"But You Don't Look Sick!"

Resources & Information about invisible chronic illness


What is chronic invisible illness?

Invisible chronic illnesses can be defined as conditions lasting 3 months or more without visible identifiers such as bruising, redness, swelling, use of a wheelchair, etc. Examples of chronic invisible illnesses can include fibromyalgia, lupus, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), lyme disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and more.

Labeling & Stigma

 Current research shows that students with "invisible" chronic illnesses like these often report feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, frustration, and accusations of laziness by staff and peers.



Invisible Disabilities Association

Dysautonomia International




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