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Switched to Singulair for RA breathing problems

Post: #1
04-05-2012, 04:45 PM
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Switched to Singulair for RA breathing problems

As promised, I thought I would post about my pulmonary testing. They did a number of spirometry tests, gas diffusion testing and lung capacity testing. From the results, all that they could tell me was that my airways are sensitive to irritation. I didn't need tests to tell me that. They are guessing that the RA nodules are causing inflammation and that is making me cough. I am rather disappointed that they found nothing useful.

The only good thing to come out of it is that the respirologist prescribed Singulair instead of Symbicort and that is working much better for the cough. If anyone else develops a cough, keep both of these in mind.




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Post: #2
04-05-2012, 07:32 PM
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RE: Switched to Singulair for RA breathing problems

That's interesting to know. I have to see my doctor again soon, and my lung problems from Lupus are getting worse. I'll research those drugs and see if thye may be helpful in my case. The problem is, I have high blood pressure, so some medications are not suitable, but it's always handy to learn of something that works well for others.



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Post: #3
04-06-2012, 11:49 PM
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RE: Switched to Singulair for RA breathing problems

I am sorry that the tests did not prove beneficial. At least you can get some sleep for a while. Is the Singulair something that should last for a while? Did you ask about the lung issues being tied to your more severe RA?




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Post: #4
04-08-2012, 04:18 PM
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RE: Switched to Singulair for RA breathing problems

The Singulair does seem to last according to the respirologist. He has had people taking it for years without significant side effects or any resistance. Yay, at least one good thing to think about.

I also asked about whether the pulmonary issues are due to my RA being severe and he said it is likely but not always true. It is another one of those rather vague answers I seem to be getting lately. Sigh...




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Post: #5
04-09-2012, 11:01 PM
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RE: Switched to Singulair for RA breathing problems

annmarie, I hope that between the Actemra and the Singulair that you are able to get more control over the RA. Hugs to you and stay in touch.




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Post: #6
04-10-2012, 07:49 PM
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Thank you, I will.




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