Over the past decade, readers have commented and emailed me many times about their relationships with rheumatoid arthritis. Both relationships with significant others and with other family members, as well as friendships can be strained by the effects of RA. We’ve often talked about how others have trouble understanding the invisible symptoms of rheumatoid disease. The divorce rate is higher with RA and the disease can test other relationships as well.
I recently read where Americans spent 120 Billion dollars a year to treat arthritis and rheumatism, without a single person being cured. The best you can really hope for is some drug to mask a little bit of the pain you are suffering, but it doesn’t have to be that way.