RA information evenings 2017
Arthritis Ireland is hosting a series of information evenings on living with rheumatoid arthritis in Cork, Dublin and Galway in October-November 2017. The information talks will be delivered by consultant rheumatologists and each talk will be followed by a question and answer session.
Wednesday, 8 November - The Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Renmore, Galway
Dr Bernadette Lynch, consultant rheumatologist
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common type of inflammatory arthritis, affecting some 40,000 people in Ireland. Although you are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis in your middle years – between 30 and 50 – children, young adults and older people can also get it.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that makes the joints in your body become inflamed. In most diseases, inflammation serves a purpose – it helps healing and, when healing is done, the inflammation goes away. In RA the opposite occurs. The RA inflammation causes damage – it can go on for a long time, or come and go. When it is active – known as a flare-up – you may feel unwell.
The body’s natural defences (the immune system) are part of the problem in rheumatoid arthritis. It somehow puts itself into reverse and attacks certain parts of the body instead of protecting it. This auto-immune reaction occurs mainly in the joints, but in a flare-up other organs can be affected. It is not known what causes the immune system to react in this way.
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