Originally Posted by mkerr
just to reitterate --> shitloads of progress has been made, far far far better outcomes than previous.
Totally true. There are way more effective treatments now compared to just 10 years ago. There are also new drugs coming out all the time.
How severe the RA is really varies from person to person. Some have mild disease which doesn't affect day to day life at all. Others have moderate disease which is harder to control. And others have severe disease which is more resistant to treatment.
The prognosis is often hard to determine. But some prognostic factors include how severe the disease is at onset, certain blood test results, and if someone is a smoker.