Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your joints. It’s main symptoms are joint pain and swelling. It’s the second most common form of arthritis in the UK affecting up to 1% of the population.
RA can affect not just the joints but the eyes, lung, heart nerves, blood vessels and brain. It can have a profound effect on the quality of life of those affected.
Treatments include anti inflammatory drugs, pain killers, steroids and importantly disease modifying agents such as methotrexate. Recently the advent of a new category of drugs called the biologic agents have revolutionized the treatment of patients who suffer from RA.