If I had a pebble of sand for each time someone would utter those words when they learned that I had rheumatoid arthritis - I was still in my teens and twenties - I would have a pretty nice beach! Gee, I wonder why I don't hear that anymore?!
Typically, rheumatoid arthritis is seen more frequently in females. The average age of onset varies dependent upon where you look, but suffice to say that it usually develops somewhere between the ages of thirty and fifty.
There are several forms of arthritis that are seen in children, some as young as six months old. These include juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), systemic infection rheumatoid arthritis, pauciarticular JRA, polyarticular JRA, plus others.
When I was doing my BEd - ahem, years ago - I wrote a paper for an Educational Psychology class. I'm in the process of updating it; it's an interesting look at seeing what has and hasn't changed in - OK, I'll tell you - almost thirty years.
To learn more about juvenile arthritis (JA), please visit the following websites:
If you would like a more personal look at JA, please visit Gavin's Story - Living with Junior Arthritis.