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I feel I need to hide my pain in daily life. Do you do that as well?

  1. Hi , thank you for reaching out to our community. I admire your honesty. I really wish you didn't feel this way, this must be so difficult for you. Living with an autoimmune condition is hard enough, let alone feeling the need to hide your pain. I can imagine this is exhausting for you.

    I am really glad you reached out to this community that understands. I really hope you have support from family and friends as well. While I hope our community chimes in with their personal experiences, I wanted to share this article from one of our advocates who hid her pain for years. I hope this helps you feel not alone. We are here for you.
    Jill, Team Member

    https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/living/really-didnt-know/

    1. Hi , I echo everything that Jill said. It must be hard to mask the pain, but it can be equally as hard to share such a vulnerable part of yourself with others.

      I wanted to let you know that I shared your question with our community members on Twitter. There were quite a few people that could really relate to your question. If you're interested, you can view their responses here: https://twitter.com/PsA_HU/status/1370439698150137858.

      Please know you're not alone!

      Best,
      Minel (Team Member)

      1. Thank you for your reply Jill.Brodie and minelcannucciari!

        I don't look sick. It seems like I'm attention seeking or I don't want to do my work. And... sometimes I don't want to believe it myself.

    2. sonnj, I feel the exact same way as you. When I am unable to work I feel like I am lazy, and now, when I get together with friends, I am always the one leaving first.

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