Smoking accounts for more than one third of cases of the most severe and common forms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheaumatoid arthritis is not a regular arthritis but a chronic progressive autoimmune disorder.
It’s not only old people that develop Rheumatoid arthritis but can start between the ages of 30 and 55.
Not all people who suffer from it will end up in a wheelchair as it takes different course with different people, with most people going on living independantly.
Never ignore the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis as the quicker you start on treatments for it the better it will be for the patient.
They used to say that rest was the best way forward with Rheumatoid arthritis but on the contrary, joints affected by the disease need stretching and exercise. As they say, ‘if you don’t use it, you will probably lose it’.