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2 Feb 2013

The First Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day!

It's a very exciting day today as the title states, February 2nd is Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day. I myself have not been diagnosed (yet) with RA but I have been told that it is likely that in the future I could develop RA in my knees. 



What is Rheumatoid arthritis/Disease:

RA is an inflammatory disease that causes damage to joint tissue and internal organs, resulting in high levels of pain and disability. RA causes the immune system to attack the body due to it malfunctioning.

The cause of Rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, though there has been some research into genetics, and researchers have shown theories environmental factors such as smoking and bacteria may trigger someone to develop RA.
Symptoms of RA :
  • Fatigue
  • stiffness in joints
  • Joint swelling
  • fevers
  • joint pains and aches
RA does not affect each person the same, some people it only attacks a few joints, where as in others in can attack all joints at the same time, and often silently attacks the heart or organs too.

There is no cure for RA, but the pain can be managed with medications and tests to help, though some people do not respond well to treatments and live with their symptoms and pain everyday.



How can you help to raise awareness today?
  • You can go and read The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation's press release and then share it with your social network sites : Click here
  • You can like their facebook page and share it with your friends and family : Click here
  • You can share some of these awareness photo's and banners on your facebook,twitter,blog,pinterest : Click here
  • And you can help educate people you know by showing and sharing with them this blog post and any of the links above.
Help spread awareness for the thousands of people who are fighting this life altering disease!


I have used the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation's website to help me gain this information to share with you :-)

Thank you for reading
Take care and keep helping to raise awareness
Jayne
xx

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