A bit of background

There are many types of arthritis, juvenille, rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, psoriatic…..  Arthritis is characterised by an inflamation affecting the joints.  This can lead to pain and stiffness and can lead to long term damage and disability.

Arthritis can affect people of all ages, but predominantly tends to affect women post-puberty and post-menopausal.  You might notice that these are times of major hormonal shift, and many autoimmune diseases such as lupus and arthritis manifest about these times, in fact, many autoimmune diseases are found at a much higher incidence in women.

Knowing this background, my arthritis is relatively “normal”. I was diagnosed when I was about 26, and yes, I am female.

I am also a scientist.

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  • Brian  On May 20, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Hi, I just recently found your website. I really admire you for your perseverance. I just recently joined a lab that had a man with arthritis, and it was visibly affecting his right hand…it was really heartbreaking to see. I have some questions about arthritis, is it okay if I got your email? Thank you very much.

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