I just wanted to say to all those who are close to, or taking care of someone with rheumatoid arthritis; stay positive and look after yourselves too. The painful effects of RA can often be harder in many ways for loved ones (and especially carers) to cope with, than for the sufferers themselves.
As a person who has RA, I can confirm that it is possible to live with it and even hide much of the pain from loved ones (or so you imagine). However, I have seen and experienced the effects on others for myself; they worry about you, you worry about them worrying about you, and so on. Read more . . .