... Disc Disease almost 10 years ago, with some form of arthritis. In July, after years of believing otherwise, they diagnosed RA. I will see the Rheumatologist in January and I am nervous. As an asthmatic, I have had annual bouts of bronchitis or pneumonia and when I read about RA drugs, they all have warnings of increased lung infections, etc. So far what I have read says that they like to start treatment early to minimize deformity from RA. I sort of doubt it is early for me, since I am 56 and have been suffering from the symptoms for close to 20 years. I am just looking for any words of wisdom, anyone with asthma have problems associated with RA drugs? Any insights would be greatly appreciated. Thanks