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How can rheumatoid arthritis cause trouble breathing?

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Some people with RA, 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.

From: 10 RA Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore WebMD Medical Reference

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The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms,” “Side Effects of Biologic Medications.”

Emergency Medicine Journal : “The emergency room in systemic rheumatic diseases.”

Listing, J., Gerhold, K., Zink, A. ). Published online November 2012. Rheumatology (Oxford

Mayo Clinic: “Diverticulitis,” “Rheumatoid arthritis: Can if affect the eyes?” “Rheumatoid Arthritis: Overview,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can it affect the lungs?” “Sjogren’s syndrome: Overview.”

Journal of Aging Research : “Benefits of Exercise in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gastrointestinal Problems in Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “How RA Inflammation Affects Your Heart,” “The Arthritis-Depression Connection.”

American Heart Association: “What is Pericarditis?”

The Rheumatologist: “Scleritis Often Diagnosed by Ophthalmologists, But Rheumatologists Help Determine Systemic Causes.”

Rheumatology : “The risk of infections associated with rheumatoid arthritis, with its comorbidity and treatment.”

The Open Rheumatology Journal : “Is Hearing Impairment Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis? A Review.”

National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association: “What Is Fibromyalgia?”

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: “The Foot and Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Maedica: “Gastrointestinal Manifestations in Systemic Autoimmune Diseases.”

Medscape: “Colitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Vasculitis Foundation: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 03, 2018

SOURCES:

The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms,” “Side Effects of Biologic Medications.”

Emergency Medicine Journal : “The emergency room in systemic rheumatic diseases.”

Listing, J., Gerhold, K., Zink, A. ). Published online November 2012. Rheumatology (Oxford

Mayo Clinic: “Diverticulitis,” “Rheumatoid arthritis: Can if affect the eyes?” “Rheumatoid Arthritis: Overview,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can it affect the lungs?” “Sjogren’s syndrome: Overview.”

Journal of Aging Research : “Benefits of Exercise in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gastrointestinal Problems in Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “How RA Inflammation Affects Your Heart,” “The Arthritis-Depression Connection.”

American Heart Association: “What is Pericarditis?”

The Rheumatologist: “Scleritis Often Diagnosed by Ophthalmologists, But Rheumatologists Help Determine Systemic Causes.”

Rheumatology : “The risk of infections associated with rheumatoid arthritis, with its comorbidity and treatment.”

The Open Rheumatology Journal : “Is Hearing Impairment Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis? A Review.”

National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association: “What Is Fibromyalgia?”

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: “The Foot and Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Maedica: “Gastrointestinal Manifestations in Systemic Autoimmune Diseases.”

Medscape: “Colitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Vasculitis Foundation: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 03, 2018

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