Information & encouragement to fight RA
My RA frailty fluctuates depending in when it attacks and partial remission gets disrupted.
I feel frail today after a busy weekend. I felt frail then too but I pushed through and of course I am at a standstill today. The thing with RA frailty is that I don’t look frail – people tell me I look well. So if I say i’m having a rough time it must sound ridiculous.
I have RA/RD,along with several other medical additions that decided to tag along for the ride, I don’t see myself as frail,but maybe others see something I don’t. I think my attitude helps me to keep my sense of humor about all of this…
I noticed it right away. I’ve never heard a name for it. My strength continues to decline. I’m quite concerned about it and have considered myself “frail” for years.
Do you have any specific examples of what you notice as frail or strength decline?
This article touched me in a deep way.
Just needed to hear it from someone else.
Yes! This is HUGE problem for me. I am 48, I had Juv. R.A and went into remission for years. After I had my kids, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. About 5 years after that my R.A. symptoms started to reappear. I was SO active and now I have NO energy, yet still have to keep after my 2 kids and everyday life. I am struggling just to get up, shower, dress, get kids off to school..shop..cook, etc. !
Then the weekends come and I have to TRY to find the energy to go have fun with the kids. Try to have energy to have fun? Thats something I NEVER thought Id have to do! Too many times I have to say NO to fun bc if I do too much…I KNOW Ill get a bad flare and then Ill be down for days! I cant do that when I have kids to take care of! I try to explain to Doctor and they say..basically NOTHING to help! The pain Ive learned to deal with…but giving up SO much of my life bc of the Frailty of this dumb disease is literally killing me! So…YES! talk about this so that Doctors and get a CLUE to what its really like and maybe someone will start researching and try to help us!!!! If I am like this at 48, what will it be like when Im 68? And NO ONE who doesnt know about R.A understands AT ALL! They look at me like I am lazy and rude bc I always say no to going out or doing extra things! Or do they offer to help me do normal everyday things bc THEY DONT GET IT! So So Frustrating!
I am also a 40 year old with JRA. I understand. I live the same way and feel bad when I have to say no. My husband giving credit where credit is due, is amazing. He has started to recognize what he calls “my pain face” along with a few close friends. I hate it, and just want to scream” I am too young for this crap”. Just know that there are others out there who get it.