Strategies to strengthen relationships with rheumatoid arthritis
Over the past decade, readers have commented and emailed me many times about their relationships with rheumatoid arthritis. Both relationships with significant others and with other family members, as well as friendships can be strained by the effects of RA. We’ve often talked about how others have trouble understanding the invisible symptoms of rheumatoid disease. The divorce rate is higher with RA and the disease can test other relationships as well. A diagnosis of RA can add pressure in significant areas like schedules, employment and finances that can broadly affect relationships.
Healthgrades asked me to write about strategies for people with RA to strengthen relationships. I know readers will enjoy this brief article on ways to ensure that relationships for people living with RD are as strong as possible.
Strengthening Relationships with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and relationships is not the first thing one learns about managing the illness. But living with a painful progressive disease like RA does place extra stress on your relationships. Over the years, I’ve seen how RA strains both friendships and marriages. The divorce rate is higher with RA. And yet I have seen several marriages become firmly cemented through the process of managing RA. What kinds of things do people do to strengthen their relationships while living with RA?
How to strengthen a relationship when RA plays a part:
1. Bring your partner with you to a medical appointment, such as an infusion treatment. This is an opportunity to see and learn more about the disease and appreciate it’s not something in your head.
2. Share a blog post link or a social media page where you find support. They’ll learn by hearing from others with similar experiences to yours.
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