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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.

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Space Ghost 1107 ,

Pain!

I am going through this now as it just started a few months ago. Nothing but pain! What a way to turn 60 in 2 months. I have always been healthy and on the go. This story has inspired me and I have already sought out help. I need it, this is brutal and is beginning to ruin my otherwise healthy life.

ATHiker95 ,

Liz's Story - great job describing this painful condition

I've had RA for 14 years and can attest to Liz's description of the disease. She puts the human face on this lousy disease. Very well done. Be sure to watch the video portion - would love to sit down and have a chat over a good cup of tea with Liz. She's lucky if methotrexate is still working for her . After 14 years, it's beginning to lose its effectiveness for me, so have recently turned to Enbrel.

sangichan ,

Accurate

As a college student with Rheumatoid Arthritis I'm very excited to see these lectures spread awareness that this is not simply an 'old person' disease.

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