Rheumatoid Arthritis is a walk down a long road with so many twist and turns so we never know from day to day where we will end up or how we will feel on that road.  This is why I ask the question “What Is Having Rheumatoid Arthritis Costing You”.

This question can be answered in 2 ways.

1. On a personal level where there is the physical pain, the loss of family and friends, the loss of support and understanding from those around you, the loss of your ability to perform in the ways that you’re use to, your physical appearance, your emotional self and this is just to name a few things for us personally.

2. The financial burden of losing your job, or while having a job, the ability to pay for your medication in cases where you need it, paying the co-pays on doctor visits, paying co-pays on medication, hospitalization if needed, paying co-pays on physical therapy if that is required and that’s to name a few things on the financial part of this.

You see having RA can cost us in ways that people may not realize.  While people think that we maybe only suffering just with the illness itself, there are those who are also suffering financially.  There are some that are fortunately to have great insurance that can help with the cost but some are not as lucky.  So we turn this around and we find with these issues, this can cause us stress which in turn can make us sick and that in itself may send us to the doctor or hospital where we may need pain medicine or money for a stay at the hospital and all of this can bring about a cost that we may not be able to afford.

So you see Rheumatoid Arthritis is costing us in so many ways, ways that only we may know and understand.

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