The Rheumatologist: For Arthritis Patients, Good Support Can Be Hard to Find

Some patients receive more support from coworkers than from spouses

The survey also found that:

  • 67.4% of respondents said other members of the household are sometimes or never aware of their arthritis.
  • 64.4% of respondents said others in the household never or only occasionally take an interest in their daily issues with arthritis. This can take the form of asking questions to learn more or be more aware, reading about what it’s like to have arthritis, or generally making a person’s life easier.
  • The majority of respondents (58.4%) said they feel the most pain from arthritis when cleaning and doing household chores.

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  1. nan says:

    this is a fascinating topic because I think that overall I prefer that it not dominate my family’s thoughts so that “sometimes not being award of my arthritis” may be a good thing…not sure it that makes sense but I don’t want to be treated like an invalid and I will ask when I need help, etc. I would encourage folks to actually have a frank discussion where you lay out what you and your family all need and hope for in your relationships. That said, I agree that household chores are the single most painful thing I undertake. I also would not mind a bit more questions as to how I am doing and what do I need. But I don’t envy my family trying to figure out when to ask, when to offer help, when not to, etc. It is a very challenging part of RA. Nan

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