Highly Sensitive People and Fibromyalgia
Do you have fibromyalgia because you are a Highly Sensitive Person?! Maybe.
I am a highly sensitive person for sure. I am not sure if I was born this way, or if my childhood evoked it. But I was probably born this way, because my mother was also Highly Sensitive and so is my son.
Of course, my mother also had the type of traumatic childhood that could cause this, but my son has not. and He was definitely highly sensitive on the day he was born. I remember that well. lol.
The reason I am writing this is because I recently read this post about Higly Sensitive people and the link to fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue
I have not read the Highly Sensitive Person Book, but I have read online articles by the author, and basically she says that approximately 20% of the population is highly sensitive and always has been. She says this is good and natural and back in the old days Highly sensitive people were very valuable because we sensed danger before everyone else.
That makes total sense. Total and complete sense to me. That explains both why highly sensitive people would exist and would have evolved, and also why we would be more prone to developing fibromyalgia than the average person.
In the paper I referenced above, the author talks about a link, but does NOT say that being a highly sensitive person will make you more likely to get fibro, unless maybe if you are stressed, not sleeping, have a major infection, or have had a lot of trauma.
For me, in order to heal from Fibromyalgia, part of what I had to do was what I call emotional sculpting – which meant I had to change 2 major things. 1) What emotion I normally hung out in (it was resentment or anger – now it’s contentment or happiness) and 2) how I reacted to things.
I had to learn how to let things go. I had to learn how to choose the better thought that would allow me to calm down. I had to learn how to get calm after something got me riled up. I also had to step away from life a little bit. I learned to choose what would keep me calm and happy and stay away from situations that would get me all worked up.
There is no drama in my life. There is no angst. I avoid all of that. And if that means I stay home, so be it. I like home. If that means I don’t go to family gatherings, so be it. Other people may think I’m weird or stand-offish, but when I am one on one with people I tell them why.
“I’m very sensitive. I protect myself a lot so that I don’t get fibromyalgia again.”
If they don’t or can’t accept it, then they go on my “to avoid” list.
So how about you? Are you highly sensitive with fibro? Do you think there is a link between the two for you?
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