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.
When you're living with RA, there are days you feel OK, but you wouldn't call them "good days." You don't feel at the top of your game. Perhaps you're worried that a flare is just around the corner. With today's improved RA treatments, OK isn't good enough!
Are you getting regular checkups and seeing a specialist?
Even when your RA is less active, regular check-ins with your doctor are important. The Arthritis Foundation recommends seeing your doctor at least once a year to manage your RA...