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What will happen if I do not take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Shorter life

Untreated rheumatoid arthritis shortens lives.
The effect on the lifespan depends on the severity of the disease and the amount of inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly causes joint deformities which, if they occur, can only be reversed by surgery. It is best to get prompt diagnosis and treatment. Ra is serious chronic disease like diabetes.

In brief: Shorter life

Untreated rheumatoid arthritis shortens lives.
The effect on the lifespan depends on the severity of the disease and the amount of inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly causes joint deformities which, if they occur, can only be reversed by surgery. It is best to get prompt diagnosis and treatment. Ra is serious chronic disease like diabetes.
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