i read today a blog by the Rheumatoid Warrior an American lady, she has been campaining to have the name of RA changed so that the great public could recognise and understand what we all have.
The US group have decided on
Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease RAD
The arguement is as soon as we say arthritis everyone has it even the budgie; we are then on the back foot trying to explain that ok we ache we hurt BUT we get ill. As soon as the RAD starts its revolt the fatigue comes on that burdening weight on your shoulders which hurt like hell, your feet hurt down to the smallest joint on your little toe. Your muscles and tendons hurt and if your inflamation is very high it can effect your liver, kidneys, heart and lungs, You may get secondary dideases srjogrens, Lupus and a whole lot of other nasties.
They on the otherhand have osteo in their knees yes it hurts but i'm sorry your not ill. My sister has osteo I have argued this point and won.
So when people ask whats wrong with you answer....
RHEUMATOID AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. I expect the questioner will then say whats that?????
Have a go, RAD that's all folks.
Tricia - P xx