Two years of hand pain

Date: 2 October 2010
Name: Enrique
Website: The Tension Myositis Syndrome Wiki

In 2007, I had been suffering from a very bad case of RSI in my hands for about 2 years. I couldn't type more than 1000 to 1500 keystrokes a day without major pain specifically in the backs of my hands. Being an IT Manager who worked 95% in front of a computer this was a very serious issue. My daily regimen was to work and then go home and apply ice or heat to relieve the pain. I had a bottle of ibuprofen handy at all times. I opened a workers comp claim and attended physical therapy a couple times a week. I did everything possible to avoid using the keyboard and mouse. I learned how to use voice recognition software and a "handless" mouse. Although I was getting by at work, my productivity was suffering and even worse, my confidence level in myself was seriously waning.

I had joined an online support group for RSI sufferers and it was through that association that I first heard about TMS. I read about people getting 100% healed with non-physically based treatments. I was skeptical... very skeptical, but also very interested because, frankly, I was frustrated and tired of my life being so limited by the RSI. I was tired of the endless therapies and doctors who couldn't really provide any solid answers.

The last 2 years had been tough... I experience loss of income from RSI (a demotion at work), loss of favorite hobbies, lack of confidence, worry about paying the bills (I have 3 kids, wife, mortgage) since I'm the only bread-winner in the family. I was willing to do whatever it takes to get better. I was "open minded".

I read all I could about Dr. Sarno and his theories. I started by Googling (this TMS Wiki didn't exist at the time, but there were other resources). I bought Dr. Sarno's book, "A Divided Mind" (price: ). The more I read, the more I started to get excited about this. I basically devoured anything I could find about TMS.

Within a just a few days of finishing the book, I felt like I wanted to try testing the boundaries of how much I could type. I had some serious hope. Little by little I was typing again, not 18K keystrokes, but a few thousand with no major pain. There was definitely some very minor discomfort, mostly a tingling in the hands, but certainly not the pain I was feeling before. This reinforced that it could be TMS.

Within just a week(!) I was typing normally with very minor discomfort and no lingering pain when I got home. It was so hard to believe, but it was undeniable. There was no therapy, no acupuncture, no yoga, no stretching, nothing but understanding what TMS is and believing it that ultimately healed me. And the icing on the cake is that ALL other pains I had lived with intermittently in my life stopped appearing. Neck pain from a car accident when I was 16 yrs old, back pain from a high school football injury, elbow pain from tennis, plantar fasciitis from running, achilles pain... they all stopped.

Today, I can tell you that I have absolutely no chronic pain at all. My life is very different. I type, type, type without any concern for pain. My confidence is high. I now realize that my body is capable of much greater things then I ever thought possible. In fact, last year (2009) I ran my first Marathon. This year I have completed 7 triathlons and several foot races from 5K's to half-marathons. I am an avid student of how TMS can cause pain and I have my ups and downs, but my life is quite different because of what I've learned. I truly thank God for Dr. Sarno and his discoveries!

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