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Expressing chronic pain is like trying to show emotion without a face. It does not matter how hard you try, people will still not understand that just because it does not show, it does not mean it is not there.
It can be hard to say no when I really DO want to go and do something, but I know my body and some days the fun is worth paying the price for, some days I just can't. People don't understand to go to their 2-hour "event" will cost me at least 48 hours.