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Arthritis Patients Share How It Hurts

September 30, 2021 • By

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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  2. 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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  5. Brenda L.

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

  6. 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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    • Shannon H.

      How do you think you can talk the pain away. You’ve taken us off our pain meds. Because of the war on drugs. But all y’all did was take away our quality of life. Which shortens out lives. And NO ONE CARES. Do you know the number of chronic pain patients who have committed suicide? Over the pain that wasn’t being treated. Or the staggering number that will be by the end of this year? Or about the number of people have turned to herion or meth? Or even alcohol just to dull the pain. I know before I ever become dependent on some one I’ll take my self out first. I’ve live with RA and Fibromyligia for 52 years and I’m just so tired of seeing doctors and getting no help. Give the doctors the right to give us our medications back. Because whatever life we have left ain’t worth living constant pain. How would you feel to watch your family member to die slowly from an inherited disease. Ask my children.

      • Debra M.

        U r million % right!! I was prescribed in VA on disability for rare bladder disease back neck kidney ailments u name it I had it.. prescribed high dosages pain meds for 10yrs then moved to ny cuz dot disability and that whole 703 month didn’t put roof over me and my boys head. Back to parents yucca! NY decided my Ulcers in my bladder aren’t painful when my urine fills with toxins and hits these opens sores. Rare disease ny drs never heard of it vut off cold turkey.. suboxkne no help for pain.. street pills all pressed with fentynal killed 2 my son’s last year.. wtf 1. To do in pain. Street chance lol with the 750 month disabikity pay check lol or kratom which I just found out about.. many don’t no bout this or how to take it
        red kratom for pain don’t get smoke stores. Fda tryn make this illegal too.. wat u want everybody miserable in pain and either gonna snap hurt themselves,, somebody else,, maybe the pharmacist or dr who says oh deal with ur pain…no u deal with this.. we want our lives back.. we don’t want this!!!! No only physically it sucks but mentally emotionally and financially. Pain disease thst who we were away no self esteem no laughter no hope and we can’t deal with people who abused system and hurt those in rwal need. My sisters buddy today goes pain mgnt sold her every psin pill he got today 90 pills 520.00 psid 0 medicaid paid and he qualifies for medicaid on disability and I don’t he makes more money than me wtf is wrong this is gone wrong for us NOT scamming the system and I’m done. Kratom works for opiate withdrawls if u know how to take it u won’t have any craving no sweats no sickness no withdrawls at all most ull have is afterc4cweeks hard time Sleeping sets in. Red hulu 6grsms mixed 2oz og approx shoot down like a shot yucchy tasting but works every 4 hours.

      • Fran

        My 75 year old friend suffers with arthritis in the hip/back area. We are trying our best to find him relief by getting stem cell injections, physical therapy, supplements for inflammation, …There is a crack down on pain meds and we understand because people abuse them but people need help in paying for the stem cell route. $900 co-pay needs to be addressed for people on fixed incomes.

      • Mary

        You are so right. It’s awful. And if I do ask for a pain med they treat me like I am a junkie. I live in a state that does not even hav medical MJ which does help with pain for a while. Since I had a transplant I can’t even take Ibuprofen so that leaves me with nothing. I did find an herb called Kratom that does help with the pain but the FDA is trying to ban it. I am like you, I don’t want to hear the BS about “ talking the pain away”


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