6. There is no cure.
The goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms and improve mobility. Medical therapy should be started as soon as possible, before joints sustain lasting damage, as damage begins early in the disease. No single treatment works for all patients because each person’s immune system is unique. Often several combinations must be tried before discovering the “cocktail” of medications that work best. Some people find alternative medicine to be helpful, but there is no scientific evidence that these treatments are effective.
7. The chronic inflammation associated with RA makes patients two times more likely to develop heart disease than the average person.
It can also damage other vital organs including the lungs, nervous system, kidneys, skin and eyes.