2. Breathing Trouble

If you have RA you’re at a higher risk for scarring of the tissues in the lungs. So see your doctor right away if you have a cough that won’t go away or you’re short of breath during normal activities. You may need to start meds for rheumatoid arthritis.

If you have a hard time getting your breath and can’t figure out why, maybe RA is to blame. Some people with the disease, especially men who smoke or used to smoke, are more likely to get serious lung problems. When RA inflammation causes scar tissue to form in your lungs, you might notice chronic cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and weakness. RA may inflame the tissue that lines your lungs. That can lead to shortness of breath or pain or discomfort when you breathe. See your doctor right away if you have unusual breathing problems or a cough that won’t go away.

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