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If you have questions about your condition, you are not alone. Below are some frequently asked questions about RA.

FAQ

Q: Who gets RA?

A: About one out of 100 Canadian adults is living with RA. While anyone can get RA at any age,the peak age to develop it is in the fifth decade (40-49 years) and it affects women two to three times more often than men.

Q: Can RA affect more than just my joints?

A: Yes. It can also affect other parts of your body like skin, eyes, heart, lungs, and nerves – which is why it’s important to treat your condition with medications that work best for you.

Q: Is there a cure?

A: Unfortunately, there is no cure – but there are prescription medications that can help reduce the signs and symptoms of RA. Early diagnosis and effective treatment can help you maintain or reach your lifestyle goals.

Q: Why do I have RA?

A: While the exact cause of RA is unknown, there are several risk factors that may contribute to your condition. Some of these factors include:

  • Family history: some people have genes that are linked to their RA
  • Gender: RA affects almost 3 times as many women compared to men
  • Age: anyone can develop RA at any age, but the risk does increase for anyone between 40-60 years.
  • Smoking: not only does smoking cigarettes increase the risk of developing RA, but it can also make your symptoms worse.

 

Q: Why is treating my RA so important?

A: If left untreated, RA can cause permanent damage to your joints. Working with your doctor to properly treat your condition as early as possible can have a positive effect on your day-to-day.

Q: What can I do to get the most out of my doctor appointments?

A: To make visits with your doctor count, try some of the following:

  • Plan ahead. Make a list of any questions or concerns you have.
  • Bring backup. Consider bringing a friend or family member who can listen and take notes for you.
  • Be honest. Talk openly about any issues or concerns and answer your doctor’s questions honestly.
  • Ask away. If there are things you don’t understand during your appointment, ask for a clear explanation from your doctor.

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