What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

You are more than your moderate to severe RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, lifelong condition. It requires ongoing treatment, and living with it can be a daily battle.

But if you’re up to the challenge, so is RINVOQ. You may be able to significantly improve RA symptoms with RINVOQ, including the potential to significantly reduce fatigue.

And RINVOQ can even help improve physical function.

What causes RA?

When you have RA, your immune system is mistakenly attacking your joints. This is what causes the pain, swelling, and stiffness of RA—and if left untreated, it can also lead to permanent joint damage.

In addition to the physical symptoms, RA can also impact your mental health, affecting day-to-day activities or even relationships.

Common signs & symptoms of RA

Pain

Pain

Swelling

Swelling

Stiffness

Stiffness

fatigue

Fatigue

Mental stress

Mental stress

It’s important to tell your rheumatologist about the total impact RA is having on you—physically, mentally, and socially. If you’re not where you want to be, it may be time to reexamine your treatment goals.

Unpredictable, but treatable

One way to evaluate the impact of RA is by looking at disease activity. There are different ways to calculate this, but generally speaking, disease activity is a measurement of:

  • Symptoms (pain, swollen or tender joints)

  • Inflammation

  • Overall health (assessed by patient questionnaire)

The level of RA disease activity in your body can be unpredictable and change over time, ranging from high disease activity, when symptoms are most severe, down to low disease activity, when symptoms are significantly reduced.

Decreasing your disease activity with an effective treatment can have a major impact on the severity of your symptoms.

What that means for you What that means for you What that means for you

Rheumatoid arthritis is an ongoing challenge, but it doesn’t define who you are. Working with a rheumatologist to set the right goals and find an effective treatment plan may help you take better control of your condition.

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In RA, your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints. If left undertreated, this can lead to permanent joint damage.

In RA, your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints. If left undertreated, this can lead to permanent joint damage.

Not managing rheumatoid arthritis effectively can lead to permanent joint damage. RINVOQ can help STOP further joint damage. Learn more about all RINVOQ can do >