How to Talk About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Our Conversation Coach Can Help

If you live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know all too well how exhausting it can be. Not just because of the pain, fatigue, and other challenges that can come with the condition—though those certainly take a toll—but also because of how difficult it is to talk about them with others.

Because the symptoms of RA are often invisible, many of your friends or family might not have any idea what you’re going through or how they can support you—that is, unless you tell them. And that isn’t always easy. You might be reluctant to talk about your symptoms because you’re worried about how others will react. Or maybe you just don’t know what to say.

When that happens, it can help to go over some talking points ahead of time so you feel more prepared, especially if you need support. Our Conversation Coach will simulate a real discussion with a friend or relative and guide you through some tips for explaining symptoms and asking for help if you need it. You’ll also find tools to help you talk to your healthcare provider about novel treatments that can resolve RA symptoms and help you live well.

Note: The conversation below addresses talking with a friend or loved one, but can be applied to other people in your life as needed.

By Robyn Correll, MPH
Robyn Correll, MPH holds a master of public health degree and has over a decade of experience working in the prevention of infectious diseases.