Chronic pain is chronic..... --- Most people cannot tell if a person has a chronic pain illness simply by looking at them. It is an "invisible" disability that people deal with everyday. Many people who do not feel the first-hand effects of chronic pain do not understand what is being dealt with.
Oh yes! The problem though is people don't understand when you're really feeling bad. I'm so good at putting on a smile even when the pain is horrible that when the mask slips people think I'm being dramatic.