What is it really like to live with Rheumatoid Arthritis?


Patients Rheumatoid arthritis

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Hi Carenity Members,

I am hoping that the community here at Carenity with Rheumatoid Arthritis will use this forum to post what life is really like when living it with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Please post your story about living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Include information that you feel would be important for a newly diagnosed person, family member, or caregiver to know.

The goal is that this discussion turns into a useful part of the forum where new users, current users, family members, and caregivers could come for helpful information regarding what life is like for those living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Through a community we are stronger.

Beginning of the discussion - 11/29/18

What is it really like to live with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Living and working with RA is a never ending battle of decent days and bad days... no day is a good day. Stiffness and pain is constant, no matter the medication. Medication and treatments may help alleviate it to a degree, but never completely. You start having difficulty doing the most simplest of things, become frustrated, and can get depressed. What used to take you a couple of minutes (like laundry), now takes you 10!

You try to attend events, but after a long day of work, especially with a bad day, you are too exhausted to do so.

A big part of the battle is mental also. You have to be mentally strong, or at least try to be. Depression medications may be necessary.

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