I feel bad for thinking this and don't know if any of you agree, however I need to vent.
As someone who has arthritis and frequents forums and things quite regularly I am well aware of the limitations this disease can cause and the pain and fatigue that accompanies it. So when I overheard a colleague at work today talking to a patient about her 'arthritis' I wanted to slap her round the face. She is able bodied, can get around perfectly well and doesn't have any joint problems. I can say this quite confidently as we get on quite well and discuss things with each other regularly.
I feel like people get a little bit tired and achey sometimes when they've overdone things and give themselves a diagnosis of arthritis when they have nothing to base it on. I wish people fully understood what it's like to have this disease. I'm 20 years old and I'm having to physically drag myself out of bed to get to work, some days even having a shower is just too much of a struggle. I work 8.5 hours 5 or 6 days a week and then get home and collapse into bed again. Some nights I'm so exhausted I don't even cook dinner and my house is a tip because I do not have the energy to tidy it, whereas this lady with 'arthritis' frequently regales us with tales of how she will clean her entire house every night after work, and play football with her grandchildren. If only I could do these things!
Maybe I'm just bitter, but I do not believe a few aches and pains can justify someone saying they have a degenerative disease without any proof and to hear her flippantly saying this with no regard as to how someone with RA feels about it just goes to show how ignorant people really are about it