Invisible pain: I've stopped wearing my wrist splints during the day as I'm worried about causing muscle wastage, my wrists are starting to look weird. But then everyone assumes I'm better, although my hands hurt much more without the splints. It's got me considering why I (we, people generally) want others to know we are in pain? What to we gain from it? Sympathy? I want people at work to know, I think I want their sympathy. Mostly I think I just want them to know that I'm in pain. That if I'm a bit slower, or vague it's due to the pain. But then I don't want different treatment, or do I? I'm not sure. I'd love to hear others views.