Our expert says:
Dear RA sufferer
RA is an auto-immune disease which means that something goes wrong with your immunity and you start making antibodies against your own tissue. They are not really sure what triggers it, and although there is a trend in families it is not always hereditary.
Prednisone can cause water retention, metotrexate can cause indigestion. The treatment is chronic, but one can reduce the dosages when you go into a remission. Flare ups are caused by chemicals, stress, illness, certain foods - and it differs from person to person.
Support groups:(I don't know how good they are though)
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal
advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.