Really Honest Answers About Rheumatoid ArthritisEpisode 6

Why Did the Diagnosis Take So Long?

There are real barriers to getting diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Your race and gender can both play a role.

Assumptions about what RA usually looks like can be barriers to people getting a diagnosis. For Deen Allen of Parlin, NJ, being an African-American man presented a huge challenge to getting treatment. Allen says that, based on his race, some ER doctors assumed he was “drug seeking.”