Chronic fatigue is one of the most unfortunate parts of Rheumatoid Disease. It is not only a symptom of the disease but a side-effect of the medications.
I was one of 1,954 people with Rheumatoid Arthritis who completed National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society’s survey on the impact of chronic fatigue for those living with RA. Although I mainly use the term ‘Rheumatoid Disease’ now rather than ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis’, in this context I’ll use RA. It’s no surprise that 83% of survey respondents ‘felt that the public is not at all aware of the impact that chronic fatigue has on people’s lives’. I think the general public get confused between RA and Osteoarthritis (OA) and find it hard to understand the full implications of living with an invisible illness. I think this is partly due to how the media covers rheumatoid arthritis and because fewer people have RA than OA. (According to Arthritis Research UK, 8.75 million people (in the UK) have sought treatment for osteoarthritis). In contrast, according to NRAS, around 690,000 people in the UK have RA…
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I am going to start using Rheumatoid Disease, thanks for that. I think they should stop calling it arthritis because people do not understand it is not osteo and think I am lying when I can’t make it to work because of swelling and pain..
I definitely get a lot of suspension of belief as it suits people! I hope things get better for you, in respect to people understanding your situation!