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I wonder what the average age adult age of with RA is when they become disabled? This seems to be scary to navigate. Yet as a nurse I care for patients who have RA and are disabled at my age and younger. Advise? View
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    I wonder what the average age adult age of with RA is when they become disabled? This seems to be scary to navigate. Yet as a nurse I care for patients who have RA and are disabled at my age and younger. Advise?

    • RA affects us all differently and it’s not how old the patient is, but how long they’ve had the disease and how it’s been treated that tips the scales toward disability. It’s estimated that 60% of RA patients without adequate treatment will be disabled within 10 years (https://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/facts-statistics-infographic#2). The good news is that treatments today have been found to be effective in slowing the progress of the disease which has slowed the rate of disability. So it’s not a question of how old the patient is, but how long they’ve had it and whether or not there has been effective treatment. That’s why you may be seeing a younger patient who is disabled (diagnosed at a younger age) and an older patient who is still active (diagnosed at a later age). While that may not be a complete answer to your question, I hope that it helps you understand the disease progression.

    • I had Ra at a young age but never dx’d until late20’s..I went into remission for years.I remember seeing my Aunt getting crippled from ra and I would think to myself, ( boy,im so glad mine went away ) not knowing about remission…I worked countless of hours each week, ( single parent ). I ended up going on disability at age 42 and should have went out sooner., at least 2 yrs sooner.. For years my rhummy treated the pain not the illnesss which cause great damage within my joints.. i did take the bio drugs for a few yrs with great sucess until it stopped working completely…Now I’m limited on what I can lift..( I have no strength). My hands,fingers are crippled along with my feet and other joints throughout my body..Im 60 now and have no life..I make the best of it and I will not let it define me..it is what is…The doctors do not know why in only a few yrs of treatment with bio drugs they stoppd working, its a rare thing not to get several yrs with the bio….