Living with rheumatoid arthritis

Knowing how to talk about your rheumatoid arthritis with your doctor and their team is essential. The patient is at the heart of their medical care.


The medical care provided depends on the rheumatologist as well as the patients themselves, who should also have a good understanding of their illness to assist the doctor in tailoring the approach. The illness is primarily a matter of its pathology, that is the discomfort and pain that a patient may suffer, which can serve as a guide for their doctor. The patient should be able to understand the treatment they are receiving, to be aware of symptoms such as infection and to monitor potential complications of treatment (fever, cough etc.) so that they can alert their doctor early.
The active participation of the patient and a good dialogue between the doctor and the patient are essential when it comes to the effectiveness of the treatment provided.


The patient’s personal and professional environment play an important role in rheumatoid arthritis. When a person has this condition, their symptoms are not visible from the outside, but the patient is suffering and daily tasks become difficult due to the pain.
The medical team can help the patient to be informed about the disease, and specifically the difficulties presented by chronic pain. 

Article drafted under the supervision of Professor Pierre Bourgeois, Professor of Rheumatology at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, former Head of the Rheumatology Department at Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in Paris, former Vice-President of the French Rheumatology Association.

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Last updated: 31/12/2019

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