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Rheumatoid Arthritis – Feel alone

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis just before my 18th birthday. It seems to run in my mums side of the family but I feel alone. I’ve tried searching for people who have it around my age and can’t find anyone anywhere. My doctors have claimed they can’t put me on anything stronger than a steroid injection until I see my specialist in August but the injection hasn’t done anything and I can hardly do basic tasks now. I think the pain isn’t even the hardest part, the hardest bit is how it’s effecting the people around me, my mum feels guilty because she can’t help or stop it and my fiance gets upset if she touches and accidentally hurts me, just feel like I want to distance myself from everyone.

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  • Lauren Tucker moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi AlexLouie,

    We are glad you are here, you certainly are not alone. We have many community members of all ages and different journeys.

    We hear you when it comes to pain too, while our community may provide you with some support, here is an article community generated that may be helpful.

    Please contact us anytime if you need support, information or have questions.

    We are glad to have you in our community.

    Lauren (Community Manager

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