Rheumatoid Arthritis is not the death sentence that it once was, and there is no need to feel completely alone and helpless. In this episode, Dr. Teitel, a Rheumatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, stresses the importance of connecting with others who are suffering with the disease to seek out that emotional support.
Dr. Teitel: If you have rheumatoid arthritis and you think you have, and you haven't done anything about it, take control of it before it takes control of you. There are many chat rooms on the web that can be helpful if you're in a remote location, or have difficulty getting a support group. The Arthritis Foundation has many meetings, different hospitals have support groups, you wanna connect with other people that have it, because you shouldn't feel depressed about it because nowadays the treatment is so good, that most people can get to where they're feeling quite well. There's so much now that help patients that have it to connect to one another, and to hear about good therapies, and to see people that have had a good outcome, so that they don't have to be afraid.
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