Re: Friend is in need
Many Autoimmune disorders share similar symptoms and one, Lupus, is called the great imitator because symptoms are so general. Of all the arthritises, osteoarthritis is the most common at your friend's age and it would not be considered an autoimmune disease. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, however, and knowing which type might point you in a direction with local groups dedicated to that particular form. The danger of internet searching is that there is a lot of less than reputable sites out there with bad or wrong information, or worse yet, dangerous information. Sometimes the information is out of date, or only focuses on worst case scenarios. Many sites claim to have "cures" that only serve to "cure" the owners of said websites lack of money. Always check your sources and even then, be aware that not everything on the internet is true, helpful, or applicable to your friend's particular situation. There ARE helpful, reputable websites, such as this one, nonetheless. Did you have a specific question?