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To mark National Arthritis Week 2015, we asked people with arthritis to share their day, to shape our future.
We understand that the pain of arthritis is invisible, and that trying to explain the impact that it has on your day can be hard. We recently surveyed women with arthritis; 28% of women feel people don’t understand what it’s like to live with joint pain and, despite talking about it, they feel lonely.
So this year, we gave people with arthritis an opportunity to talk about the pain they experience on a daily basis. Almost 1,000 people shared their challenges and triumphs with us and we’re now busy reviewing everyone’s story to guide the research we fund into pain and fatigue.
The Share your day, Shape our future campaign has now finished by you can still read everyone’s stories or share your story with us.
If you're often in pain it can be hard to share how it makes you feel. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf shares her tips on how to put your experience into words.
Professor Philip Conaghan is running clinical trials to investigate whether existing drugs for other conditions can be repurposed to target the pain of osteoarthritis.