Last time I wrote about dating and arthritis. This week, I came across two different articles that address the next level of a relationship when you have arthritis -- sexuality and intimacy.
A reader wrote in to Ms. Meniscus worried that -- because of her arthritis diagnosis -- no one would possibly want to date her. Dr. Laurie steps in to shine light on a relationship problem all-too-common for autoimmune disease patients.
Despite having a total hip replacement, and obvious joint deformities of the hands, I am a dance teacher and hide things very well. I never let anyone get too close and now I'm terrified of ending up alone. What do I do? -- J in Jasper
Dear Ms. Meniscus, My boyfriend and I cannot agree on a kitchen table. What do we do? -- Tammie in Tallahassee
Dr. Laurie finds that beauty, love and inspiration come hand-in-hand.
Dear Ms. Meniscus, I find myself nitpicking my girlfriend sometimes, and I don't even mean to do it ... I don't want to do it ... and it hurts her feelings. I resolve myself not to do it again, but I do. How can I stop? -- Paul in Pierre
Dear Ms. Meniscus, My ex-boyfriend has a new girlfriend he's been seeing for six months now. We live near each other, but I don't want to run into them. I like the idea of him as he was -- without her. I find myself ducking around corners anytime they're near. What do I do? -- Brooke in Boulder
Dear Ms. Meniscus, My boyfriend hates my taste in music. If he would just listen to it with an open mind, I think he'd find grunge rock very soothing. What do I do? -Tennessee Sammie
Dear Ms. Meniscus, I just know that one day my boyfriend will share the same political convictions I do. But when I say that, he gets angry. Should I just keep quiet about what I know will happen? -Oni in Orlando
Dear Ms. Meniscus, My best friend just told me she's attracted to my husband. What do I do? -Run-down Rhoda