There is what is called the invisible diseases, that are not seen by the human eye. Many people do not know of FM which is Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant dull ache, typically arising from muscles. To be considered widespread, the pain occurs on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
Sure you may have seen ad's on TV that shows a person taking a pill called lyrica and then it shows that person full of energy and bubbly, or perhaps you have read something about FM but do not know of the silent pain of everyday struggle one must face just to do small things like clean, cook, laundry even walking short distances. FM is a invisible disease, as They don't look sick so people do not understand. A pill does not give you back your life or give you that energy and bubbly feeling as TV ad's show.
Beside FM there is CFS, which is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, another invisible disease which is often associated with those who have FM, and that two is not seen as someone who is crippled. Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. Symptoms affect several body systems and may include weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory and/or mental concentration, and insomnia, which can result in reduced participation in daily activities. Those with CFS also try each and every day to function, just to do the little things.
There is also MS, Multiple Sclerosis which have different stages, one appears to be fine, looks fine, talks and walks just fine, but MS has its factors of pain, fatigue and stiffness, It can cause problems with muscle control and strength, vision, balance, feeling, and thinking.
There are 4 types of MS: Relapsing-remitting, where symptoms fade and then return off and on for many years.
Secondary progressive, which at first follows a relapsing-remitting course and then becomes Progressive. "Progressive" means it steadily gets worse.
Primary progressive, where the disease is progressive from the start.
Progressive relapsing, where the symptoms come and go but nerve damage steadily gets worse.
MS is Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, which typically occurs on one side of your body at a time or the bottom half of your body Partial or complete loss of vision, usually in one eye at a time, often with pain during eye movement (optic neuritis) Double vision or blurring of vision Tingling or pain in parts of your body Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain head movements Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait Fatigue Dizziness.
People need to be more aware as to autoimmune diseases, as the next time you see someone, who appears to look fine, as you can not see any thing wrong with them on that particular moment, perhaps educating yourself and don't Judge so hastily as that person just may be a victim of one many, unknown INVISIBLE DISEASES. Yes I know of them, as I am one of those people and I look fine, and most days I feel fine, but there are days that you do not see me, hear me moan or groan or tears in my eyes when it hurts so bad to take a step, but then I use humor to get me through those bad days as to me its just how my life is, I may fall on my face, and if asked I say " I am just so happy to finally be home that I am kissing the ground I walk on, as this is my life, for there is nothing that can change and I can not cure it or fix it, but I can say with a smile on my face if you ask How I am, I shall reply "Well I don't have a toe tag yet, so Its a good day."
May more people now be aware of those who are suffering from these disabilities and stop judging those just because you do not see what may be wrong with them.
So When You see a person that does have a handicap sticker, Judge not, for they feel that they have been judged long enough.