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Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Groups and Counseling

Living with the effects of rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult. Sometimes people can feel frustrated, perhaps even angry or resentful. Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to.

This is the purpose of support groups. Support groups consist of people in the same situation. They come together to help each other and to help themselves. Support groups provide reassurance, motivation, and inspiration. They can help people see that their situation is not unique, and that gives them power. They also provide practical tips on coping with the disease.

Support groups meet in person, on the telephone, or on the Internet. Ask a health-care professional or contact the following organizations or look on the Internet to find a suitable support group. If someone does not have access to the Internet, go to the public library.

  • Arthritis Foundation
    800-283-7800

For More Information

Arthritis Foundation
PO Box 7669
Atlanta, GA 30357-0669
800-568-4045

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Information Clearinghouse
National Institutes of Health
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
301-495-4484 or toll free 877-226-4267

American College of Rheumatology
1800 Century Place, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30345-4300
404-633-3777

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Howard R Smith, MD, Chief of Rheumatology; and Director of the Pain Management Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Huron Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Health Systems; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.

Coauthor(s): Josef S Smolen, MD, Chairman, Department of Rheumatology, Professor of Internal Medicine, Vienna General Hospital, University of Vienna; Chairman, Department of Medicine-Center for Rheumatic Diseases, Lainz Hospital, Vienna.

Editors: Kristine M Lohr, MD, Associate Chief, Program Director, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Tennessee School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Arthur Weinstein, MD, Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University; Associate Chairman, Department of Medicine, Director, Section of Rheumatology, Washington Hospital Center.

REFERENCE:

McInnes, I.B., and G. Schett. "Mechanisms of Disease: The Pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis." N Engl J Med 365 (2011): 2205-2219.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/7/2014

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