I know this sounds like a weird question, but had to ask because I am a little embarassed by my FM, here's why. This condition is invisible, you can look very healthy and be as sick as a dog. Family and some friends can be put off by my "I want to be alone" moods, and explaining the problems of FM to them is just plain useless. Some people who THINK they know FM have all the answers, they say "Put on a happy face, go exercise, you will be fine. Doesn't work. Alone time can be very important to me, especially during a flare up, sometimes this can be taken as "being lazy" yet, I still LOOK okay. With my FM, I can be just okay for a while, and other times anti-social depending on my pain level, fatigue level, etc, yet I still LOOK okay. This can be confusing to others, I suppose. I have to admit, I am embarassed by the complexities of this condition. If I broke my arm and I was in a sling, I feel I would be more credible to most people, hopefully, my arm would heal in time, the sling would come off, and I would be on my way to healing. Not so easy with FM. Does any of this make sense to you? Hugs, Chelz.