Patients Rheumatoid arthritis
Depression and RA
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I have had RA now for about 5 years. I used to work as a full time dental hygenist however since my RA has gotten severe, I am left to temporary jobs because I cannot seem to get any place to hire me full-time... I am thinking it is because I move much slower than I used too and it takes me longer to the severe RA in my hands and feet.
I will be honest it is very hard for me to even do my job due to the severity; but I have to pay bills. I am 4 years away from SS benefits, but I am considering applying for disability.
How do you manage with the depression when you can no longer function doing the jobs you once did? Please help.
I definitely understand where you are coming from. RA is not something easy to deal with. Are you seeking medial help for the depression? I know when I first began to realize I was not going to be able to do the things I used to be able to do, it was a very difficult realization and I too hit depression.
I found being around family and those supportive of me really helped. Are you in discomfort from the RA or is just a lack of flexibility/ache that prohibits you from being able to do the things you used to do?
I know on my end, I have pain in hands and feet, but I have spoken to others who say their pain is minimal, but they are just depressed about the limitations because of the deformity and lack of flexibility in their joints.
Why haven't you applied for disability? It sounds like it has made it very difficult for you to perform your job and has affected your income.
@Kerri4, it is porbably more of a pride thing, but I did not want to apply because it is hard telling yourself you cannot work anymore. However, as more and more people have asked me this, I am in the process of applying. I have a son that is finishing law school and is going to help me out with the process. It is not easy not working - sounds weird.
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