It takes some time for newly-diagnosed RA patients to understand their disease. RA is complicated. It is even more of a challenge to get family and friends to understand.
RA makes no sense. One day you can’t get out of bed; the next day you’re out for a run.
Most people have heard the term “arthritis.” Most think of it as an old person’s disease. They may have an elderly grandparent or other relative with arthritis, and that is the extent of their exposure to it.
There Are 100-Plus Types of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases
When people learn that “arthritis” is an umbrella term for over 100 different types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases, they are surprised, if not overwhelmed.