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Arthritis Patients Share How It Hurts

September 30, 2021 • By

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Last Updated: September 30, 2021

Ann Palmer - Arthritis FoundationAt the Arthritis Foundation, we focus on alleviating the pain and disability caused by arthritis. We have a wealth of resources and initiatives to help you navigate your specific arthritis-related issues.

Our How It Hurts report summarizes our latest findings on the impact of arthritis pain. This year’s report concentrates on three core areas: physical health, emotional and social health, and experience of care. We found that almost 90% of arthritis patients surveyed have pain that interferes with their daily lives and activities. More than two-thirds experience higher levels of fatigue than the general population.

We’re working to improve the lives of those with arthritis – both now and for future generations. Addressing chronic pain is our top priority. We encourage you to check out the following resources to help with your specific situation:

  • You’ll also want to use our Rx for Access center to help you choose the right insurance coverage, learn your rights, and appeal denials.

We also want you to know that Social Security is here for you if your arthritis is debilitating enough. Please check out their Disability Benefits page for information about their Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. These programs could help you if your arthritis is disabling and you can’t do any type of work. If you think you may qualify for disability, please visit their website today.

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  1. Geohomecorfu

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  2. Florence ".

    What I’ve found out over a couple decades is that a mass number of people including my elderly and not so elderly family members would be walking slowly every other day for years this was happening & they would say “Old Arthritis” got me today. I myself was told by a rheumatologist around yr 05 that i was suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis and was given medications for, but no relief would come. I found a new Rheumatologist and after our consultation and quite a order for the lab to check my ANA along with 13 other test, well after all these years i was taking arthritis when all this time i had Lupus SLE because Lupus is what they call a copycat disease and tends to mimic other illnesses and that was the case with quite a few relatives friends and neighbors too. You just have to ask them to go a little above and beyond to make sure it can be ruled out, because when you tell your doctor about all the joint pain and swelling they are going to automatically say it Arthritis because those are the exact symptoms & guess what? Lupus will imitate those exact symptoms as well but it won’t be any form of Arthritis at all, it’s so easy to be misdiagnosed because not a lot of Dr’s are familiar with Lupus but there is specific lab work that can differentiate to let you know for sure. It’s true there’s no cure but you can finally be treated for what you actually have so when choosing a Rheumatologist please ask him/her if they are knowledgeable of the disease Lupus because i found out myself that a lot of them were not & Lupus kills like any other disease and tons of people just simply don’t know they have it. Quite a few celebrities has it and let their fans know, but sadly Lupus had the chance to attack 1 or more major organs so if they have a flare up they will be admitted into the hospital due to the damage Lupus has caused. Now we have had many who has/ had Lupus live through the ripe age of 90 and beyond, it’s all about being tested for it and treated correctly. I may have Lupus but Lupus doesn’t have me!!! Lupus Warrior👊

  3. Karan

    Nice post

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  5. David G.

    Good one. Arthritis is not easy to live with but there is much you can do to change, overcome, or cope with the problems it presents. Your doctor and other members of your health care team can recommend medications, special exercises, joint protection techniques and devices and other self-care activities.

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  7. Charles C.

    Informative Article. Thank you for sharing this great information about Arthritis diseases also shared how it works by this patient. We all know that Arthritis is a disease that affects your joints that causes chronic pain, inability to do daily activities, and makes it difficult to walk. Actually, I am a medical student Recently I have read about the cardiovascular system from this resource, you can check more info where they have shared lots of effective information and essay ideas about it that can help me to write my academic research paper on this topic. So I am also very glad to read this good information about Arthritis diseases. Appreciated the author.

  8. Brenda L.

    I have bursitis. Is that some type of arthritis ? It’s the worse pain I ever felt.

  9. Debbie

    I’m so sorry for all of you. I suffer with Rheumatoid, Osteo Arthritis and Fibromyalgia also sjogrens disease and Lymphodemia. I’m have degenerative spine disease with 3 blown disc in my lower back. I’m thankful for my Great Doctors I keep going to make sure I don’t loose the ability to walk I still have Pain, but I know it’s going to get worse some day.

    • Gloria M.

      i have arthitis–painful–and can’t walk–hurts-on my right—I am 61 years–old–‘why now–to–have–arthistis–‘why’–i don’t eat–bad–food–it just happen–wow—-numb ness–right leg–won’t–move–i-can’t–even–clean–the–living-room–bathroom–or–car-wash–or–standing–cleaning–up–wash–outside–“i need-to–know–why –now–

      • Mj

        God bless Signature Health Care in Boston I have chronic arthritis pain in my knee could not walk and because of your excellent therapist I can move Arthritis is a very dangerous disease God bless excellent staff

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