I am 58 years old and have had pain the past 20 years or so. Was diagnosed with RA last year. I thought RA attacked one part of your body since the word arthritis was in there. The rhemu doc did not inform me very well. This past winter I had pneumonia and flu at the same time. I am still battling chronic cough. Standing up and night time is the worse on my cough. Stairs also is bad on the cough. Feels like my right lung fills with fluid. Also developed two lumps under my right armpit. Doctors ran all kinds of test for cancers. All have come back negative thank goodness. Still have one more batch of blood work waiting on. How do you tell if the lumps under the armpits and chronic cough could be RA symptoms. I have a hard time maintaining weight loss because of flattened pituitary gland from fluid on the brain back in early 2000. So I get the doctors gripe that everything is my fault cause I won't make a attempt to lose weight. I am on no medication for RA. Only pain med I take is ibruprophen. I take topamax for migraines and meclizine for chronic vertigo. The rhemu doctor ran blood work and that is how found out I have RA. Have Degenerated Disk Disease in my neck and lower back.
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