Someone who is sick with a cold or the flu tends to really look ill -- watery eyes, drawn face, bags under the eyes. Chronic illnesses such as IBD, arthritis
, or thyroid disease
don't always show on a person's face. There are times when IBD can make a person very ill indeed, but that doesn't necessarily translate to looking outwardly ill. This is particularly true for the young people who have IBD, because they may actually look like they are in good health, even though they are managing severe IBD symptoms
. In addition, people who have IBD are masters at going about their daily lives despite how ill they feel, because if they stayed at home every time they felt bad, they'd never hold down a job or finish school. How a person looks is not a reliable indicator of how sick they truly are.