Or ‘How I cope with chronic pain as a sensitive person without losing my marbles’

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.

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