In health communities such as RA, you often hear people speaking about advocating for yourself. Patients may not reduce pain levels through self-advocacy, but it is nonetheless important to stand up for your rights, freedoms, interests, and passions. Make sure that you advocate for yourself in the workplace, the doctor's office, with friends, or in your marriage.
Like many other people who have rheumatoid arthritis, I live with high levels of chronic pain every day. That sentence doesn’t really tell you anything, does it? Sure, it says that I have RA and therefore significant pain on a daily basis, but it doesn’t tell you what it’s like to live inside that reality. The stigma and…