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Posted - 01/25/2015 :  07:47:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a very belated RSI successs tory, but I know, people need to hear this stuff to believe in times where it'll be better. It gets better.

This, I believe, was my first Thread from "back then"
I cannot believe it's been five years.

I battled with anxiety and RSI-like symptoms in those times. I was afraid my life had basically come to an end already, at 17.
It didn't - thanks to approaching the issue from a mental health POV, I was able to overcome RSI. I did stop playing videogames (although I do play some, every once in a while so no avoidance there!), but it was not because of pain. Rather, I found new interests to submerge myself in.

What helped me the most was journalling. Becoming aware of my fears. What roots they had - why RSI.
I am a perfectionist. I want great things from and in life. So... RSI was holding me back. It was a way of self-defence. If I failed because of RSI, well, it's not MY fault. It took away the pressure to perform. That pressure, was channeled directly into my wrist muscles. Quite literally.
Then, there came exposure. I played video games - they're fun. Yet, I feared them. Well, it hurt. After some time. it was bearable. Then, I started having fun again. Then I wrote. And did all the things I was doing before, and new ones. Like writing.
My hands, I know now, aren't working against me. They were just the outlet of my fear, my wall of protection.

After realizing that, I didn't need them to protect me. I faced my imperfections full front.

Now, I am having other stuff to work with, but my hands, they are "mine" again. There was a time I felt they were controlled by someone who was out to hurt me. Turns out, my subconscious was looking into ways to stop my hurting. It just, unfortunately, chose a rather painful way to do that.

In the last five years, things have been going okay. I have days where RSI flares up again, but then, I recognize it for what it is. It may burn for a day, but it clears up the next morning. I know this little demon, and it has lost its hold on me.

Edited by - lindaleyner on 01/25/2015 07:47:45


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Posted - 02/03/2015 :  11:08:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello lindaleyner
I'm a girl in my start twenties who has suffered from mainly arm/hand/shoulder pain since age 17. I've always played lot of games, always had anxiety, and I'm suspecting tms to be the case.
I really appreciate your story, it provides me comfort and hope! thank you
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Posted - 02/24/2015 :  15:04:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just want to say, hang in there.
I can't remember my RSI time much, tbh. Rereading what I wrote back then really hit me, because I had forgotten just how much I suffered... Because I have been free of this demon for so long, it's hard to fathom a time where it had me in such a tight grip.
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Posted - 03/06/2015 :  01:20:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good to know that things have been going okay with you. Cheers for that!
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