Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Kasey Gardiner, an RA patient


Kasey Gardiner

“About 9 months after my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, I went into remission. Then, a lump the size of a softball appeared on my chest—it was an infection from myocobacterium  haemophilum , the doctors told me they saw an infection of this kind maybe once a year. I came off my RA medicine to take antibiotics and after four doses I was admitted to the hospital. I crashed, with kidney and liver failure as well as pulmonary edema. The doctors treating me believe I had suffered from a severe allergic reaction to the antibiotics..." READ MORE


Melanie Mullikin

"When I was practically crawling, I went to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with severe rheumatoid arthritis."


Ally Kopec

"When I first started experiencing symptoms, I was told I had growing pains."


Tessa Capel

“I was so relieved to finally have someone listen to me. That saw past my age and listened.“


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

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