When you have arthritis, you may not always look like you’re sick or in pain on the outside. People around you may not realize you hurt, or that your joints are stiff or hard to move. They may not realize you struggle to get out of bed in the mornings, that you have to take shots or pills, or that some activities are harder for you to do. They may not know that you sometimes feel blue because you have a chronic disease.
Talk to your friends and family about your arthritis so they understand what’s going on with you. Let them know some ways that they can help you cope better with the challenges of your disease, particularly if they want to be there for you. Find out which people in your life will be good sources of support when your flares or when you feel like it’s a lot to handle. Some family members or friends could be great exercise buddies too.