Not sure if I've done all I can with self-help and coping... I really have only stabilized in the last three weeks. Sensations are less than before and, with the help of the amitriptyline (I assume), I'm identifying areas that stress me out and how to 'change' my response to it.
A big part of my condition, I suspect, comes from the body being in a constant stress-hyperstimulated state. When something stressful occurs, my body 'overreacts' -- and for a long time, I thought it was a medical condition of some type. After numerous tests, it's getting to the point that 1) I should seriously consider that the abnormal feelings are associated with my mind-body connection, and 2) engage in activities that help reduce stress both in the short term and the long term. This is hard, in a way... my natural reaction to confronting the chronic pain is that it must be some physical issue, rather than a mental one. But I've read that a lot of chronic pain emerges from stress & its influence on the brain, and until very recently I was having major difficulties with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc.--all associated with the persistent pain, and most probably augmenting it through worry, shallow breathing, OCD like thoughts, etc.
I also suspect that repetitive-stress damage in my arms and strain from computer-posture over many years are another area to work on... the anxiety/stress inflames these injuries and then adds to the sensations emerging from the extremities. Working on the sore tendons in my forearms produces some relief of pain sensations.
For example: the other night I was laying down, and felt heat / sensations... after deep breathing for 5 minutes, those sensations diminished considerably. They didn't vanish, but I've read it can take a long time to retrain the brain/body to a state of equilibrium.
Example #2 - smoking tobacco and MJ relieves the symptoms. The former, perhaps for an hour; the latter, 4-5 hours. I can actually turn the sensations off/on on the latter, using my thoughts as a 'switch'. This seems to be a product of anxiety, given these results. Hopefully, as I move forward and continue to do yoga, sleep better, do exercise, etc, I can wean myself away from these pain management tools.
Post Edited (ivance) : 9/9/2017 12:42:11 PM (GMT-6)