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Family and Friends Not Understanding RA

Posted on January 06, 2019

"I know RA is difficult for others to understand... It is hard feeling like I am judged for having pain." - A member on myRAteam

Finding support and understanding from friends/family after an RA diagnosis is not always easy. The lack of empathy from family and friends can sting and cause isolation.

On myRAeam, the social network and online support group for those living with RA, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Friends and family not understanding RA are one of the top topics most discussed.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about friends and family not understanding:

Is your family in denial about your RA more than you are?

Has anyone experienced their family and friends suddenly experiencing "Sympathy Pains" that mimic RA?

Does anyone else feel like a wimp when they have to admit that they are just not having a good RA day?

I just feel as if family/friends/significant others don't understand when you say you aren't feeling good.

Here are some conversations about friends and family not understanding:

I hope I can help my husband see why I am not the fun girl who used to be able to party like a rock star. Always feeling guilty that I can't keep up...

My biggest problem is... I don’t feel my husband, family & friends have a clue what I go through. There are days I barely have an ounce of energy but I push myself.

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to myRAteam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A myRAteam Member said:

That's Terrible I totally understand

posted 24 days ago

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