Do I Need a Medical ID For Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Absolutely! Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis should wear medical ID jewelry especially if:
- You’re on anti-inflammatory medications
- You’re on steroid treatments
- You take immunosuppressant medications
Those with rheumatoid arthritis are often on medications, like anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, and/or biologic agents.
These medications can have serious side effects and can cause drug interactions, which means wearing medical ID jewelry for Rheumatoid Arthritis is vital.
If your medications change often, consider listing, Multiple Meds, See Wallet Card, and Rheumatoid Arthritis on your medical ID tag along with your emergency contact information.
Here are a few examples of what to engrave on your Rheumatoid Arthritis Medical ID Bracelet:
ON MULTIPLE MEDS
SEE WALLET CARD
TAKES MANY MEDS
SEE WALLET CARD
PCN, SULFA ALLERGY
List your current medications on a wallet card and keep it on you at all times.
What type of Medical ID is right for me?
If your RA makes putting on and taking off jewelry difficult for you, we have many options to consider that don’t require clasps:
Medical Alert Cuffs are a great option for those with RA. Simply open the flexible stainless steel cuff, put it on your wrist and squeeze to tighten.
Medical ID Necklaces don’t need to be opened and closed to be taken on or off. Simply slip your Rheumatoid Arthritis Medical ID Necklace over your head.
Stretch Medical ID Bracelets are another great option for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Our stretch bracelets simply slide over your hand– No clasps!
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis, sometimes called RA, impacts approximately 1.3 million Americans. Considering that is nearly 1% of the US population, it’s something everyone should know at least a little about.
Who: In women, who make up three quarters of all RA cases, the age of onset is typically between 30 and 60, whereas men tend to develop RA in their later years. Teens and children can also develop RA, but then it is called juvenile arthritis.
What: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and a form of inflammatory arthritis. With RA, the immune system attacks the membrane that lines the body’s joints, and this causes inflammation and pain throughout the body.
Where: RA is generally focused on the joints and surrounding areas. Usually, if one joint is impacted, the same joint on the other side of the body is affected as well. That is, if your right elbow is inflamed, typically the left will be too.
When: Some people have flare-ups of RA from time to time with long, symptom-free periods in between. Others have constant symptoms that worsen over time. Early diagnosis and treatment does appear to help produce longer periods of remission and slow the progression of RA.
Why: No one really knows why people develop RA. Autoimmune diseases are thought to be generally caused by environmental triggers coupled with genetic predispositions, but there are no clear answers here. Scientists are also considering hormonal factors given that women represent more than 70% of RA patients.
As Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for Lauren’s Hope, Tara Cohen is often the voice of Lauren’s Hope. Whether she’s writing the Lauren’s Hope blog, crafting a marketing email, or describing a new product, Cohen brings a little personal touch to everything she creates.
Part of the LH team since 2012, Cohen has spent years learning about various medical conditions and what engravings are most helpful for each.
In addition to her years of experience at Lauren’s Hope and all of the research she puts into writing for LH, Cohen draws on her own life experiences to bring a human touch to the LH blog.