In addition to painful symptoms and physical limitations, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), like
most chronic illnesses, can impact the lives it touches. It is important to talk
to your doctor to help manage any issues that arise.
Family Life—Because RA most commonly occurs between the ages of 30 and 50,
it can impose limitations on aspects of family life.
Financial Implications—Managing rheumatoid arthritis can incur economic costs.
A financial advisor or counselor may help you plan and manage any financial changes.
Emotions—The diagnosis of a chronic illness can bring about a variety of
difficult feelings. It may help to seek advice from your doctor, a counselor, or
support group to help manage any issues that arise.
Though rheumatoid arthritis can have a significant impact on your life and the lives
of those around you, maintaining a positive attitude and coming to terms with having
a chronic condition is an important step toward managing your disease.
As with any chronic condition, maintaining a positive attitude can go a long way
to help you manage RA. Reaching out to your family members and friends for their
help and understanding can also make a difference.