Invisible Illness: When Others Can’t See Your Pain

Invite a loved one to attend a doctor’s appointment with you.

“Sometimes, if they can hear it from a doctor that you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, that will help them accept and start to understand what’s wrong with you,” she says.

Bigman’s attempts to make her family understand her chronic fatigue syndrome were successful. She now relies on the help of many friends and family members and is working closely with several doctors to manage her illness and recover from it.

Still, she adds that even if your loved ones begin to understand your invisible illness a little better, they can never completely relate to what you are going through. That’s why finding a support group of people with your same condition can be so helpful. Ask your doctor about support groups in your area or check online for more information.

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