A frustrated WebMD Community member writes that her family doesn't understand what she is going through with RA. They accuse her of being lazy on days when she has to sleep because the pain and fatigue are so bad. Sometimes when she talks about her symptoms, they tell her they think she is faking.
Other community members weighed in with their support. One said that family members probably aren't deliberately being unkind. It's hard for people who don't have RA to understand the illness -- especially at first when the symptoms can be so unclear, she points out. The important part is to take time for yourself and not feel bad when you can't do it all.
What do rheumatoid arthritis (RA), type 1 diabetes, Graves' disease, and multiple sclerosis have in common? One affects joints, another blood sugar. One puts the thyroid into “overdrive.” And the last condition affects the brain and spinal cord. Although the diseases seem pretty different, there is one common denominator. They are all believed to be autoimmune diseases.
RA is one of about 80 different types of autoimmune diseases. After cancer and heart disease, autoimmune diseases are the most...