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Could Your Painful Joints be Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Could your joint pain be caused by rheumatoid arthritis? Photo credit: Beth Anne Demeter

You can learn more about Beth Anne Demeter’s story and the latest treatments for RA in my interview with her and her doctor, rheumatologist Calvin Brown from Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The podcast, “What Can I Do About My Rheumatoid Arthritis?” is available at http://www.patientpower.info/program/what-can-i-do-about-my-rheumatoid-arthritis/

If you have ongoing joint pain, you may want to talk with your doctor about an evaluation for RA. There are effective treatments, and their earlier use can ensure a long, active life.

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About the author: Andrew Schorr is a medical journalist, cancer survivor and founder of Patient Power, a one-of-a-kind company bringing in-depth information to patients with cancer and chronic illness. Audio and video programs, plus transcripts, help patients make informed decisions to support their health in partnership with their medical team.

Patient Power is at www.PatientPower.info and on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Schorr is also the author of “The Web Savvy Patient: An Insider's Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis" found at www.websavvypatient.com/

Resources:

Interview with Calvin R. Brown Jr., MD, Rheumatologist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, recorded on 2/28/2012 and available on Patient Power at
http://www.patientpower.info/program/what-can-i-do-about-my-rheumatoid-arthritis

Interview with Beth Anne Demeter, Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient, Palatine, Illinois, recorded on 2/28/2012 and available on Patient Power at
http://www.patientpower.info/program/what-can-i-do-about-my-rheumatoid-arthritis

FastStats Arthritis , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, , accessed online on 8/22/12 at
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/arthrits.htm

Arthritis Prevalence , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arthritis Prevalence, accessed online on 8/22/12 at
http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/arthritis_related_stats.htm#3

Osteoarthritis, Medline Plus, accessed online on 8/22/12 at
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/osteoarthritis.html

Rheumatoid arthritis, PubMed Health, accessed online on 8/22/12 at

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