Step 6 – managing the disease long term or dealing with complications
Step 6 is advanced disease and will only affect a small number of people. Advanced disease may involve organs such as your heart and lungs, which can cause serious complications, and/or may have other long-term conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Rarely, other complications such as vasculitis can occur.
Remember, the outlook for those diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis today is significantly better than it was 20–30 years ago. With important new treatments now available and effective treatment beginning much earlier than used to be the case, the outlook is much brighter with less disability, less need for surgery and fewer complications. The more you can learn about your disease and how to manage it, the better.
The links below give information about possible complications. You can also find relevant organisations that can help, including those that provide help for carers.
Information on multi-organ (widespread) disease and more practical matters
Links to information on possible eye conditions
Links to information on the possible effects on major organs
Links to information on other possible related diseases