This blog could also be entitled – ‘How I try to cope as a sensitive person with chronic pain without losing my marbles – much’
I suffer from Post Herpetic Neuralgia, nerve damage as a result of shingles. I got shingles nearly 10 years ago when I was 27 and all the doctors told me that I would get better. I didn’t. Instead I continued to live as if everything was on hold, convinced that because the doctors told me that I would be OK, I would and it would only be a matter of time. I also handled suffering from chronic pain badly and it was only when I came down with another illness that I sought help from a therapist. She very quickly diagnosed me as being a Highly Sensitive Person, and while it is a cringeworthy title, it actually does what it says. This explains the illness and sensitivity to medications, etc.
I wanted to write a blog to get down a lot of rants that I scrawl into my journal as well as my growing acceptance of being an HSP. Being in pain is very isolating and maybe I can meet/help/compare war stories with new friends. Also, there is very little about being an HSP, so if this can help some awareness then that is cool too.