Hi, I'm new to this website and live in San Diego. I've read quite a few postings and feel right at home here. My problem is this - I'm on disability (have been for 1.5 years) and I'm going INSANE from boredom. I used to be physically active with friends - rollerblading, volleyball, snowboarding, hiking, biking, sailing, shopping etc. But I can't do any of that stuff anymore! Even going to dinner and the movies is difficult because of my injuries. Sitting/standing for long periods of time is IMPOSSIBLE. I'm only comfortable (yet still in pain) when lying down or sitting on fluffy cushions with my legs elevated. Anyway, my social life is NON-EXISTENT and I'm lonely. I try to stay active everyday - pacing myself with daily chores, chiropractor/doctor appointments, phone calls to friends/family back East, and I try to volunteer when I can, which is difficult because I usually feel like crap and don't feel like I have anything to offer anyone. I have tried over 5 anti-depressants over the years and NOTHING works. I know I have no problem meeting people, but I feel like I don't have anything to offer to a new friendship but my "disability". I can't keep "dates" because my health hasn't been stabalized. I don't have a lot of money to spend. I can't do anything physical like I used to. BUT I NEED A SOCIAL LIFE! I'm beginning to think that meeting people who have chronic pain/back pain issues (like me) would be beneficial - as long as they are not Toxic and truly negative in nature - something that would bring me "down". I'm looking to create inspirational, motivating, helpful, supportive friendships, positive spiritual friendships. Do you know of any support groups that I could attend (I've been looking for over a year and can't find any). Anyone here online that lives in San Diego who would like to start a friendship? I'm even thinking of starting a support group myself, but again, feel like I just don't have the energy/stamina to do it because of my pain issues. Thanks so much for listening. God bless!
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