I have been reluctant to tell my friends what is happening to me, getting RA, because the answer I usually get is: "Oh I've got RA too. My fingers hurt a bit sometimes." When I try and explain that what I'm feeling is a hell of a lot different to a few swollen joints, every now and again, they look like they don't believe me. It's not a bloody competition. It's not that I feel worse than someone else, just a bit of understanding goes a long way. And my friends don't seem to think it's a big deal. So I end up not telling them.
I'm so glad I found this place and feel secure that people understand what I mean about fatigue and exhaustion and depression and everything else that goes along with it.