Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
About myRAteam

Your Answers: The Worst RA Advice (Infographic)

Posted on November 13, 2016

We asked and you answered! We posted this question: What bits of "advice" do you wish people would stop telling you? and hundreds of you took the time to respond.

What did we learn? From the unconcerned ("It's probably not a big deal") to the plain unhelpful ("Just drink more water"), advice is hurled at us from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers. While most suggestions are probably well-intentioned, hearing them over and over can make us feel that our condition is minimized and misunderstood.

Some of the most common answers we heard:

  • You were fine yesterday. What happened?
  • Just drink more water
  • Don’t get hooked on pain medication.
  • You probably don’t know how to exercise.
  • Just move around more
  • Join a gym. It will be fun.
  • You don’t look sick
  • Have you tried pain medication?
  • Arthritis doesn’t make you tired!

Everyone's situation is different and not all of these apply to each person. Tell us: What advice about rheumatoid arthritis do YOU wish people would stop telling you?

A myRAteam Member said:

The worst is when people suggest these so called miracle “Healing RA Diets”

“Stop taking those toxic meds and go on this diet to heal your RA”

Like I eat ice cream daily.. 🤣🤣

I have always been… read more

edited, originally posted 17 days ago

hug (2)

Recent articles

Have you attended a myRAteam online social yet? If you've ever thought, "I would like to discuss...

myRAteam Online Socials Schedule

Have you attended a myRAteam online social yet? If you've ever thought, "I would like to discuss...
As of June 14, 2021, more than 64 percent of Americans had received at least their first...

Life After COVID-19 Vaccination: What Are myRAteam Members Doing Now That They’re Vaccinated?

As of June 14, 2021, more than 64 percent of Americans had received at least their first...
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease with common symptoms such as...

Stomach Bloating and RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease with common symptoms such as...
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects people of all ages. Like many chronic diseases, RA...

Finding Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Online

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects people of all ages. Like many chronic diseases, RA...
“I've been married a little over a year, and I am afraid of getting pregnant, even though I want...

RA and Pregnancy: What To Expect (By Trimester)

“I've been married a little over a year, and I am afraid of getting pregnant, even though I want...
The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not yet known, so it isn’t possible to completely...

Preventing Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can It Be Done?

The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not yet known, so it isn’t possible to completely...
Because the physical impact of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be all-consuming, you may be...

How Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Affect Your Mental Health

Because the physical impact of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be all-consuming, you may be...
People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often face such symptoms as joint pain and stiffness, and...

Guided Stretching and Exercises for Joint Pain With Dr. Navarro-Millán

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often face such symptoms as joint pain and stiffness, and...
When you’re dealing with joint stiffness, pain, and other symptoms of a chronic condition like...

Meditation Techniques To Ease Arthritis Symptoms: Q&A With Dr. Blazer

When you’re dealing with joint stiffness, pain, and other symptoms of a chronic condition like...
Download the FULL recipe from this video here.Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes inflammation, and...

Can Diet Help Ease Your RA Symptoms?

Download the FULL recipe from this video here.Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes inflammation, and...
myRAteam My rheumatoid arthritis Team

Two Ways to Get Started with myRAteam

Become a Member

Connect with others who are living with rheumatoid arthritis. Get members only access to emotional support, advice, treatment insights, and more.

sign up

Become a Subscriber

Get the latest articles about rheumatoid arthritis sent to your inbox.

Not now, thanks

Privacy policy
myRAteam My rheumatoid arthritis Team

Thank you for signing up.

close