Chronic Pain patients tend to minimize their pain. pain *i don't really care about seeming normal. i just don't want my family to know how bad it is, because there is nothing they can do. no reason to make them feel bad too.
There's a HUGE difference between regular arthritis from wear and tear of the joints, and Rheumatoid Arthritis that is caused by a systemic autoimmune disease that can attack virtually every organ in the body and can be deadly if not treated correctly!