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Have You Ever Been Accused of Faking Your Arthritis?

By September 19, 2013

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Crazy question, right? Actually, not as crazy as it seems. Apparently, some people have been accused of faking arthritis by close family members or friends. You can find posts about this topic on social media and on arthritis message boards. When someone is accused of faking pain or fatigue, being lazy, or trying to get out of doing something -- it is disheartening.

From what I can discern, this typically happens because there are misconceptions about arthritis. There are aspects of the disease that are hard for patients to understand, let alone others. We can certainly rationalize why this might happen. But, all the rationalization we can muster doesn't erase that such an accusation is an attack on your character. Read more to better understand the problem and consider an approach that might help in Accused of Faking Your Arthritis?

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