Can anyone please, PLEASE respond to this & help me? I have both RA & OA as well as thyroid issues & Sjogren's. All RA meds prescribed thus far have resulted in bad side effects so my rheumatologist wants me to try Humira. Back in October it was discovered that I have a nodule in my right lung. Further tests ruled our cancer, & the oncologist & a pulmonologist have told me it's probably nothing, it could be a nodule caused by RA, &/or it is caused by fungus. It began as 11 mm, went down to 6.5 mm in January, & in April it was 8 mm. There is a "warning" on the Humira insert to tell your doctor if you live or have lived in the Ohio River Valley because several types of fungus are present in this area. I moved here in June of 2016 & the mysterious nodule was discovered in October. When I met with the pulmonologist, he indicated that I have asthma which is most likely environmental since I did not have it prior to moving here. My rheumatolist does not feel that my living in this area or that this nodule is worrisome & that it should be okay for me to start the Himira ... but if this nodule is fungus, & if fungus is causing the asthma, shouldn't this be a concern? I don't know what to do. I thought I would see another rheumatoligist for a second opinion but I need to wait months for an appointment. My RA is mild, in my opinion. The joints in both hands are affected although only one joint causes pain, & recently I developed pain in my right elbow. However, I apparently have a great deal of inflammation & my rheumatologist wants to get this under control before it causes further damage. Is it safe for me to start taking the Humira?
You need to get your inflammation under control before it further damages your joints. I feel that taking Humira is worth the risk because I know personally that chronic inflammation is not only dangerous but painful.
I would take Humira and keep an eye on the nodule. If it starts growing then I would talk to my rheumatologist about stopping the Humira.
Chronic inflammation in your body will cause damage to your joints. I have had a shoulder replacement, knee replacement and have to have the other knee replaced due to ra. So please take your rheumatologists advice and also keep an eye on that nodule.
I noticed your question was asked in June. I hope you are doing better.
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