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The Real RA: A Personal Look

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1. Relationships with Doctors

Meet Shannan, Jennifer and Irene. They lead fulfilling lives, filled with family, travel, exercise, and satisfying work. They also live with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune joint disease that causes pain, joint damage and disability.

Over the years, they've gone through a myriad of treatment changes. 

One thing they've learned is that as a RA patient, you depend on your rheumatologist to help you make sound decisions about treatment. You want to be proactive about your care. Ask questions. Report all your symptoms and side effects. Do research. Seek second opinions if necessary. 

Hear about their experience with doctor/patient relationships in this video.

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