Daily Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

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    People ask me all the time how I am feeling. It used to be something that didn’t bother me. Then I became sick.

     

     

     

    Smiling through Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

    When I first became sick people would always want to know how I was feeling. At first I would just smile through the pain and reply, “I feel okay.” After all, that is the polite response isn’t it? No one asked me if I was in pain or how I was coping. No one asked if I was tired or if I needed help. No one asked me anything. They didn’t question that I was feeling okay. I started to suspect that either no one cared, or they felt awkward and didn’t know how to react to me feeling sick.

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    The awkward silence

    The awkward silence soon followed. You have probably experienced this yourself. It’s the silence that comes when you enter a room full of friends and family. It’s the silence that is terrifying to me. People would stop conversations when I entered the room. It was almost like they couldn’t continue a normal conversation with a “sick” person. I don’t think they ever realized they were doing it, but I noticed it everywhere I went.

     

    One day I had one of my friends as me how I was feeling. I normally would tell her that I felt okay, but this time I couldn’t pretend that I was. I replied, “I am in so much pain that I dread going to sleep at night because I know that I will eventually have to wake up in severe pain. I can’t open my own bottles of medication, and I will have to spend a week watching the disappointed looks on my boys faces when I tell them that I can’t play with them.”

    She didn’t say anything after that. Not one word, just pure silence. This silence was more comforting though. I felt relieved. I decided from then on, not to hold back my feelings. I was no longer going to allow people to think that I was just fine. Why should I when everyday is a constant fight?

     

     

     

    I want to know

    So today I want to know. I don’t want any false “Okay’s”. How are you really feeling? Are you in pain? Do you need help? We are all here for support. Let’s support each other!

Published On: April 07, 2008