10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

3. Age isn’t a factor.

At least 1.3 million U.S. adults have RA (75% are women), and nearly 300,000 American children suffer from some form of juvenile arthritis, which causes the same type of pain, disability and symptoms that adults with autoimmune arthritis experience.

4. Disability is not uncommon.

Inflammatory rheumatic diseases with arthritis cause more disability in America than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Disability is even higher among patients who were not promptly diagnosed and treated for their RA. If not properly addressed early in the disease, 60% of patients may experience permanent disability 10 years after onset.
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