Young Adults Archive - Arthritis Action


Our new video series aimed at young adults with arthritis, launches today.

#ShareToCare features Cat, 24, and Tanya, 22, sharing their personal experiences of arthritis. They discuss what they’d wish they’d known during diagnosis; tips for living with arthritis when you’re young and why it can be good to talk about your experiences. Each video is less than a minute long and can be watched here.

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Arthritis can affect people at any age. We have put together stories, news and information to help you navigate living with the condition. In our pages here, we offer helpful guidance and tips on a range of topics including speaking to your GP, receiving a diagnosis, travelling, learning how to self-manage your symptoms, and much more.


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Cat’s Story

I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis when I was 22. I’d been to the doctors (including physios, chiropractors, and osteopaths) complaining of back pain since I was 15, so it took a long while to get a diagnosis. At the time, I was going through a very stressful period, studying for both

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Dasha’s Story

My story began when I was at university at the age of just 19, after I woke up one morning with an inflamed red left eye. At first I just assumed it wasn’t anything serious, but it quickly became very painful and I realised it needed to be looked at. I was seen by a

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Jack’s Story

  I first developed signs of psoriatic arthritis when I was 34. I wasn’t living a very healthy lifestyle at the time – I was working long, stressful hours in the heart of London, and my body was always running on adrenaline and stress. I thought that was the normal thing for someone in their

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Jack Gaskin

Tanya’s Story

Having experienced symptoms since I was 13, it was a relief to finally get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia (an MSK condition) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 18. I was prescribed medication to help reduce my symptoms but I struggled to find further support and guidance. It felt like I’d been left to manage my conditions on

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Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 23. She quickly realised that people often don’t understand how difficult life with arthritis can be, particularly when you don’t look unwell. Jennifer has found that things like taking public transport to get to work, picking up her child, as well as making decisions about expanding her family have all been impacted.

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