The pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis can damage the joints and many other organs of the body. Unlike the more common osteoarthritis, which afflicts primarily older people, rheumatoid arthritis can strike at any age. While early treatments for R.A. worked to relieve the pain associated with this condition, newer medications can prevent joint damage before it causes serious disabilities. But regardless of whether R.A. occurs in a child or an adult, stiffness and pain can make life difficult. Here, six men and women speak about their experiences with R.A.