It's no surprise that sometimes people say things they don't want to — or mean to. Especially when they're talking to someone with a disease like fibromyalgia, that is not fully understood by those who don't live with it. Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness, and chronic illnesses affect around 133 million Americans.
To help you learn more about what you shouldn't say to chronically ill people, we've put together this list of seven things you should never say (source: healthline.com): 1. "You look fine! You don't look sick at all!" Again, just because you don't see the disease, doesn't mean it's not there. How someone's feeling may not be visible, but that doesn't mean they don't feel extremely tired, that they don't end up exhausted by climbing a few stairs, or that they don't feel sick to their stomach. Even a fever can be "invisible." It's totally normal for patients to suffer from symptoms that stop them from doing what other people do, even though those symptoms may not show. MORE: Discover 10 tips to help you through cold and flu season. 2. "I'm so sorry for you!" Pity is something that may come with comments from people who are completely unaware of what the disease actually is. The unknown is something that could be extremely dangerous — and scary. When people are trying to be nice and trying to empathize, they can express pity as a way to try and c