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What Happens Without Treatment

It’s important to take rheumatoid arthritis seriously. Left untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can:

  • Permanently damage your joints
  • Shorten your life-expectancy
  • Increase your risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Limit your ability to work and enjoy physical activities

We’re not saying this to try to scare you. We want you to realize that RA is serious. It’s more than a bit of joint pain and stiffness. It’s a disease that affects your whole body, mind, and spirit. We want you to understand this so you take your treatment seriously and stick with it.

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