Gee, someone respond!
For 99.9% of online empaths on such forums as this, yes, it does get better.
For me, not so much. I pick up physical pain, sometimes intense and sharp, from randoms. I pick up palpitations at a distance from people I am in some degree of contact with, but not what I would call close friends. So, acquaintances. It is always interesting when the timing of the onset of pain and/or palpitations is validated. This has increased for me in recent years. I have had a protection practice for many years, ground and clear daily, etc, and have trialled at length every suggestion I can find with modest degrees of success. Nothing, for me, blocks the physical pickups.
Maybe you will be like the other vast majority who are helped by simple tips, such as in the Empath Survival Program, etc etc etc. It can take a bit of time and practice, for most, to achieve a level of comfort and relief, so I have heard/read repeatedly.
Most online empaths seem to be mostly affected emotionally, only. (Maybe that is why you've had so few responses?) Sorry I can't be more helpful. Keep looking. Avoid drama queens! Good luck.