What Rheumatoid Arthritis isn’t… a walk in the park, a day without pain/stiffness to some degree, or anything like those commercials portray it. RA is:
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues it is supposed to protect.
Yes, RA is n autoimmune disease that affects the joints, but it also can effect other parts of your body as well. There is no cure for this disease.
It effects your daily life in so many ways. To be completely honest I get so frustrated when I see those commercials for RA medicines. They are not an accurate depiction of my life with RA. Many of the things I could do or I enjoyed doing before RA I am no longer able to do. Most days are a struggle even with taking the medicines.
Anther thing that also frustrates me is that they down play the side effects that come with taking the meds. And I have yet to hear any mention of the black box warning some of them have. Enbrel has a black box warning because there is an increased risk of cancer for those who use it. Humira and Remicade have a black box warning now too.
Yes, life with RA,is no walk in the park. It is often scary, limiting, and definitely challenging. The medicines are not without some risk. The sad truth for those of us who are living with RA there isn’t much choice yet. We can only hope, and pray that one day very soon there will be a cure.