Survey Finds an Overwhelming Amount of Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers Stop Working Due to Illness

A new patient survey in Ireland found that almost half of those suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have to completely stop working for some period of time, due to the symptoms of their illness and side effects of their medications. This survey, as part of a larger study of 10,000 adults with rheumatoid arthritis in 42 countries, is part of an international collaborative project aimed at understanding the illness and encouraging suffers to take a more active role in managing their disease.


RA: Join the Fight (a global source of information to help educate people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and those who support them) encourages patients to pledge to start a conversation, and collaborate with their doctor to develop a plan to manage their disease. This anonymous global RA patient survey focuses on closing the knowledge gaps by developing educational resources and programs to help those with living with RA better understand it…and take a more active role in managing their disease.

Understandably, the survey found that 90% of those suffering with RA feel most people, including family and friends, don’t know what it’s like to live with the condition. Living with a chronic illness can be an isolating experience, especially when you feel that your family and friends don’t understand the challenges you face. This is precisely why it can be so helpful to belong to support and advocacy groups, and to surround yourself with people who understand why sometimes there is no way for you to lie down without putting painful pressure on a flaring joint; or why it feels like you are walking on glass while making a short trip across the house; or why you hold heat packs on in your hands, on your hips, knees, ankles and jaw as you lay in bed trying to sleep.

Claire Kinneavy, a Kildare-based Arthritis Ireland community volunteer, speaks on the importance of having a disease management plan and encouraging people to talk openly to their doctors about their experiences and goals. “The more you are involved with the management of your disease, the more in control you will feel about it.” A similar survey , including responses from 10,171 adults with RA from around the world, found that patients who have a disease management plan with their healthcare provider are nearly twice as likely to feel hopeful (39% vs. 23%) and confident (31% vs. 16%) about living with their RA as those who do not have a disease management plan.

As attorneys that represent clients whose insurance companies have failed or refused to pay long term disability claims, we have come to recognize how devastating life with RA can be. For over 20 years, we have been working every single day to ensure that if our clients cannot work, they receive the long term disability benefits to which they are entitled. If your RA is debilitating and you find that it becomes necessary to utilize your disability benefits, please feel free to contact us for a no-cost consultation for guidance on how avoid delays in payment…and get your claim paid.

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