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Fun makes the pain go away

Discussion in 'Success Stories Subforum' started by North Star, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. North Star

    North Star Beloved Grand Eagle

    This past week, hubby and I celebrated 26 years of marriage. For the first time every, we did it up big in celebrating. Something we've never done before. (Getting married in the Christmas season wasn't one of our smarter decisions but oh well…what's a young and in-lust couple to do, eh?)

    We got a room at a nice hotel that was within walking distance to a a Piano Guys concert. I LOVE The Piano Guys. They're like my happy fix whenever I need help cheering up.

    We were one block into the 6 block walk when it occurred to me that I was having absolutely NO Achilles pain. I could walk at a brisk pace and it felt normal for the first time in….uh, can't remember how long. I even stopped to see if was still knotted. Yup. Still knotted. But no pain.

    This is a TMS symptom that has gone on over four years. The first hint was that originally, it was my right Achilles that would give me fits. Every PT, foot doc, chiropractor, etc.. explained why the RIGHT one was acting up. I had custom orthotics, "gait training" ad nauseam.

    Well, their ideas worked great except for short periods of time and then….the swelling, pain, knotted appearance….jumped over to the left foot. And I've been gimping for the last few years.

    Anyhoo. All this to say, fun makes pain go away.

    So go have some fun! And if you need help getting into the mood, here's one of my favorite TPG's videos:
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  2. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    That's wonderful, @North Star. When pain does insane things like move around, it sometimes feels to me like the TMS has overplayed its hand. As if it got cocky and just showed me that it wasn't real, thereby helping me to fear it less.
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  3. 575

    575 Peer Supporter

    Side switching pain is what really helped me finding out that I had TMS.
    If anyone experiences that - CONGRATS, your body is perfectly fine, pain is yesterday.
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  4. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    That's a great video. I find lots of ways to have fun and it takes my mind off worries, anxieties.
    I'm 84 so I find more fun distractions on TV and the Internet. Youtube has an unbelievable number of videos that
    can help us forget our aches and pains.
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  5. Laudisco

    Laudisco Well known member

    This is such an encouragement! I've been having fun recently painting my friend's car, and this has helped me relax and take my mind off the TMS symptoms.
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  6. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, Laudisco. Painting your friend's car must be fun and take your mind off any worry or pain.

    I was alone one Thanksgiving and kept busy at home by painting the overhead pipes in my basement orange.
    The hours passed pleasantly by painting, listening to music, and having a few beers.

    I put the time to good use and never hit my head on those pipes again!

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