Hi, I am new to this platform and have been diagnosed since October 2020. I have been smoking since I was 15. I know smoking will make my RA worse, I truly do understand this. I am trying to quit smoking. Can anyone share their experiences on how smoking made their RA worse. I need to hear stories to push me into trying harder....please help, currently the addiction is still over powering me. Thank you.
Can anyone help - I need to stop smok... - FieryBones - RA C...
FieryBones - RA Community
In many respects I am very lucky (although reading my profile you might not think so) I’m 72 and never smoked!
I have had RA for 40 years and have fought it the whole time. RA buggers your immune system and likewise some of the drugs do as well. That means without smoking your lungs are likely to be effected by the drugs. If you get pneumonia or similar (covid) it attacks your lungs. Just over a year ago I was in ICU, for quite some time, and now I have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis caused by icu trauma / pneumonia/ RA drugs especially MTX and probably steroids.
If I had been a smoker I don’t think I would be here now!