Help and support for this common autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease affecting one in 100 people in which the body attacks itself, leading to inflammation and damage to the joints. Other organs can also be affected, and further symptoms include fatigue and depression. This upbeat book explains clearly the nature and symptoms of RA, possible causes, diagnosis, and treatment, including psychological aspects, medication, pain management, physiotherapy, and surgery. Lifestyle issues are also explored, along with practical tips on how to make life more manageable and comfortable. The book ends with a positive look at ongoing research and future treatments.
PHILIPPA PIGACHE is an award winning journalist and acclaimed medical science writer with more than thirty years' experience. She has contributed widely to local and national newspapers, women's magazines, radio and television. She has worked on the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Guardian, and for ITN and BBC Science Features. She is currently the honorary secretary of the Medical journalists' Association and editor of its journal, the MJA News. She has written consumer health books on arthritis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as fiction. She has two children, three grandchildren and three cats. She lives in Sussex and paints and gardens in her spare time.