I've been diagnosed with this recently, I'm looking for anyone here in the BLF group with the same diagnosis, or any of the connective tissue disease subsets, or the lung disease subsets that all seem so connected. I'm new at all this, though I've had asthma since childhood which I think has only disguised what was really going on as every time I complained of being breathless or chest pains it's been put down to asthma. I was also hospitalised two years ago with methotrexate poisoning and damage to the lungs, I wonder if the ra was actually already affecting the lungs? My asthma had never been uncontrolled until a few years before I was diagnosed with RA. To me I now am aware of the differences, asthma is the wheeze, worse on the exhale and has a productive cough, where the ra affects me with crackles in my breathing, dry cough, feels like I cannot breathe in deeply, if I do I get pain in lung bases. ..I keep being given asthma treatment and my pulmonary consultant seems keen to consider it all asthma, though the radiologist saw rheumatoid changes in both lungs, the asthma meds (I probably wouldn't be ok without them) but I don't feel they relieve the other symptoms much. Which meds are you all using for the ILD?
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