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.
It can take months or even years to land on a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Meanwhile, the pain and symptoms like fatigue and GI flares can stop you right in your tracks.
An RA diagnosis changes your life, and that can be trickier to treat than any other symptom.
Surprisingly, the pain, stiffness, fatigue, and other symptoms aren’t always the worst part of living with RA. It’s often the stigma that stings the most.
RA is an autoimmune disease that affects more than just your joints. Among its various not-so-fun symptoms are brain fog and intense fatigue.