How do I explain?
I've just seen you have all said that you struggle to talk to family and friends, and it is really hard to do. But maybe they are waiting for you to help them to start a conversation about how arthritis affect you and how they can help. Here's what another person shared on our website https://www.versusarthritis.org/
Communication is hard but there is help in the section on your relationships. I find using I messages really good, so saying At times I need to choose whether I want help and what that help is to be.
I do hope that hasn't been too much information, it is wonderful you have each other to care for now and that friendship can last for ever - I hope 🙂