Finding the Right Treatment for RA


Paige Greenfield

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Although there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there are many effective treatments available today. While some help soothe symptoms such as pain and inflammation, others target the disease more directly. Which treatments your doctor prescribes will depend on your RA—your particular experience. That's why it's important to always keep your doctor updated on how you're feeling. For instance, if pain is hindering everyday tasks, such as working or cooking, be sure to let your doctor know so he or she can reevaluate your treatment.

As difficult as it may be, remember to be patient. It can take some time before finding the best treatment for you. In fact, about 65 percent of people with RA need to change their medication at some point.

W. Hayes Wilson, MD, discusses the basics of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and treatment.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 16, 2015

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