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This issue has been weighing on me for the last 3 years.
I am an empathic nurse and intuitive spiritual healer. I have a low back condition and once a month I have to go to the pain management specialist office so I can get my pain medicine prescription. I call this place the office of the walking wounded and like myself, everyone there is in pain. Like everywhere I go I attract people who end up telling me all about their problems. I accept that's my lot in life and I care about people and I always will.
I feel very heavy and sad when I go there and always the person sitting next to me ends up telling me about their about their pain. By the time I leave I end up feeling much worse than when got there I have never learned how to protect myself from other people's stuff and as a nurse I honestly considered my "gift" to be a curse.
How can I protect myself in the doctor's office so I don't end up feeling so heavy and sad and in more discomfort by the time I leave? Thanks for any advice.