In general, it is possible for RA to reduce life expectancy by around 10 to 15 years. However, many people continue to live with their symptoms past the age of 80 or even 90 years.
Can you die of rheumatoid arthritis?
A person cannot die from RA. However, the widespread inflammation that characterizes the condition can lead to life-threatening complications. According to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network, a person with RA may have a lifespan that is approximately 10, or at most 15, years shorter than average.
Is rheumatoid arthritis a serious disease?
Because RA is a progressive disease, symptoms typically get worse. If left untreated, it can cause severe damage to the joints and serious complications in the major organs. However, there are a number of effective treatments, and proper treatment is critical to managing the progression of RA.
How does rheumatoid arthritis affect the brain?
People with RA are more likely to have narrowed or blocked arteries in the brain – the result of systemic inflammation. This can cause problems with memory, thinking and reasoning.
What are the final stages of rheumatoid arthritis?
In end-stage RA, people may still experience pain, swelling, stiffness, and mobility loss. There may be reduced muscle strength. The joints may become destroyed, and the bones become fused together (ankylosis).