Arthritis, in all of its forms, affects millions of Americans. Chances are, many of you come in contact with the disease in some form every day. Despite this, the lack of knowledge that exists about an illness that affects so many is shocking. Many of my regular readers know I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis myself, so I can speak from experience — the amount of disinformation I come across on a daily basis still surprises me after so many years. Well, I’m here to dispel some of the more common myths.
As you can imagine, being afflicted since the tender age of nine has provided me the opportunity to educate myself about my condition many times over. When I was first diagnosed with a disease called Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, there was little to no information available. Keep in mind, 25 years ago there was no such thing as WebMD, and the Internet was still a private network. Discerning the difference between fact and fiction was a difficult task, but there are several misconceptions that stand the test of time.