Hi all :) This is my first time posting here. Wish it wasn't a "rant"! But, here it goes: My frustration is at an all time high with not knowing how to respond when someone asks how I am. As most of us know, many people who ask that question don't really want to know. Typically, it's asked out of politeness. They expect a short polite reply in return & they move on. I keep trying to revise my go-to response because none are working. I'm constantly wrestling with: should I be honest or not. I have to think about who's asking & whether or not they know I have chronic pain (among other things). Is my boss asking? A family member? Which family member? Almost always, if it's someone who I think wants to know the truth, I'm still met with either the look that says, "ugh, here we go again", or, "it can't be that bad, you're too young, you still work, etc". Mostly, I get people who've said: "it's not all about you", "it'll get better", "someone I know has 'xyz' & they can't even get out of bed". Or, I have a time limit when I talk about anything. Most of the time I don't say anything because I don't want to hear any of the ridiculous, hurtful replies. But, also because I get cut off a lot. Other people are allowed to go on and on while I listen. But, if I have something to say, no one cares. And forget trying to explain Fibromyalgia or any other chronic invisible illness I have. But if I don't say anything, or lie & say I'm fine, I'm being rude. Ugh. So frustrating. Can't win. Anyone else?