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.
If you have moderate to severe RA, you are no stranger to pain. You also know how difficult it can be to find a doctor who will help you manage that pain. There are a lot of options available for pain management, but fewer and fewer doctors willing to prescribe pain medications. Part of the reason for this is the abuse of…