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.