Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system attack your joints. Body part that is usually attacked by rheumatoid arthritis are hands, wrists, elbows, feet, ankles, knees, or neck. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis includes joint pain and swelling, fatigue, and weakness. Over time, this disease will limit your movement or the worst is they can cause joint deformation.
The first confirmed rheumatoid arthritis case were probably in the late 1800s. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in men than women, but does not close out the possibility that the disease was attacking men. There are also some male celebrities that suffers from this disease. Here are famous people that diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis:
1. Lucille Ball
The comedienne suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis symptoms at her late teens. But since there are no blood diagnosis yet, it is doubted whether she really had the disease. She then recovered from severe flare-up and moved to Hollywood to pursue her movie career.
2. Rosalind Russell
In the 1960s, a severe rheumatoid arthritis forced the actress to retire from acting. She was open about the disease and honored because of her effort on rheumatoid arthritis. Congress founded the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis at the University of California at San Francisco as an honor to her.
3. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
His disease could be the first well-documented rheumatoid arthritis case in the history. Rheumatoid arthritis flare-up attack him so badly until he often unable to paint. But he forced himself to continue to paint by tying a paintbrush in his hand. He then died at the age of 78 because of rheumatoid arthritis.
4. Edith Piaf
Her rheumatoid arthritis may have contributed to her morphine and other painkillers addiction. She got first attack in her early 30s. Her biopic, La Vie en Rose, tells how she struggled to overcome her disease.
5. Sandy Koufax
The baseball player stopped playing because he got rheumatoid arthritis attack on his elbow. But it is not clear whether he really has the disease because his x-rays shows that he only has degenerative arthritis. Later in his life, Koufax had a back pain that caused by rheumatoid spondylitis.
6. Christiaan Barnard
He is famous for the first human-to-human heart transplant in 1967. He first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1956 and had to ended his career in 1983 because his disease in his hands made it impossible to continue operating.
7. Raoul Dufy
He got his first attack in 1935 and took corticosteroid medication for the rest of his life. His painting, La Cortisone, was gifted to the drug company that developed the medication. His participation in corticosteroid trial gave him a positive effects, he got more energy and renewed his appetite.
8. Kathleen Turner
The actress was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1993. Her disease wiped out her sex life and contributed to her alcohol addiction. But a proper exercise helped her to cope with the illness, while rheumatoid arthritis medication is keeping it under control.
9. James Coburn
The macho actor had retired temporarily from his acting career in 1980s because of his rheumatoid arthritis. In 1990, he continued acting and even got an Oscar for his role in Affliction. He died of heart attack in 2002.
10. Peter Paul Rubens
The Flemish Baroque painter may have had rheumatoid arthritis because his symptoms were more likely due to rheumatoid arthritis. His paintings also showed the hands deformities and swelling, a characteristic of progressive rheumatoid arthritis.