How do I get rid of the crushing ache in my chest? It’s there all of the time. As soon as I wake up it flares back up and doesn’t subside until I fall back to sleep. Even then, if I wake through the night, I feel it. It’s an emptiness that only gets worse every day. I’m alone, lonely, and don’t know when that will change. I didn’t realize the impact of not having human touch would be so crushing. My heart has been abused and neglected yet this yearning for basic human contact is worse than any past relationship woes I’ve had to work through. I’m not dealing with a broken heart. I’m happy to be free of my last relationship. I just crave touch and hugs so much it feels as though I am grieving all of the time.