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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic long term condition that principally attacks flexible joints, causing painful swelling, stiffness and fatigue. The risk of developing RA is associated with ageing but it also affects adults of working age and is three times more common in women. 56 year old Liz noticed her first symptoms in 1996, when her son was just 2 years old. In this collection, she shares her experiences of living with RA, from early symptoms to drug-controlled remission.

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic long term condition that principally attacks flexible joints, causing painful swelling, stiffness and fatigue. The risk of developing RA is associated with ageing but it also affects adults of working age and is three times more common in women. 56 year old Liz noticed her first symptoms in 1996, when her son was just 2 years old. In this collection, she shares her experiences of living with RA, from early symptoms to drug-controlled remission.

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    Rheumatoid arthritis: Liz's story

    Rheumatoid arthritis: Liz's story

    Liz, who was diagnosed with RA in 1996, talks about living with this long term condition.

    • 10 min
    Transcript -- Rheumatoid arthritis: Liz's story

    Transcript -- Rheumatoid arthritis: Liz's story

    Liz, who was diagnosed with RA in 1996, talks about living with this long term condition.

    Early stages

    Early stages

    Liz talks about how she felt, physically and emortionally, when the condition first manifested itself.

    • 2 min
    Transcript -- Early stages

    Transcript -- Early stages

    Liz talks about how she felt, physically and emortionally, when the condition first manifested itself.

    Diagnosis

    Diagnosis

    Liz looks back on about the protracted process of getting a diagnosis.

    • 6 min
    Transcript -- Diagnosis

    Transcript -- Diagnosis

    Liz looks back on about the protracted process of getting a diagnosis.

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