African Americans are 17% less likely to report having arthritis. At the same time, they are almost twice as likely to have severe joint pain and work limitations and weaknesses as a result of their arthritis.
African American women may often choose to tolerate pain and ride out the storm because they have so many responsibilities and obligations. You may even struggle with saying no, feeling like you have let someone down. It is important to acknowledge your joint pain and continue to understand the importance of movement. Life happens and becoming sedentary and moving too little during the day can easily "slip up" on you.