How do you explain RA to people when they say ""oh yeah i have arthritis too..i just take aleve .."" It seems nobody really understands what you go through and when you tell them they look at you like your exaggerating..
They really can't understand unless they have it. I just smile and change the subject. That's why this support group is so nice to be a part of we all speak the same language
I like to generally respond with, "But does your immune system actively attack your joints? Mine does" And then you can go on to educate so people can understand the difference. Gives me an odd satisfaction haha
I might start calling it rheumoid disease! Then if they say oh I have arthritis too I will say you have arthritis but I don't! I have rheumoid disease and it's totally different! Then I will see what kind of reaction I get!😍
Yep people really don't understand, so if they are really interested , i find the simplest way is to just say that it is ones own white blood cells attacking ones tissue thinking its the enemy , and that besides attacking ones cartilage it also causes inflammation in the fluid surrounding the joints hence the swelling and subsequent heat and pain and immobility . But for real ignorant, il just say oh ok.... or for those who imagine they have RA, il say don't worry because if you did have it , the sheer pain and immobility would let you know
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