Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Heather Walker, who was diagnosed with a rheumatic disease after noticing a synovial cyst on her hand.

Heather Walker

“My first symptom of rheumatic disease was a bump on my right hand. It turned out to be a synovial cyst and led to my diagnosis.” Heather Walker’s synovial cyst is a lesser known symptom, though it points to the surrounding tissue damage frequently associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other diseases.


Howard Joseph

"A few months after Ruth and I got engaged, complications from lupus put Ruth in the hospital."


Priscilla McKenney

“It has been a journey to find what works for me regarding the management of inflammation.”


Sarah Cordrick

"I feel relatively decent most days, but I haven't gotten to a place where I can work out, run or even lift weights again."


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

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