how many young people have ra

scottishbuird Member Posts: 8
edited 19. Nov 2012, 12:46 in Young people's community
I am 29 and been told that i am really young to have ra. but how many people actually have it?


  • fowls48
    fowls48 Member Posts: 1,357
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi scottishbuird

    There are a few on this forum i'm 150 yrs so i will bump up your post .
  • lozzC
    lozzC Member Posts: 27
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hey I have just been diagnosed with RA, I am 23...

    I have to say I am struggling to keep the pain and exhaustion under control with full time job... so I feel about 80 atm!! :lol:

  • fowls48
    fowls48 Member Posts: 1,357
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh Lozz

    I must admit i am fighting the fatigue its been a week now i feel 200 yrs today .
  • scattered
    scattered Member Posts: 326
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I was diagnosed at 19, I'm now 24.

    It is estimated that about 640,000 people in the UK have RA. About 1% of the population. Of that, 25,000 are children under the age of 18 and about 20% are young people under the age of 30, if memory serves me correctly.
  • buffycat
    buffycat Member Posts: 24
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    The stats are horrid whatever way you look at them. I was 23 when the symptoms first started. Took 2 years to get a diagnosis because my GP didn't believe me and said I was too young. I moved GP....they listened and got me referred.

    That was 11 years ago now...

  • Croskell18
    Croskell18 Member Posts: 3
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hey, Im 18 and have suffered for 6years diagnosed for 4years so i guess im one of those statistics :D feel about 60 at times :P