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    Attention New Yorkers: Help Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis from Interfering with a Loved Ones Productive Lifestyle
    ChelseaWG posted:

    I'm posting today on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation in hopes of spreading awareness about a serious disease to help facilitate early diagnosis and treatment.

    Did you know that approximately 1.3 million people in the United States are living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)? RA is a chronic disease that can lead to long-term damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability; however early treatment can stop joint damage.

    Studies have shown that early aggressive treatment of RA can limit joint damage, which in turn limits loss of movement, decreased ability to work, higher medical costs and potential surgery. In fact, early diagnosis and treatment can help stop joint damage.
    If you:
    • Have pain or swelling in 3 or more joints
    • Have stiffness in 3 or more joints
    • Feel pain in the wrists, fingers or toes
    • And have had this problem for less than 12 months
    Then you might benefit from a screening to determine if you have RA.
    Because Rheumatoid Arthritis is a serious disease, early diagnosis and treatment are critical to enable those affected to continue living productive lifestyles. Advancements in research and drug development, joint protection techniques and self-management techniques have made it possible for more people with RA to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

    For even more information, tips and resources, visit: and check out this special video PSA: 60.wmv . The PSA also provides a phone number, (866) 720-4297, for viewers in the New York area to call and receive a free phone screening!
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