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

82 percent taking medication every day. 68 percent of respondents claim that they constantly look for new pain relief therapies to help them cope.

Bert Kelly, Communications and Public Relations Manager, and spokesperson for UCB, commented "Many people underestimate the amount of pain associated with having rheumatoid arthritis because women tend to hide their discomfort well. Furthermore, nearly half of patients don't talk about pain control with their physician, which is a huge problem especially when a 'good day' is described as a pain free one for the majority of respondents." He continued "Over 1.3 million Americans live with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, and so there is still a need for rapid acting treatments allowing patients more pain free 'good days' and to have an improved quality of life over a sustained period of time."

Having to choose comfortable clothes rather than fashionable ones, constant daily pain during everyday activities like cooking, emotional distress and a feeling of isolation are some of the other ways that RA impacts the lives of people living with the disease.

About the U.S. 'Good Days' Survey

The U.S. 'Good Days' Survey was conducted in August 2009 as part of a global initiative assessing the lifestyles of women with rheumatoid arthritis in seven major industrialized countries. Objectives of the Survey included identification of the physical and emotional impact of RA on day-to-day lives of women living with the disease.

Around 300 American women aged between 25-65 years with RA for over six monthswere interviewed online about the impact of the disease on their lives.

About Rheumatoid Arthritis

It is estimated that 5 million people suffer from RA globally. In the United States alone, an estimated 1.3 million people have the disease. Prevalence is not split evenly between genders, since women are three times more likely t
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