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Pain only during the activity

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by Stephan Ferreira, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. Stephan Ferreira

    Stephan Ferreira New Member

    Might as well share my story.

    I've been playing games on my PC with the mouse and joystick for years. Ever since the beginning of the month, I started to feel pain on my right upper forearm, to the point where the pain started irradiating itself around my thumb whenever I used it. I rested for a few days and the pain disappeared. So I assumed that I was healed and went back to my usual routine.

    Cue next week when I started feeling a sharp pain in my right arm alongside tightness around it, followed by a sore feeling in my right upper forearm, the same place from before. I took some Advil and it got better. Then the same thing starts to happen with my left arm two days after.

    As for the pain itself: it only shows up when I'm using the PC. Other things, such as washing dishes, carrying heavy stuff, using the phone and so on do not trigger the pain. I assumed it's tendonitis, but there's no swelling or constant pain. There's some general, minor, randomized pains around the arm and generalized tightness on my hands and fingers that moves from time to time, including moving from one arm to another. No signs of tingling or numbness.

    Thesr past few days have been a nightmare to me. Fear and worry now dominates my mind. I can't turn the PC on because of fear of pain. I wake up every morning in fear because of my arms.

    I don't want to be like this forever. I use my PC to talk with my friends, play games, do my drawing lessons and watch series. I don't want to be forcefully stripped off from the things I like because of my arms.

    I scheduled a visit to a doctor. I hope it's just nothing and it's just TMS. I don't want to spend the rest of my days in limbo if it's really physical RSI.

    Edit: even though using the phone don't cause the pain, typing on it causes the thumb to tighten a lot, to the point that causes fatigue in my left arm. And I'm typing with the index finger.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2019
  2. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    This is the only part of your post that mentions TMS, so I have to ask: what do you understand about TMS? Because TMS is not "just nothing"!

    Everyone needs to start by getting one of Dr. John Sarno's books (The MindBody Prescription is the most popular, although my favorite is his last one, The Divided Mind - which I first downloaded as an e-book from my local library, at zero cost).

    After you've read Dr. Sarno, post again - without ANY of the details of your pain. Just call it "wrist/hand pain" and leave it at that. Because on this forum, we do not diagnose, so the details of your symptoms are irrelevant. We work on our TMS, which means that we work on the psychological basis for our symptoms.

    And when I say "work", I mean WORK!

    You have scheduled a doctor's visit, which is good, because we always ask that people be checked out by a medical professional before assuming that they are dealing with a mind-body condition.

    That being said, you can start reading Success Stories (we have a subforum just for those) where you will see that many people have been diagnosed with RSI, among many other supposedly chronic conditions, but they have recovered once they applied TMS theory and techniques. In fact, the founder of the wiki and this forum, @Forest, recovered from RSI after being lucky enough to be seen by Dr. Sarno many years ago. You should definitely read his Profile story before you do anything else.

    Good luck!

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