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Many OA Patients Face Continuous Pain

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The "OA Nation" report, published by the charity Arthritis Care (April 5, 2004), showed that many individuals in the United Kingdom (UK) live with constant pain and find it hard to do everyday tasks, and some find it difficult to get out of bed because of their arthritis. The comprehensive study involving 1762 patients in Great Britain showed that 81% were in constant pain. Women with arthritis outnumbered men by 3 to 1. Also, the patients experienced pain for an average of 12 years, but some had symptoms for >25 years.

Furthermore, the study revealed that many arthritis patients do not seek medical advice, and half do not visit a physician unless they have frequent episodes of excruciating pain. "The UK falls short at every stage of the arthritis management pathway, judging by the experience of people with osteoarthritis [OA]. And, people with arthritis are not aware of what is available," said Neil Betterridge, director of public affairs for Arthritis Care.