When you experience the initial symptoms of arthritis, it's normal to feel anxious and afraid. You just want to stop the pain and for other symptoms to go away. Early on, you have more questions than answers and it's unsettling.
If you let your mind wander and focus on worst-case scenarios, that just feeds your fear. I've put together a list of common fears in 10 Things People Fear About Arthritis and added a smidge of perspective.
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