40 Celebrities Battling Rheumatoid Arthritis or Other Types of Arthritis

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Arthritis is a common condition that affects many people, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 54 million Americans  living with this debilitating disease. The disease shows up in many different forms, including rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout. Even lupus is categorized under the umbrella term of “arthritis.” All are considered autoimmune disorders. The most common symptoms are pain, swelling, and stiffness around the joints. The achiness that people feel in their hands, knees, back, or even neck is tough to deal with. It can be extremely hard to manage the symptoms of arthritis without resorting to pain medication.

Many people, including celebrities battling arthritis, treat it with a combination of doctor visits, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy if needed. Arthritis is a chronic illness that requires lots of rest and self-care. It can be very helpful to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight. That’s usually not hard for celebrities who are in the spotlight and are judged constantly on their physical appearance. But self-care can be difficult when you’re an active celebrity in the movie business, music industry, or sports world. Sports stars, in particular, have a tough time dealing with the disease, especially if they are at the peak of their careers.

This is not necessarily a disease that older people get, because there is also a genetic component to having arthritis. So if it runs in your family, you are more likely to get various forms of the disease.

When looking at all of the celebrities on our list, their careers span all forms of entertainment and sports, from dancers to actors t0 musicians. There are even some doctors and artists on the list. Arthritis doesn’t discriminate, so if you’re prone to getting the disease, it might not matter what you do for your career. Sometimes the repetitive motion of certain movements, like with athletes, contributes to the onset of the disease. It’s the most common disability for those over 55 years old.

Some of these celebrities battling arthritis have been very open about their condition over the years, while others aren’t so upfront about it. Phil Mickelson, the famous golfer, even does commercials for a specific arthritis drug that makes it very relatable for many people.

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from arthritis, maybe you’ll find some common ground with many of these celebrities battling arthritis. It’s always nice to know that you aren’t alone. By hearing their stories about how they cope and live with it in their day-to-day realities, it may help you feel better about yours.

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