Invisible? Not to me!
My response – “yes”
On almost every Fibro site somewhere you will find a post, article, or item for sale that has the statement ~ “But you don’t look sick”.
Most weekdays for me that statement would be accurate.
Fibromyalgia is one of the Invisible Illnesses. I do my best every day to keep it “Invisible” as often as possible. (nice clothes, fun shoes, jewelry, make-up & a well practiced fake smile).
So what’s the price of looking like we aren’t sick? For me it means a few altered daily items.
What you don’t see ….
*depression/feeling so alone
*pain, bloating & gas from IBS
*allydonia; the feeling of skin feeling sunburned
*low grade fever/chills
*sitting (hurts), walking (hurts), standing (hurts), lying down (hurts)
How can we describe it to non-fibromites? Try remembering the last time you had the flu. Your body ached? You were exhausted? You couldn’t think clear? Your head pounded? You were emotional? Could you have gone to work with those symptoms? You probably would have called in sick.
I along with many other Fibromites – go to work every day with these symptoms.
These are our good days.
Fibromyalgia may be called an invisible illness but for 3 – 6 million people in the world it is very VISIBLE.