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Doctor, patients: Rheumatoid arthritis is far more than joint pain
Southern California Public Radio

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that debilitates but doesn’t destroy – it hammers away with constant pain, but not so it’s apparent to others. That’s why if you ask Kelly Young about rheumatoid arthritis (R.A.), she’s quick to de-emphasize the “arthritis” part. “Arthritis is one of the symptoms, but it’s not the only symptom,” she said. “It’s a systemic disease.”