This is something I can't quite get my head around after 15 years...am I diseased? I take disease modifying drugs. Most literature talks about 'your diease' or 'arthritis is a disease'. In my head though 'disease' is linked to medieval imagery of boils and pus and warty eyes and fingers dropping off so I don't make the link back to little old me. So what is arthritis? Obviously it can be named lots of words that would earn me a life time ban from the forum
but is it an illness? a condition? is it actually a disease after all? How do you see yours? It's all a bit meaninglessly philosophical I know but this classification is something I really struggle with in terms of how to identify it and how it sits on me. A big pain and not just in the bum is as close as I've managed over the last 15 years.