So after a pretty rough 6 months it turns out I have RA. It’s been a steep learning curve and thanks to a great consultant, a couple of steroid jabs, and a prescription of DMARDs the joint pain is pretty much under control. I just get an occasional “reminder” from my wrists and feet.
HOWEVER this whole thing started in May with a pain in my chest. This has been diagnosed as a pleural effusion ( I understand this is the new name for pleurisy).
After 2 courses of antibiotics and living with shortness of breath for what seems like a lifetime the lung is still not right.
I’ve visited the pleural unit at hospital twice now and they don’t seem too worried about it. So my question is........Is this pleurisy connected to my RA and if so when can I expect my lung to recover in the same way my joints have? This pain in my chest every time I want to take a deep breath is getting a bit boring now!
Thank you in advance for any answers/comments.