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

8. Candida is not a known cause of autoimmune disease.

Studies have established the possibility that infections or illnesses, in combination with other factors (see #1), may trigger autoimmune arthritis diseases. However, candida itself is not a known symptom of RA, but often a potential consequence of the disease.

9. RA treatment is expensive!

Recent figures showed arthritis and rheumatic disease care cost $127.8 billion, compared to $124.6 billion for cancer care. First line medications for RA, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), help reduce pain and inflammation and can also slow progression of the disease. These low-dose chemotherapy and anti-malarial drugs may be given alone or, in more severe cases, in combination with biologic response modifiers or “biologic agents”, which target the parts of the immune system that lead to the inflammation that cause joint and tissue damage. Biologics are mainly administered as injections or infusions weekly or monthly, cost anywhere from $2,500 to $20,000 per treatment, and are not always covered by insurance.
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