Common Hidden and Invisible Illnesses Explained – Please share to raise awareness

If you saw a person in a wheelchair or on crutches struggling to move, would you accuse them of milking it for attention? Not unless you were a truly malign, cold-hearted individual. If you saw a seemingly healthy person climbing out of a car that’s just been parked in a disabled parking spot, would you accost them and insist that they park elsewhere? Quite possibly, but before you do, it’s worth taking the time to consider whether that person actually does need the spot, even though they seem healthy.

There’s a little insight into the world of the hidden illness sufferer. Aside from the crippling physical pain they courageously endure on a daily basis, there’s also the frustration and torment of unsympathetic observers who take their exterior appearance at face value and believe that there’s nothing wrong. It doesn’t have to be a physical illness, either. Depression is also classified as a hidden illness, as it is a medical condition which might be highly concealed but has an enormously damaging impact on a person’s day-to-day life.

For people living with hidden illnesses, a basic degree of understanding and empathy from others is greatly appreciated. If you hear someone saying profusely that they’re feeling unwell, don’t just brush their words aside as the attention-seeking whines of a serial complainer. Ask them if there is anything you can do to make them feel a bit better. A person without a chronic illness just does not know the extent of the suffering of those with such illnesses.

This infographic from Burning Nights neatly summarises 10 of the most common hidden illnesses so that we can all obtain a small level of understanding. This include multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, depression, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Lyme disease, Lupus and CRPS. Maybe the next time we see a seemingly healthy person occupying a handicapped parking space, we won’t be so hasty in our judgement.

Common Hidden Illnesses Explained [Infographic]

Invisible Disabilities – the Facts and Figures

One of the objectives of this blog is to help raise awareness of various different medical conditions. Especially those which are less well and often invisible to most people. So when Izzy asked me if I would like to share this infographic I was delighted to do so.  It gives a useful overview of some of the main conditions including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, IBD, and Lyme disease!

You can read the original here.


Invisible Disabilities

Things not to say to somebody with an invisible illness Part 3


It's all in your head
It’s all in your head


Don’t Judge by Appearances – like and share this Facebook cover to promote awareness of invisible illness.


Don’t Judge by Appearances - invisible illness facebook cover
Don’t Judge by Appearances

Please feel free to like, share and use the facebook cover we have produced to raise awareness of invisible illness and disabilities entitled Don’t Judge by Appearances.


“I don’t look sick”. Please share this brilliant graphic from Donnee Spencer telling us about life with an invisible illness

I don't look sick by Donnee Spencer
I don’t look sick by Donnee Spencer
Donnee Spencer has, over the last few years, been sharing her brilliant graphics on one of our Facebook pages Medical Identity Cards.

She has very kindly given us permission to share it on our blog. We think it is just a brilliant way of telling people about invisible illnesses such multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia. Please do share with everyone you know to help us raise awareness.

She says “Not sure how my new poster spread so fast, lol, I wasn’t quite done with it! Here is the final version in a better size for printing Glad everyone likes it!
Created my 4th poster in my MS series One of the most common things people with an invisible illness hear is “But you don’t look sick!” so I created this as a way for those who suffer to remind people that looks can be deceiving!
And I just like playing with photoshop….. ”