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What is an invisible illness?….fibromyalgia

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When I created my blog, one important aspect of this was to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia.  Since being diagnosed 16 years ago, I’ve found, others don’t understand how I could have an ‘invisible illness’. 

 ‘You don’t look ill’….

Is something I often hear. Because it’s is not a visible disability, I look normal and people are sceptical about the validity of it. 

People judge others in a critical way sometimes. If they have no knowledge of friends or family with a chronic illness, like fibromyalgia their understanding is limited.

I may not look in pain. Not all illnesses are visible all the time. If you have suffered from back problems or migraines you would be aware of this.

Fibromyalgia is a real medical condition, which can be referred to as a disability for some.  It causes chronic pain and fatigue throughout the whole body. The pain can be debilitating and constant. Some days it can get better or worse. It is not visible for most sufferers.

You may ask, if you know someone or meet someone with fibromyalgia. What should I do?  Showing them compassion and learning about their symptoms can help a lot. Just taking the time to talk about it with them will make a big difference.

For more information about fibromyalgia look at my other web pages and on the NHS Choices website.

If you’re a Fibromyalgia sufferer like me and are looking for a way to let others know about your invisible illness the following website may be of interest to you.  🌻