After my terrible hospital experience (other post) and talk with a hospital administrator, I thought of volunteering to talk to the doctors when they have their meeting about chronic pain. I'd do it for free. Who wouldn't love to have this chance. I'd show up with a nice suit and good hair and makeup and ask them to make some judgments about me. Guess what income level? I don't look as poor as dirt as I am with social security. Pain level - they'd never guess how much I hurt. Ask them why they use that pain scale if they aren't going to believe us? Ask them how smart they think I am - never guess this blonde was a member of Mensa - all those questions just to show them that they can't judge just by looking. If they knew how many times people (even strangers who see my disability plates) said - you don't look sick/disabled, they might think twice the next time they treat one of us.