Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Vickie, Community Member, asks

Q: Can RA Kill you

Just wondering since it is a progressive disease with no cure.

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mkmac4, Community Member
4/23/09 3:09pm

You must remember that RA just doesn't affect your joints. It can affect your organs, brain, tissues, muscles and everything in your body. Many people with RA die of Congestive heart failure due to kidneys not functioning properly and the organs just shutting down. Not necessarily from the drugs but from the disease itself. Lots of new studies. I just read a few and it seems that people who die don't know that their hearts and lungs have been compromised. It can be very sudden. Doctors look at the joints but they aren't doing a good job at looking at our organs and seeing how they are being affected. This is what the newest study was saying. It was in the newspaper last week. We need to ask the doctors to do a better check on our heart and lung function as well as our kidneys. These organs can take a big hit and fast.

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billcurtis119, Community Member
9/13/10 11:14pm

Simply put - yes it can.  I have RA and can no longer afford any medications.  In the past year I have gone from an active lifestyle to a wheelchair. My eyesight has been affected greatly.  My liver enzyme counts are dangerously low and my doctor is trying very hard to find me medication assistance.  I have now developed the shakes and horrible memory fogs.

The affects of medication can damage you but i'm here to tell you, that uncontrolled RA is a very painful experience and it can lead to complete organ failure...billcurtis119@yahoo.com

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ger, Community Member
4/23/09 8:39am

Hi,

My brother had very severe RA for 35 years but he continued working till the end. Arthritis will not kill you, but the years of medication and their side effects on the various organs may contribute to a lesser life expectancy than normal.

Iv'e been wondering the same thing myself and i have been panicking over all sorts of desperate scenarios, but in the end it's your approach to the illness that will have a bearing on your longevity. Medications now are much better enabling people to get much more out of life and continue to be active for longer. The pain may not go away but everything is relative to the sort of lifestyle you were accustomed to and how you lived before the diagnosis. I'm no expert but iv'e observed my brother over those years and it gave me insight into the pain and suffering involved and the sacrifices made to live a normal life. Keep active in what ever way you can for as long as you can. ger.

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billcurtis119, Community Member
9/13/10 11:16pm

Simply put - yes it can.  I have RA and can no longer afford any medications.  In the past year I have gone from an active lifestyle to a wheelchair. My eyesight has been affected greatly.  My liver enzyme counts are dangerously low and my doctor is trying very hard to find me medication assistance.  I have now developed the shakes and horrible memory fogs.

The affects of medication can damage you but i'm here to tell you, that uncontrolled RA is a very painful experience and it can lead to complete organ failure...billcurtis119@yahoo.com

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gingerthomas, Community Member
11/ 2/10 1:04pm

yes. I have it I am still on medicine I take 43 different tpyes and 3 different shots and it has hit all my organs and the doctors say I should have been died by now but I won't give up and I have my God he is way I am still here and until He is done with me I will stay here on earth but it is very painful but every morning when I wake up I say it s got to be a great day because I have another day My God is so Great maybe you may want to try Him. corkeythomas2006@yahoo.com 

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ready to feel good, Community Member
3/ 4/12 8:20am

Im just inquiring, your on all these meds and still in pain? How old are you may I ask? I have been going through this for about 6 years and they just keep adding meds and nothing seems to control it, I dont want to be a guinie pig, and Im only 37, Im thinking of going the all natural rooute, I figure what do I have to lose if people are on all these meds and still in pain anyway, ya know? huskycitro@hotmail.com

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splkaster, Community Member
4/28/12 10:27am

Im just 39 and have it all my life..my knees failed me as a teen and I had a total left knee replacement at 34 and several joint surgeries since I was 20..Im currently on Enbrel and it isnt working..my next is Remicade and im hoping that works! not much is working on mine..Ive done the natural route up until 2 years ago...it doesnt work! I still work...You will always have some pain/stiffness no matter what..I say stay with whatever workds for you! Just dont let it go like I did for years and now have such swollen knuckles and elbows i cant use my right ring finger...just take care and work it out! good luck!

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Living_with_R.A, Community Member
1/15/14 5:48pm

i wouldnt recommend going "all natural" because you got to remember that R.A effects your organs, brain, tissues and muscles. So even if there still in pain on meds, its still helping there organs in some way that keeping them alive.

 

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