Living with rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition to painful symptoms and physical limitations, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), like most chronic illnesses, can impact the lives it touches. It is important to talk to your doctor to help manage any issues that arise.

Living with RA

Family Life—Because RA most commonly occurs between the ages of 30 and 50, it can impose limitations on aspects of family life.

Living with RA

Financial Implications—Managing rheumatoid arthritis can incur economic costs. A financial advisor or counselor may help you plan and manage any financial changes.

Living with RA

Emotions—The diagnosis of a chronic illness can bring about a variety of difficult feelings. It may help to seek advice from your doctor, a counselor, or support group to help manage any issues that arise.


Though rheumatoid arthritis can have a significant impact on your life and the lives of those around you, maintaining a positive attitude and coming to terms with having a chronic condition is an important step toward managing your disease.

People living with RA

Accentuate the positive.

As with any chronic condition, maintaining a positive attitude can go a long way to help you manage RA. Reaching out to your family members and friends for their help and understanding can also make a difference.

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