How rheumatoid arthritis patients can find the best treatment sooner

(BPT) - If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you probably know how debilitating it can be. What most people don’t know, is how hard it can be to find the right treatment.

That’s because RA is a complex disease that affects every person differently. RA affects 1.6 million Americans and can begin at any age, causing swelling and joint pain — usually in small joints of the hands, wrists, knees, and feet. The pain can make even simple, daily activities like combing your hair or standing up difficult and painful. According to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), if untreated, the disease becomes progressively worse.

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