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.
Rheumatoid nodules are firm lumps located under the skin. The nodules grow close to the affected joints. Rheumatoid nodules can be as large as a walnut or as small as a pea.
Twenty percent to 35% of adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) get rheumatoid nodules. Sometimes the nodules are movable. Or, they can be firmly connected to tendons or fascia under the skin.
Rheumatoid nodules are often found at pressure points, including:
The nodules can also...