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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Want Pain-Free Days at Christmas
Date:12/14/2009

BRUSSELS, December 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- Results From a Survey Conducted by UCB Assessing the Lifestyles of Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis in Seven Major Industrialized Countries

    - A third of women living with rheumatoid arthritis say their disease
      impacts their enjoyment of the festive season

    - Women living with rheumatoid arthritis find shopping for gifts,
      preparing holiday food, writing cards and wrapping presents most
      difficult to do

    - Nearly two thirds of women living with rheumatoid arthritis experience
      pain daily

A global survey reveals that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has a severe emotional and physical impact on people living with the disease and their families. Feelings of detachment and isolation from those closest to them due to RA are especially prevalent at Christmas, which should be one of the happiest times of the year. The survey findings of 1,958 women with RA from seven countries worldwide, suggest that 35% of women living with RA feel the disease impacts on their enjoyment of family events during the festive season.

The survey, sponsored by biopharmaceutical company UCB, highlights that 23% of women living with RA find it always painful, more difficult or have stopped attending parties or celebrations due to their condition, and 44% of women with moderate to severe RA report they don't enjoy family events such as Christmas as much as they used to. Even amongst young women (25 - 35 year olds), 28% feel their enjoyment of family events is restricted due to their RA.

Personal relations are also impacted by RA with one third of women believing the condition affects their closest relationships for the worse, and more than half feel that friends and family do not understand their pain.

"The holidays are an occasion to spend fun quality time with family and friends, not a period for anxiet
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