Anyone with a chronic invisible illness (like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or Crohn’s disease, to name a few) knows fatigue is maybe one of the worst symptoms. Fatigue is not just feeling tired, like you need more sleep or an extra shot or three of espresso. It’s a kind of exhaustion that feels heavy and physical. You can read about more tips for coping with fatigue here.

Since chronic illness fatigue is not a symptom that others without your disease, no matter how sympathetic they may be, can ever really understand, we rounded up some of the most impactful memes about fatigue and chronic illness from Instagram. When you’re having one of those can-barely-get-out-of-bed kind of days, look these over and know you’re not alone.

When You’re Having a Less-Than-Productive Weekend

Credit: meme_the_sick_away

When ‘Game of Thrones’ Gets You

Credit: meme_the_sick_away

When You Need to Explain Fatigue vs. Being Tired

Credit: spoonie_village

When You Have Fatigue + Painsomnia

Credit: wow_mental_health

When Getting Through the Day Is. Just. Too. Much.

Credit: persistent_joy

When Snuggling in Bed Is Basically the Only Answer

Credit: autoimmunie_spoonie

When People Think They Get It, But Don’t

Credit: brainless_blogger

When You Want to Be Productive, But Just Can’t

Credit: georgiasendojourney


When You Need a Reminder that It’s OK to Rest

Credit: makedaisychains


When Showering Is About All You Can Handle Today

Credit: spooniestruggles

When It Takes You Awhile to Recover from Said Shower

Credit: niceochain

When Your Mornings Are the Worst

Credit: rethinkdep

When You Need a Reminder that You’re Doing Just Fine

Credit: raewithme

When a Sloth Is Your Spirit Animal

Credit: chronically.strongg

When You’ve Learned Your Own Limits

Credit: thechronicills

Many of the patients and bloggers and meme creators we interview (see this interview with Cat King, or this one with Melanie Mourt) say that finding online communities, especially on social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, have been game-changing for them. We encourage you to check out  the accounts credited here for ongoing support and community online.

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