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.
Drugs for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can slow down the disease. However, after joint damage has occurred, surgery may be a reasonable option. Advancements in surgical treatment are giving people with rheumatoid arthritis more chances to maintain function and keep moving.
Having surgery is never something to enter into lightly, but sometimes it can really help. When is the right time for surgery for rheumatoid arthritis, and what can you expect?
There are a couple of reasons to choose surgery...