What is rheumatoid arthritis? It is more than just joint pain. What is rheumatoid arthritis? It is more than just joint pain. What is rheumatoid arthritis? It is more than just joint pain.

UNDERSTANDING RA
THE PROBLEM
WITH RA
IS MORE
THAN JUST
JOINT PAIN

WHO'S AFFECTED BY RA
RA is surprisingly common,
and can impact anyone

Around 1.3 million people in the US have rheumatoid arthritis.

Nearly three times as many women have the disease as men.

In women, RA can begin between ages 30 and 60. With men, it often occurs later.

UNDERSTANDING RA SYMPTOMS
RA symptoms are a warning sign

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition where your overactive immune system causes inflammation and attacks your joints.

RA symptoms can include:

Rheumatoid arthritis symptom: Joint pain

Joint Pain

Rheumatoid arthritis symptom: Joint swelling & stiffness

Joint Swelling
& Stiffness

Rheumatoid arthritis symptom: Fatigue

Fatigue

If you’re experiencing symptoms,
joint damage may have already begun

Inflammation is a primary
cause of RA symptoms.

Persistent inflammation, if not managed properly, could lead
to permanent, irreversible joint damage.

Don’t just “power
through the pain.”

If you’re experiencing RA
symptoms, and your
treatment plan isn't working for you,
it’s time to talk to
a rheumatologist
.

FACT:

Permanent joint damage can start within 1 year of having RA.

THE IMPACT OF RA
RA can affect your
whole body

RA is considered a systemic disease, which means it can impact the entire body.

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis often experience joint symptoms symmetrically.
So, if your left knee is affected, your right one may be, too.

The hands, feet, wrists, elbows,
knees, and ankles are the joints
most commonly affected by RA.

Symptoms and inflammation can have
a bigger impact

Inflammation can affect other parts of your body

Some patients with RA can also have problems in the eyes, lungs, and heart. Patients with RA have a 50% increased risk of heart disease compared to the general public. Not all patients progress to the same level of disease severity.

MORE/COMMUNITY

It’s good to have that community that understands, because they are going through the same thing; they are much more ready to help. 

-Kimberly M, Arizona