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Does anyone else experience dramatic lowering of symptoms at a doctors office?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Lzrs, Jun 4, 2023.

  1. Lzrs

    Lzrs New Member

    Just been to the doctor to check out my elbow and knee which have been acting up lately and I feel like an imposter.

    The conversation went like this:

    Does this hurt? Nope.
    Does this hurt? Not really.
    What about this? Ehhh..no?
    Mhm..how about like this? No..

    It's crazy how I can feel like an old man on certain days, but at a doctors office my symptoms just magically disappear or are dramatically lower.
  2. Dorado

    Dorado Beloved Grand Eagle

    I’ve had this in the past! Relief was the culprit - I was happy to receive a professional opinion as well as potential answers and solutions, as opposed to Googling symptoms at home and exposing myself to online horror stories. Hopefulness temporarily blocked the emotional pain that triggered my symptoms. I felt safe.

    I’ll never forget when one of my neurologists told me there was zero chance I had neuropathy and to see a psychologist. He was harsh, but he was trained at Harvard and extremely respected in my city, and I spent the rest of the day using my work keyboard and walking just fine. A stark contrast from the disabling pain that troubled me earlier that day.

    I wish I had continued to believe him and took this for what it was! Doubt, unfortunately, continued to plague me back then, and it would take a whole slew of doctors to convince me that I was fine.

    I’d say this is a good sign!
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  3. TG957

    TG957 Beloved Grand Eagle

  4. skhs

    skhs Peer Supporter

    In 2005, after 3 months of crippling back pain, and uncertainty about what was so wrong, I attended an appointment with a spinal surgeon. I was reassured and booked in for a surgery to be performed a few days later.
    The next morning most of my pain had gone, and I was able to do normal activities.
    Puzzled by this, I called the surgeon and he was happy either way for me to go ahead and have surgery or not.
    I did go ahead with surgery as I still had some pain. Surgery made no more difference.
    This was years before knowing about TMS.
    In hindsight being seen by a specialist doctor, relieved what was actually TMS pain. The actual surgery gave no further relief.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2023
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