You may have rheumatoid arthritis, but as long as you can laugh about it, rheumatoid arthritis doesn't have you. Take a look at 29 things only someone with RA would know.

1. You know that MTX SubQ isn’t the name of a rapper.

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2. A dollar for each time you’re told to try Tylenol would almost pay for a year of RA meds.

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3. You feel very VIP because you can get the flu shot before any of your friends.

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4. You’re a self-taught expert in “fighting with the insurance company” law.

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5. You circle other arthritis patients like a dog until you sniff out whether they have RA or OA.

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6. The identical twins of your fingers live in the sausage section of every deli.

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7. You sometimes sing “Let it go” to frozen joints.

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8. Sleeping 14 hours straight and still being exhausted isn’t weird.

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9. You have your tennis shoes … and you have your dress tennis shoes.

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10. You’d choose a pap smear over a joint aspiration any day.

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11. The pharmacy greets you by name and pulls your order when they see your car pull up.

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12. You can open a variety of household items with your teeth.

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13. Your Magic 8 Ball stats are much more accurate than your flare prediction stats.

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14. Difficult choice: cute pants with little buttons or the ability to undo buttons quickly when you really have to go.

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15. Doesn’t everyone keep injectable medication between the milk and the eggs?

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16. Steep stairs with no railings are an invention of the devil.

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17. You’ve had to ask other people for your own phone number due to the fog.

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18. You feel victorious around people who think a little old shot is the end of the world.

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19. You are most thankful at Thanksgiving for online shopping so that you can avoid mall walking and parking.

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20. Every drug company sends brochures, and clearly they want you to feel better enough to garden and play tennis.

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21. Confirmed plans aren’t really confirmed unless it’s a rheumatologist appointment. Those are set like concrete.

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22. You bling out your scooter/cane/mobility aid in that beautiful blue every May for Arthritis Awareness!

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23. If you’re stressed or busy, you WILL have an unexpected flare in a completely inconvenient joint.

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24. A single flat bed sheet can sometimes hurt you.

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25. Airport security screeners light up when they see the collection of medication in your purse.

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26. Regular hangovers have fun stories preceding them; methotrexate hangovers are just boring.

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27. You’ve given the cheesy double thumbs up as an introduction to avoid shaking hands.

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28. Your doctor asks what hurts and you sing him “head, shoulders, knees, and toes” to answer.

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29. You know where every elevator, seating area, and slip hazard is everywhere you go.

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