WHAT IS AN INVISIBLE CHRONIC ILLNESS?
In simple terms, an invisible chronic illness involves:
- A debilitating physical ailment.
- Others do not readily observe.
- Continues for an extended period of time.
- Impacts sufferers to varying degrees.
Additionally, some illnesses tend to be progressive (worsen over time), while others are not. And some illnesses tend to be more debilitating than others with greater impact to careers, relationships, and activities of daily living.
Thousands of invisible illnesses exist.
Examples of invisible chronic illnesses include:
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome;
- chronic fatigue syndrome;
- multiple sclerosis;
- empty nose syndrome (ENS);
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- sleep apnea;
- chronic sinusitis;
- ulcerative colitis;
- Crohn's disease;
- rheumatoid arthritis;
- Lyme disease;
- complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS);
- cystic fibrosis.