Do I Need To Go On Disability for my Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Ms. M., I think my rheumy is trying to convince me to go on disability, or at the very least, she’s telling me she can’t send me to work in my current condition.  I, on the other hand, really want to work, but I know I won’t be able to do it without her support.  What should I do? – Kati

Dear Kati,

Since I am not your rheumatologist or a licensed medical professional, I cannot give you advice when it comes to following or not following your doctor’s professional opinion.

It seems that your doctor is concerned about your health enough to recommend that you take some time off. If you truly believe that you are able to work, then you need to talk to your rheumatologist and ask her what your options are.  Explain what you are able to do.  Perhaps you can find a scenario where you work fewer hours. If you do physical labor, maybe you can arrange to do other, less-strenuous work – perhaps at a desk temporarily.

You don’t want to end up in even worse shape just because you didn’t follow your doctor’s advice. Remember, you have to live in your body for a long time, make sure you take care of it, because who else will care as much for you as you? — M

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