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.
Being in pain can be the hardest part of living with rheumatoid arthritis. While medications help, they don't always make the pain go away completely.
Coping with pain means acknowledging that the problem is not just the pain itself. Constant pain has an effect on your whole life.
Most people with rheumatoid arthritis are faced with frequent or ongoing pain. While you may not be able to avoid pain, you can take control of the situation. Is the pain of rheumatoid arthritis starting to affect yo...