I was diagnosed with RA in August this year and currently taking Hydroxycloroquine and Methotrexate (15mg). Haven't yet got up to the recommended dose of 20mg due to a cough and chest infection that started at the beginning of September. Was first prescribed 5 days of antibiotics and did improve a lot but still had a lingering cough. Then came back again, green phlegm in the mornings etc but GP said my chest was clear. Rheum. nurse sent off a sputum sample (uggh!) but I've never heard anything in the 2 weeks since. Again started to feel a bit better, not coughing so much for 3 or 4 days and now it's back again! Green stuff as before. Really fed up of it and don't know where to turn. I'm wondering if it's the Methotrexate but Rheum. consultant says not. She says it's becauses my immune system is still busy attacking my joints that it's not fighting the infection. I don't actually have any pain or swelling in my joints at the moment.
Anybody else suffered a similar situation? or can give any advice? I hope I've explained it well enough but I didn't want to go on and on about it. Thanks everyone.