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Rheumatic diseases are painful autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause the immune system to attack a person’s joints, muscles, bones, and/or organs. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, gout, scleroderma, and psoriatic arthritis are some of the most commonly known. Chances are, if you don’t have a rheumatic disease, you know somebody who does. More than 54 million American adults – one in four – have been diagnosed with one.


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You can help us advocate for better rheumatic disease care by answering a short survey.

support rheumatic disease research and training

The Rheumatology Research Foundation funds research to improve the lives of people with rheumatic diseases and awards and grants to recruit and train rheumatologists.

2019 national rheumatic disease patient survey

A national survey revealed what it’s like to live with a rheumatic disease. Find out the results and consider sharing them with others.



Rheum4You Resources

Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month is over, but not our efforts to raise awareness about the impact of rheumatic disease. Please take the opportunity to view (and share) this year’s public service announcement (PSA) to learn how Venus got back on top of her game after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome. And be sure to read our latest Rheum4You blog posts and subscribe to the blog.


Public Service Announcement



  • Kids Get Arthritis Too

Explaining Arthritis to Your Child

July 27, 2020|

After a child has been diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, the parents and the medical staff are faced with the challenge of explaining the diagnosis [...]

  • Apply to be a 2020 Advocate for Arthritis

Apply to be a 2020 Advocate for Arthritis

July 6, 2020|

Once again, the American College of Rheumatology is accepting applications for patients to attend Advocates for Arthritis on September 14–15, 2020. While this event is [...]