You don't look sick.
Except for extreme fatigue, weight loss, and pained facial expressions, people with IBD don’t always look sick. Most of the symptoms are either hidden away from the outside world on the inside of the body or in the confines of a patient’s home. People with chronic IBD always feel a little off, so when they say they feel well, they usually feel the way people without IBD do when they claim they are sick with a belly ache or a stomach virus. A bad, sick day for someone with Crohn’s would most likely send most people running, or crawling, to an emergency room.