Invisible Illness: When Others Can’t See Your Pain

How to Help Others Understand Your Illness

There are a few steps you can take to turn doubters into believers when facing the challenges of invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, or other types of chronic pain.

Start with your doctor.

The solution is quite simple, says Dr. Teitelbaum. “If you have to convince your physician you have a real disease, you are seeing the wrong physician. Holistic physicians or pain specialists belonging to the American Academy of Pain Management are more likely to be familiar with these conditions.”

Try talking to your co-workers and loved ones.

Bigman had success in explaining what was wrong with her by having the people in her life read up on the medical literature about her condition.

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