11. Pushing Through the Pain
Constantly pushing through chronic pain is exhausting. Period.
After a while, this results in fatigue, depression, and worse pain. Don’t be a hero: take advantage of the pain treatment options available to you (within reason, of course). As with any disease, there’s no reason to suffer if you can avoid it.
Be sure to address your mental health as well, whether you need to take a mental/physical health day from work. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about the struggles you face.
Arthritis is, for the most part, an invisible illness which makes you more likely to ‘just deal with it’. But you don’t have to. More importantly: you shouldn’t.