A very good friend of mine, previously active and energetic has been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis. He is about 60 years old and has never suffered any joint pain before. The onset was alarming rapid apparently from no pain to all joints in pain in a matter of weeks with significant restriction in movements. He is awaiting the results of blood tests etc but everything seems to point to RA. I have had OA since I was in my 30s and now in my 60s and following knee replacements etc have become accustomed to pain but for my friend it is a new experience. I want to be positive when I am speaking with him but he is no fool so I need to be upbeat without being dismissive of his fears. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you.