... 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
Just wondering if you have ever tried taking diphenhydramine just once a day, maybe for a week when you go to bed at night. Diphenhydramine,(Benadryl). It is know as a top line over the counter antihistamine, and it is a sleep aid, but it has other effects, including its own side effects. I found it helped me with some problems when I just took it once a day for a week or so, and then occaionally. I'm not kidding this is a sort of wonder drug for me.
Now if you find this helpful, maybe give me a helpful mark, as I have answered 15 questions and not a single helpful feed back to me.
I have had a problem which was leading to fibromyalgia, muscle pain and weakness, and breakthrough esophageal pain. The diphenhydramine has resulted in improvement that is highly noticeable. I have enough problems still with my back and esophagus but getting rid much of the fibromyalgia has helped. I think by eosinophilic esophagitis was kicking out too many white blood cell defensive compounds and I believe that the diphendyramine resulted in a reduction in the allergic sort of response by those ee white blood cells which are not supposed to be in the lining of the esophagus in nornmal circumstances.
First, if you smoke, you need to seriously entertain quitting. If you are prone to lung infections there are some out there not as serious as others. Depending on what you are already on, of course.
My Dad is 77 and he was a pretty light smoker and he had no problems at all with Methotrexate... (he finally quit, yeah!!! ).
I was bitten (gr?) by a spider about 20 years ago and have been hospitalized 5 times with infections and have serious lymphadema (sp?) and I have had great success, and not one re-occurance, and I take Methotrexate, Plaquenil and Enbrel injections.
I try very hard to stay away from WebMD and such sites because I am mentally shopping for just the right dress to be buried in because I just know by the end of a day trolling disease sites Im gonna die of some dreaded something.
Good Luck and hopefully your Rhuemy is a good one and will do whatever he/she can to help you achieve a better normal.
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