Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Christina Sunley, a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.


Christina Sunley

“After three years of trial and error, I finally found a treatment that works for me. Some of the other medications helped me significantly, but I couldn’t tolerate the severe side effects. Others had no side effects, but no efficacy either. For each treatment, we had to wait two to three months to see if it would work. Fortunately, Drug #5 works well and is without side effects. It is up and down, but I've come a long way. Thanks to my mobility scooter, I can even get out in nature at times when rheumatoid arthritis makes sustained walking difficult."


Elizabeth Edwards

“Rheumatoid arthritis runs in my family.”


Katherine Revel

“My rheumatologist ran blood work, which finally gave me an answer: mixed connective tissue disease.”


Laura Jonas McGaffick

“I have had to give up so many things like a teaching career, hiking, and skiing.”


A young femaie holds the inflamed hands of a man with rheumatoid arthritis.

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