Don’t ignore your joints

Angry Hand aims to raise public awareness about the importance of early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease that attacks  your joints and can cause irreversible damage if not treated early.

It can strike at any age, most commonly between the ages of 40-60, and affecting more women than men.

Treatment within 3 months of symptom onset gives the best chance of preventing lasting joint damage.

Detecting early signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Stiffness (early morning joint stiffness lasting over 30 minutes).

Hot, painful, “angry” joints.

Swelling (persistent swelling of joints especially in the hands or small joints in the feet).

Squeezing (squeezing the joints is painful).

Many, but not all, patients experience the same symptoms on both sides of the body.

Fatigue and tiredness is common.

If any of the symptoms above sound familiar, make an appointment to see your GP

Discover More…

For some excellent public and patient resources please visit National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

nras.org.uk

Establishing Networks to Improve Patient care in Early Inflammatory Arthritis.

clinicalinnovation.org.uk

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