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Rheumatoid Arthritis Disability Makes Things Difficult

Rheumatoid Arthritis disability postRheumatoid Arthritis makes certain things difficult. From what I can tell, the classic list is opening doorknobs, jars, or buttons.  I have found many more things to be difficult than that, so I thought I’d modernize the list a bit. Got any more ideas?

Rheumatoid Arthritis disability makes things hard.

No one thinks about…

   

       

  • Peeling a sticker
  • Closing Ziploc bags
  • Opening a Band-Aid
  • Using dental floss
  • Tucking in sheets
  • Killing a bug
  • Washing hands
  • Applying lotion
  • Remote control
  • Laptop on lap (hips / knees)
  • Walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night
  • Using clothes pin-type hangers
  • Putting socks on a child
  • Opening the refrigerator door

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Kelly O'Neill Young

Kelly O'Neill (formerly Kelly Young) has worked over 10 years as an advocate helping patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the author of the best-selling book Rheumatoid Arthritis Unmasked: 10 Dangers of Rheumatoid Disease. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Through her writing and speaking, she builds a more accurate awareness of rheumatoid disease (RD) aka rheumatoid arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creates ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and brings recognition and visibility to the RA patient journey. In addition to RA Warrior, she writes periodically for newsletters, magazines, and websites. There are over 60,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook page. You can also connect with Kelly by on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is a mother of five, longtime home-schooler, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. She has lived over thirteen years with unrelenting RD. See also https:/rawarrior.com/kelly-young-press/

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134 thoughts on “Rheumatoid Arthritis Disability Makes Things Difficult

  • November 21, 2016 at 11:11 am
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    Just getting up each day being thankful for a new day. I use pliars to open small caps and my husband to bend and get things from lower shelves as well as lifting anything over 15 pounds.

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  • December 4, 2016 at 1:22 am
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    Lifting pots and pans and grocery shopping. Pushing shopping cart.
    Driving due to wrist and elbow pain.
    Short spurts only of walking/vacumning/tidying up/shopping due to knee pain and fatique.

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  • December 6, 2016 at 7:13 am
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    Braiding, washing, and brushing my hair
    Painting my nails
    Eyeliner, just everything about it
    Plucking my eyebrows
    Zippers on boots
    Chopping anything
    Using chopsticks
    Wrapping presents
    Tampons, just everything about them (TMI I know)
    Unlocking doors
    Getting cards out of my wallet
    Washing dishes
    Safety Pins
    Those pills where you have to pop them out of a card
    Or from a bottle those suck too
    Scrubbing anything
    Those tiny buckles on shoes
    Not being able to get a grip on my knee brace because my hands are being stupid
    The worst is explaining why my signature varies so drastically based on the day

    Tips:
    Buns using hair sticks with some form of large ornament you can grab rather than tiny pins, it’s about leverage rather than the motion of hair ties
    My mother gave me compression gloves for my hands and wrists last Christmas and they are a blessing
    Magnetic clasps for anything you can get them on
    There’s this thing called the Vamp Stamp coming out soon for eyeliner
    Use the end of a chopstick or the back end of a pen to pop out pills from cards
    Opening soda cans, take a sturdy spoon and shove the end of the handle under the tab and press on the spoon end, you use leverage instead of grip
    STOP WEARING HAIR TIES ON YOUR WRIST THEY MAKE EVERYTHING SO MUCH WORSE
    Get tested for a Vitamin D deficiency. Apparently I had one on top of my RA and other diagnoses. Once they put me on some supplements my symptoms calmed noticeably. (Though on occasion I can’t really tell the RA pains from the pains caused by my other issues)

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  • December 6, 2016 at 7:13 am
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    Braiding, washing, and brushing my hair
    Painting my nails
    Eyeliner, just everything about it
    Plucking my eyebrows
    Zippers on boots
    Chopping anything
    Using chopsticks
    Wrapping presents
    Tampons, just everything about them (TMI I know)
    Unlocking doors
    Getting cards out of my wallet
    Washing dishes
    Safety Pins
    Those pills where you have to pop them out of a card
    Or from a bottle those suck too
    Scrubbing anything
    Those tiny buckles on shoes
    Not being able to get a grip on my knee brace because my hands are being stupid
    The worst is explaining why my signature varies so drastically based on the day

    Tips:
    Buns using hair sticks with some form of large ornament you can grab rather than tiny pins, it’s about leverage rather than the motion of hair ties
    My mother gave me compression gloves for my hands and wrists last Christmas and they are a blessing
    Magnetic clasps for anything you can get them on
    There’s this thing called the Vamp Stamp coming out soon for eyeliner
    Use the end of a chopstick or the back end of a pen to pop out pills from cards
    Opening soda cans, take a sturdy spoon and shove the end of the handle under the tab and press on the spoon end, you use leverage instead of grip
    STOP WEARING HAIR TIES ON YOUR WRIST THEY MAKE EVERYTHING SO MUCH WORSE
    Get tested for a Vitamin D deficiency. Apparently I had one on top of my RA and other diagnoses. Once they put me on some supplements my symptoms calmed noticeably. (Though on occasion I can’t really tell the RA pains from the pains caused by my other issues)

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  • February 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    Putting gas in the car or paying for anything when I have too enter numbers into the kiosk, getting the credit card out of the wallet, squeezing toothpaste onto the toothbrush, closing the trunk of the car or the car door, hand shakes, sweeping , using the hair dryer, curling iron, and the nail clippers can be awful! Texting, etc…

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  • September 14, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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    Those stupid plastic bags for produce at the store on a roll – I can’t ever get them open! Jars, bottles, lids, safety/plastic/foil barriers, blister packs, wet laundry, handwriting, typing – and that’s just the hands!

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  • January 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm
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    I have been a manicurist for over 20 years…Its taken my career…

    I was sad at the comment above that she could no longer get nail services…I could have done it for you gently…I had quite a number of clients with varying conditions and arthritis…

    As far as, my list of things it has made more difficult…You guys have pretty much nailed it….

    I’m just wondering how long before I cant type at all…

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