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TMS Pain & The Gym

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by EricFeelsThisWay, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. EricFeelsThisWay

    EricFeelsThisWay Peer Supporter

    Hi guys,

    I usually get back pain after the gym that I define as "soreness" but I know it's really TMS in disguise. Was wondering if anyone else experiences that and can add some kernels of wisdom. I'm pretty good at repeating to myself the TMS self-talk:
    -Your pain started at the gym years ago, so it's just neural pathways that have trained themselves to fire together
    -Yes, you did a hard workout three days ago, but you did not injure yourself and your body is designed to heal itself.
    -There's a noticeable difference between muscle soreness from lifting weights and TMS pain, and you know the difference. Soreness from the gym doesn't affect your mood. Muscle soreness never causes shortness of breath or lumbar pain, and those are TMS symptoms that you've been dealing with for years.
    -Maybe it's all the feelings of self-consciousness, insecurity, inferiority, inadequacy, and body image issues that are bothering you. Think psychological.
    -The locker room reminds you of being teased in high school, so you're on high alert, which causes back pain.
    -There have been times that you've felt this pain even when not at the gym, and there have been times you've been at the gym with no pain, so there is no real correlation.

    ....and so on and so on. Thing is, I'm good at making these lists, just not great at actually believing them all the time. It's so easy for me to slip into old frames of thinking. Any advice?
  2. LindenSwole

    LindenSwole Peer Supporter

    Number 3 is the biggest tell-all for me. If you're in the gym a lot and have been working out for a long time YOU KNOW the difference between muscle soreness due to lifting weights vs. muscle soreness due to oxygen deprivation. The feeling is VERY different.
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  3. Kevin Barry

    Kevin Barry Peer Supporter

    No advice but I understand completely what you are talking about. You have helped me with your approach and your list. I am going to keep doing what you are doing and know that with information and support like yours I will keep improving. Thanks!

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