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Jhemi
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   Posted 7/18/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been wondering if anyone else is having trouble watching certain scenes in movies?
 
I find that for about the last year now I cant watch anyone get hurt in a movie.  If someone falls I feel myself tighten up from the stress and it makes me hurt even more than normal.
 
Listening to old music from my youth though has just the opposite effect.
 
Probably just me and my strange mind lol yeah

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   Posted 7/18/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
No, it's not just you. I am the same way! Just like you said, I find that upsetting scenes on tv make me feel stressed, which of course makes my pain worse. So, I like to keep my t.v. viewing to fun comedies and other upbeat or positive shows/movies.
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   Posted 7/18/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
You know what, this reminds me of something else odd that I've noticed since fibro came around..anytime someone gets hurt around me in person-my kids, my hubby, other family, friends, even strangers...I physically feel a twinge like down in my seat bones and up through my gut. I have an actual physical reaction to other people's pain now. It's really strange...

Sorry to wander from the t.v. subject, that just reminded me of this.
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   Posted 7/18/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I walk out of the room if anything violent is on.  I've been like this a long time.  Probably have had fibro a long time too.  I watch a lot of animal/nature things but can't watch violence on those shows either.  It does make my stomach kind of jump.
 
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   Posted 7/18/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever watched people who are watching a sporting event on tv?  They kind of dodge, duck, tense up, almost as if they were playing, too.  It is human to do that - maybe it is called empathy.  But the tensing up causes you pain . . . so you don't watch it.  Makes sense.   I don't like scenes where kids lose their parents cuz I lost my dad as a child.  I also hate violent tv.  Seven was a horrible movie.   I also hate those reality shows where people scream at each other; ie, Hell's kitchen.   I watch movies or tv for escape or entertainment.  Why would I escape into something more horrible than my own life (or similar to what I don't like about my own life)
 
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Jhemi
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   Posted 7/19/2009 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with reality shows. And you're right about people tensing up at sporting events, never thought about it though. It's just never been a problem for me before.

I could watch anything and just categorize it as real or unreal, then it wouldn't bother me. Now it is just too intense. Especially when someone falls or is walking around near stones. Even the archeological programs near Egypt makes me hurt when I see them traversing the rocks there.

Thanks all for your comments :)

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   Posted 7/19/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   

I know this is slightly different but I have to leave the room when that commercial for abused animals comes on.  It has Sara McLauglin singing 'In the Arms of The Angels' in the back ground it is shows graphic pictures of animals that have been maimed in every possible way by their owners.  I know that's the point as it is so sad that people will send money to support their recovery but it literally makes me sick to my stomach...and filled with anger.

I too turn my head or leave the room when there is violence shown in any manner on television.

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   Posted 7/19/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I love to watch shows about forensics, I find it very fascinating, but I can't watch wild life shows and watch one animal kill another. I know they have to eat and all that but I don't want to watch it. I have never cared for violent shows or movies. I don't know why but when DH has CNN or one of the news channels on it bothers me.

Yesterday my granddaughter was on one side of the TV talking to me, the TV was on and my DH was on the other side of the TV talking to me and I thought I was going to go nuts, I thought I can't take this kind of chaos anymore. I have spent most of my life with a house full of kids and noise and now my body tightens up and I just want to scream, "STOP IT". Now when I have kids it's only for a few days but I really don't think I could live in a house with kids everyday.

I think all of our senses are heightened with fibro smell, hearing and touch seems to be mine.

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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well for me, I often have a hard time watching medical shows. I love watching House, I really do, but a lot of times when I watch, I find myself getting really achy, and when I get up after the show, my legs feel all wobbly as if I'd taken muscle relaxants. It doesn't keep me from watching these shows but yeah I don't like how they affect me sometimes. I remember one time when a house marathon was on and while I really wanted to watch the whole thing, I had to stop after 3 or 4 episodes because I was starting to feel really sick just from watching it.

Watching Scrubs however doesn't seem to have this effect on me. I guess all the humor in that show somehow negates the effect that watching sick people would normally have on me.
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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Vesta, me too about the hurt/ sick/abused animal commercial. I have always supported animal charities and am an active member of a national one, but cannot watch their promotional material.

My trouble watching TV and movies comes from things that are visually over-stimulating: i.e. the space wormhole scene in "Contact" (Jodie Foster), any kind of "warp speed" type of visual special effects, even flashing lights, give me violent migraines. I used to be so bad that I couldn't go see a real movie on the theatre screen because all the flashing lights makes me nauseated to the point of vomiting. The last film I vomited at (sorry) was "March of the Penguins," with all its bright sub-arctic light and going back and forth between dark and light scenes.

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   Posted 7/20/2009 1:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I have trouble watching TV also. I can't stand reality shows there is way too much fighting and such.
 
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   Posted 7/25/2009 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow. That's incredible. I've been experiencing this too and thought I was developing some sort of anxiety disorder, but maybe it's fibro instead. Wow.
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   Posted 7/25/2009 2:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I get really agitated with loud noise which, apparently, is not very loud according to my boyfriend. I know I spent a LOT of time in front of giant speakers and amplifiers in clubs (the good old days!) , listened to earsplitting music in my car constantly - now I can't even watch a show (or be in real life!) where more than one person is talking at a time. I absolutely cannot concentrate. If it's a discussion with contentious points I get anxious to the point that my heart pounds. The noise and conflict really stress me out. I noticed sensitivity to music developing at least 5 years ago, which would make a lot of sense for me medically. I had a bunch of stuff happening at that time that is possibly when my fibro started.

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   Posted 7/25/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm the same way. Violence, fighting, abuse, etc. cause stress for me and I turn it off. I'm very sensitive to sound. Another thing is fast moving images on the screen - they trigger dizziness. I cannot go to movies anymore at all unless it is at our local theater with the old sound system and the movie is more talk than action. I shudder to think what life would be like if I ever had to live with any of my children/grandchildren.
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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been getting pretty good at talking my way out of going to movies who are more casual acquaintances - my real close friends know what it takes for me to go to a movie theatre and sit and watch a film.

The reality-show type of TV also grates on my nerves, as do certain game shows and television hosts. A lot of TV just overstimulates me - there really is no way to describe it.

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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Overstimulates us is right.

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   Posted 7/26/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
My boyfriend is the noisiest creature on earth - he IS overstimulation. He turns the TV on with the radio on and he is sitting at his computer doing something else. It drives me insane. I must really love him or something.

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   Posted 7/26/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   

I hardly watch tv, haven't been to the movies since 2003. I can't sit in a theatre, the chairs and the sound system send me out of my mind. I cannot stand 'heroic' music, everything is blasting. I like music, but not vibrating in my body. Nothing really appeals to me from ads I've seen. I rarely put the tv on, my DH can't sit in the living room w/o the tv on. I'm not into reality shows, I can't stand a lot of noise, violence, tension. I get antsy and have to leave the room. I have my radio on low during the day, while I do my stuff. In the eves, I'm basically home alone and it is peaceful. If I choose to play a cd, it is on low while I read. I don't want to be overwhelmed.

My DH will have the tv on when we have company over, I can't stand it. Turn the set off. I can't focus on two things, and I can't hear two things at one time.

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