World Arthritis Day


Today is World Arthritis Day, a day when the millions of sufferers of the many forms of arthritis reach out to the world to educate and advocate. One organisation, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, based in the UK, has started a new campaign called ‘remission mission’ to show how the right care can make a huge difference to the quality of life of someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The remission mission’s goal is simple, to educate the general public and to encourage medical professionals as to what remission means for patients: “From something as simple as being able to brush your teeth, do the gardening or work full time, the word remission truly means different things to each of the 690,000 people in the UK living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well as their family and friends who see them coping with the disease daily.” They have started a photo wall where patients and medical professionals have posted about what remission means to them.

For more information see the NRAS Remission Mission page


Arthritis Research UK: New research for Rheumatoid Arthritis

New research by scientists in 38 institutions across seven countries has brought to light over 100 genetic markers for Rheumatoid Arthritis, leading to further research on possible new treatments, according to Arthritis Research UK.

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Gut Bacteria May Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gut Bacteria May Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fascinating new research just been published on the role that bacteria in the gut may play in the onset of auto-immune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Personally, I found this very interesting as I was initially diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease due to the problems I was having with my digestive system. Time and lots of tests showed that diagnose to be incorrect and Rheumatoid Arthritis to be the real problem.

The more research that is done, the more we come to understand a disease that has so far befuddled the scientific community. Let’s hope a cure is not too far in the future.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week

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English: – Rheumatoid Arthritis in the hands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week, from June 24-30 is Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week. It’s being promoted by the UK charity NRAS. (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society)

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a painful autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to turn on itself. This leads to problems with joints, connective tissues and sometimes organs such as eyes, heart and lungs. It’s currently incurable but research continues into new ways of controlling and slowing the progress of the disease.

Many people know little or nothing about the disease which affects around 690,000 people in Britain and over 1.5 million in the USA, often confusing it with the more common osteoarthritis.

A survey commissioned by NRAS and carried out by ComRes shows that only “10% of people believe the British government is doing a good job of raising public awareness about long term conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis”. The ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ report showed that the British public has a very limited understanding of the disease.

41% of people surveyed said they understood the symptoms of the disease. Only 10% had seen any kind of information displayed in public such as at doctors’ surgeries etc. 48% were unaware that RA shortens life expectancy and only 16% knew the disease affects internal organs.

The report states : “Raising public awareness of the disease is vital as there is a known ‘window of opportunity’. If a person is diagnosed and started on appropriate treatment within 12 weeks of symptom onset, they are more likely to achieve remission or minimise the severity of the disease, meaning they can have a much better quality of life through avoiding severe pain and disability caused by irreversible joint damage.”

Many people believe that Rheumatoid Arthritis is an old person’s disease whereas in fact it can affect people of all ages, even young children. The earlier that treatment is started, the better the outcome for the patient. The disease affects more women than men and the most common age for diagnosis is between 30 and 50 years of age meaning people are having to cope with the disease whilst working and raising a family.

If you think you may be developing the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, don’t wait, go and see your GP straight away. For more information see the NRAS website.