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Rheumatoid arthritis - a long term condition: Track 1

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic long term condition that principally attacks flexible joints, causing painful swelling, stiffness and fatigue. The risk of developing RA is associated with ageing but it also affects adults of working age and is three times more common in women. 56 year old Liz noticed her first symptoms in 1996, when her son was just 2 years old. In this collection, she shares her experiences of living with RA, from early symptoms to drug-controlled remission.

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Track 1: Rheumatoid arthritis: Liz's story

Liz, who was diagnosed with RA in 1996, talks about living with this long term condition.


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Track   Title Description
1 Rheumatoid arthritis: Liz's story    Liz, who was diagnosed with RA in 1996, talks about living with this long term condition. Play now Rheumatoid arthritis: Liz's story
2 Early stages    Liz talks about how she felt, physically and emortionally, when the condition first manifested itself. Play now Early stages
3 Diagnosis    Liz looks back on about the protracted process of getting a diagnosis. Play now Diagnosis
4 Treatment    Liz talks about the various medications she has had since her condition was first diagnosed and how she is now in drug-controlled remission. Play now Treatment
5 Adapting to life with rheumatoid arthritis    Liz reflects on how her life has changed as a result of her long term condition. Play now Adapting to life with rheumatoid arthritis

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