Imagine you’ve been living with rheumatoid arthritis for more than ten years. Likely, it took several years to get a definitive diagnosis, with crucial time lost before landing at the doorstep of the expert (the rheumatologist). And then a bevy of sequential prescriptions ranging from steroids to methotrexate to biologics to find the medication, or combination of medications, that works well and minimizes flares. There’s a rollercoaster of emotions – fear, hope, reluctance, relief, which all vary person-to-person. But one thing is unanimous no matter who the patient is: she or he must proactively be their own advocate in the care and management of their disease.
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