Getting arthritis in their 20s: Condition affects not just the elderly

Ms Adelin Wong said she feels lethargic while carrying her son and, at other times, she is unable to run after him. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
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SINGAPORE - Young people are often shocked or in denial when told they have arthritis because they think it affects only the aged.

This may stem from how arthritis is often associated with rheumatism, and the perception that arthritis refers to osteoarthritis, which indeed affects older people more, says Dr Anindita Santosa, a consultant at Changi General Hospital's department of medicine (rheumatology).

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