Health: Five myths about Rheumatoid Arthritis

It isn’t just aching joints, and it can affect people of any age. Lisa Salmon busts some common myths about rheumatoid arthritis.

It’s easy to dismiss rheumatoid arthritis as an almost-inevitable part of ageing. But the fact is, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, isn’t connected to ageing, and is an often very misunderstood condition.

That’s the message from the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society this week (NRAS;, Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week, to highlight the many myths surrounding the disease, which, contrary to popular belief, doesn’t just affect the joints.

As the NRAS points out, RA is a systemic condition which can affect the body all over. Although joint pain is the most common symptom, it can also affect organs – including the eyes – as well as…

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