12th September 2014 – Living with rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints. Hands, feet and wrists are commonly affected.
It is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system attacks the cells that line your joints, making them swollen, stiff and painful.
If you are living with the condition, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society is a great source of expert information and support.
You can find out more about the condition, and about how it’s diagnosed, treated and managed. All of their information meets the Information Standard quality mark.
They offer a free helpline on 0800 298 7650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and an online community on Health Unlocked. If you would like to speak to someone else who lives with rheumatoid arthritis, you can ring the helpline and they will put you in touch with one of their trained telephone support volunteers.
You can also join NRAS to receive regular magazines and e-newletters and the chance to attend their annual conference.