What is rheumatoid arthritis?

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition that makes the joints in your body become inflamed causing pain and stiffness. It is the second most common form of arthritis.

At the moment, there is no cure for RA but, over the years, treatment for RA has advanced significantly giving many people a better outlook.

With the right medication, many people living with RA lead near-to-normal, active lives. Research shows that the sooner treatment for RA begins, the more effective it is likely to be. This is why it’s very important to see your doctor if you are experiencing any early morning stiffness or joint pain.

Some RA facts

  • About 45,000 people in Ireland are living with RA.
  • Over 2,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
  • 3 out of 4 people diagnosed are of working age.
  • 3 out of 4 people diagnosed are women.
  • You’re more likely to develop RA in middle years – between 30 to 50.
  • Young adults can be affected by RA and it can also strike late in life.
  • Treatments have improved over time and help many of those affected.

 Download: Living with rheumatoid Arthritis booklet


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