I'm a 58 year old female who works out and is pretty healthy most of the time. For several years now, I have had arthritis in my knees and thumbs. Doctors just give me painkillers for this.
I've also had breathing difficulties when I'm around mold or some chemicals and at certain times of the year. An allergist said I did not have asthma after doing many breathing tests. (Altho many of my family do have asthma and bronchitis.) I also get a slight pain on the right side of upper chest and i have had EKG and a heart catheterization to try to find this. When I feel anxious, the pain and my breathing get worse, if they are present to start with. I've had GERD checked out too and that's fine.
Part of the year, my breathing and this pain seem fine, especially when I'm traveling and away from this area.
Is there any connection between my arthritis and my breathing? My latest tests showed some infection in my urine and I have both joint pain and breathing pain right now.