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29 Things Only Someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis Would Understand

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.

rapper

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

tylenol jar

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

bragging

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


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

sniffing

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

dell

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

frozen

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

sleepy

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

shoes

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

aspirations

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

pulling up

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

household items

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

eightball

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

pants

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

fridge

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

devil

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

fog

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

strong

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

online shopping

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

bills

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

skydive

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

scooter

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

mail

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

bed

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

bag

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

neighbor

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

job

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

swing

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

life
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