A study recently reported from the Cleveland Clinic in the USA looked at people living with rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritides are chronic inflammatory autoimmune conditions that affect multiple body systems and cause considerable joint pain and low quality of life.
Both these autoimmune conditions do not have a cure at present. Though the recent addition of several DMARDs (Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs) has given hope to many, not everyone achieves long-term remission.
Moreover, these newer medications can cost a lot of money out of your pocket. In many countries like India, insurance doesn’t cover the cost of medicines used outside the hospital.
Going back to the study, it included about a hundred people, mostly women, in the sixth decade of life, who were under Rheumatologists’ care. They had either rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis. All of them received the standard of care as recommended by the American College of Rheumatology.