What is the outcome for rheumatoid arthritis?
Progression of rheumatoid arthritis varies between people. It can steadily worsen or may sometimes go into remission. Symptoms tend to fluctuate. Treatment during the early stages can reduce symptoms and the damage caused to joints. Remission is common during pregnancy, but it is also common for rheumatoid arthritis to flare up a few months after the birth. In the long term, untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can cause irreversible damage to the joints, causing chronic pain and a reduction in mobility.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 26 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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