Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the joint tissue causing inflammation, stiffness, pain and extreme fatigue. If left untreated, the joint can lose its shape and alignment and lead to permanent disability.
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of any age. Around three quarters of people with rheumatoid arthritis are first diagnosed when of working age and women are three times as likely as men to have the disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an often misunderstood disease, confused with osteoarthritis which is commonly a wear and tear disease generally affecting the older population.
More than 400,000 people in the UK (around 1%) have rheumatoid arthritis costing the NHS approximately £560 million per year. The National Audit Office estimate that the total cost of RA to the UK economy is £4.8 billion per year
The mission of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) is to support everyone living with the impact of RA and JIA at the start and at every stage of their journey.
NRAS provides support, information and advocacy for people with rheumatoid arthritis and their families, friends and carers. NRAS provides a resource for health professionals and works closely with rheumatology health care professionals across the UK
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