Pain is invisible, and impossible to measure with physical exams, labs or scans. So other people might not understand or believe it when someone says the pain is real. There are good days, but those can be followed by a cascade of bad days. And trying to push through or put on a cheerful face is rarely a solution. When the pain returns, everything else falls by the wayside. People who live with chronic pain can end up feeling alone and depressed, thinking no one cares, when the truth is friends and family just don’t know how to help. The stress of social isolation only makes symptoms worse.