. I've got the RA everywhere even in sternum so that was a suggestion but it feels very different.
Last year I was hospitalised with pneumonia but that was a swift decline. The consultant on the ward had decided it was due to RA before even seeing me and we had to fight to have a scan which showed the pneumonia. I'm desperate to stay out of hospital.
In August I ended up in A&E with chest pain (put down to side effects of sertraline which I'd just started) and anxiety (even though I said i didn't feel anxious).
I feel really ill but no one seems to be able to tell me why. My bloods show some infection but no blood clot. I haven't had a chest X-ray.
The gp said she'd refer to respiratory when I'm better but after being out of breath for 3weeks now I don't feel like I'm going to get better ever!
Anyone had any experience with this? What should i be asking?