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Insecurities

Insecurities

I have been suffering from arthritis for as long as I can remember, however, I was only diagnosed two years ago. Lately I have been noticing that my hands are starting to look funny. It’s hard to explain but they kinda look like “working man hands” and considering I’m a teenage girl who should have “soft, dainty hands” I’ve become quite embarrassed. Whenever I hold my hands up, say for a high five, my pinky fingers always bend awkwardly to the back of my hand. It looks super gross and multiple… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

Genna, I didn't have RA in my teenage years. But I was the tallest girl and towered over all the boys in school and I hated it. I survived by making jokes about it and laughing a lot. Try to remember everyone has insecurities especially in the teenage years. You will get thru it and laughing helps. Taking to your family and friends helps a lot too. Ask older brothers and sisters for joke material. They always know the good ones.

posted over 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Hi Genna, I’m new here but I’m going through the same thing not to mention an unsightly rash on my fingers. I was so depressed because I was feeling very insecure on top of pain and deformity. I started googling for arthritis/compression gloves and instead of ordering a pair online I found a pair at my local pharmacy. Now people may ask why you wear them but I thought that would be easier to deal with. Besides they are warm and they offer enough compression to ease the pain. The finger tips are also out which helps😉. They are lightweight too! Google them and at least that way if they have some in stock near you, you can see that before you make the trip. I hope this helps! Take care of yourself🤗

posted over 4 years ago
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