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Highly Sensitive Person and chronic illness

Has anyone heard about the Highly Sensitive Person and how they deal with ankylosing spondylitis?
I was classified as a Highly Sensitive Person while investigating why small degenerations caused by AS gave me so much discomfort and pain. After that I was very intrigued and confused about this relationship and what to do with that information.

  1. I made a cursory review of literature and I did not find any literature addressing the relationship. Perhaps some one has experience with the subject. I have not heard of one.

    rick - moderator

    1. I have always had good luck finding info on
      I think I'm going to head over there now & see if I can find something on this subject.

  2. @rafael-laranja this is is very interesting and I'll be interested to see if anyone has any feedback on it. I'm considered highly sensitive and I was told by a doctor as a child that I felt a lot more physical pain than the average person. I also just had a small procedure that wasn't supposed to be a huge deal 2 days ago and I ended up passing out in the car from pain and had to have paramedics come help me and be put on pain meds by the hospital. I don't know anyone who has had that same procedure to need any sort of medication intervention. I definitely believe there has to be a connection! -Katie, Team Member

    1. Oh my goodness, I hope you are doing ok?!
      Sending you all my best.
      ~Doreen (Team Member)

    2. ,

      Thank you so much! I'm doing a little better! Not where I'd like to be, but I think I'm coming out on the other side at this point. It's funny, my doctor actually thinks my surgery triggered an autoimmune response and that was the cause of the extreme pain. As soon as they got me on strong NSAIDs the pain went down a lot. Really interesting since the strong pain meds barely touched it! Oh well, I'm just glad to have that behind me!

  3. I too am intrigued. It would make sense to me that a highly sensitive person would feel the effects of AS on a whole different scale. I certainly will investigate further and get back with any findings.
    ~Doreen (Team Member)

    1. Hi there. I have never heard of HSP. I can see how being diagnosed with it would mean you felt the effects of AS that much more acutely.
      I hope you are keeping well.
      Steve - Community Advocate

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