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New Survey Shows Devastating Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain on Intimate Relations
Date:10/9/2009

PHILADELPHIA, October 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

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- U.S. women living with rheumatoid arthritis demand more 'good days'

- 68 percent of women living with rheumatoid arthritis look for new pain relief therapies to help them cope

- Almost 60 percent of women in the U.S. living with rheumatoid arthritis find intimate relations painful

- Rheumatoid arthritis played a role in 25 percent of divorces amongst women with the disease

A new survey of U.S. women living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) published today reveals that RA has a clear emotional impact on people living with the disease, with loss of self-confidence seen in their sex lives, in the workplace, and in their social lives. Survey findings suggest that almost 60 percent of women living with RA in the U.S. feel less self confident in their sex-life and over a third consistently find intimate relations painful, or have even stopped altogether.

The survey, sponsored by pharmaceutical company UCB, highlights that RA was a contributing factor to a quarter of divorces amongst women with the disease, and that 53 percent of the single women who responded to the survey have reported their RA is an additional obstacle in finding a life partner.

"My patients feel that their discomfort is not well-understood by family members and close associates which affects their social relationships significantly," said Roy Fleischmann, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "Many prefer to hide their degree of discomfort from others because they feel it is too difficult to try to explain pain and decreased ability and function to those who do not have these limitations."

Pain is a huge issue for women living with RA, with 85 percent of respondents experiencing pain on a daily basis, and
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