With such a tiny percentage of Americans living with RA, approximately 1.3 million adults according to NIAMS, it is no wonder that the general public knows so little about the disease and believes the many myths floating. So let’s get started dispelling some of the most common myths.
Myth #1: Arthritis is only for OLD people.
Myth #2: Arthritis is arthritis - It’s all the same thing, right?
Myth #3: In rheumatoid arthritis, swollen joints are alway red and thus easy to diagnose.
Myth #4: You must wait until the pain is severe and your have serious joint problems before starting treatment for your RA.
Myth #5: All I have to worry about with RA are my joints; it doesn’t affect my health otherwise.
Myth #6: Painful, stiff joints from rheumatoid arthritis need to be rested most of the day and exercise is a "no-no" when you have RA.
Myth #7: Arthritis is caused by cold, wet weather.
Myth #8: Arthritis is caused by poor diet or specific substances such as aspartame.
Myth #9: If I have RA, my children are likely to get it as well.
Myth #10: Most people with rheumatoid arthritis end up in a wheelchair or nursing home because of the disease.
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Top Ten Common Myths about RA - Busted!!