Meeting new people, arranging dates and investing in romantic prospects are all part of the dating game. But exploring dating options alongside managing a chronic illness means redirecting energy from finding love to maintaining your well-being, so striking the right balance can be complex.

An estimated 157 million people in the United States live with some form of chronic disease, states the National Health Council. The different forms of arthritis affect 24 percent of all adults in the U.S., or almost 59 million people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 350 million people are affected around the world.