My 69-year-old father was diagnosed with RA 24 years ago. For perhaps the last ten years he has had a chronic cough. Perhaps once or twice a year it kicks into high gear and becomes so bad he coughs until he can't breathe and gags or vomits. It has resisted conventional treatment for coughs. His lungs have been tested repeatedly and are always clear. Dad's GP keeps telling him it's just a virus and will go away, and prescribes antibiotics and inhalers, which do help some in breaking up the worst of the cough, but it never goes away entirely. My dad's RA is quite out of control just now as he has not taken any medication in years, and he is about to start going to a rheumatologist again and go on medication. So I was wondering, has anyone experienced a chronic cough as symptom of RA and if so, how did you treat it? Or am I barking up the wrong tree here and should we explore other causes and treatments for this cough?
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