I've never participated on this forum, so I was kind of hesitant but figured I would give it a shot. If nothing else to get this off my chest, and hopefully assist with the physical pain and the associated anxiety.
By way of brief background, I have had a myriad of pain symptoms over the past decade (shoulder, neck, and lower back/leg). My most recent one was back pain that was felt in the leg as well. Diagnosed as a disc issue. I suffered for over a year and a half, notwithstanding the fact that I tried all manipulative theory as well as re-read Sarno's book (as it helped with my neck pain). As of about 3 month ago, I was basically pain free in my back, and was obviously extremely happy. UNFORTUNATELY, last week I was invited to play basketball with my son at a friends house (he has a small indoor court in his house). While I thought we would be simply shooting around, everyone wanted to play a competitive game. I haven't done this in several years because of my pain limitations. However, I agreed to play (in part, to not disappoint my son). Since it was indoor hardwood floor, we decided to play barefoot. This was a stupid decision on my part. There was no cushion to absorb jumps and running. I have now been in pain again, with the same back/leg symptoms that I had for a year and a half. Even though I'm trying to tell myself that this is TMS, my mind is racing with thoughts that I caused structural damage and nerve compression by playing basketball with no shoes on (ie. back compressed because there was nothing to absorb shock and caused structural issues).
Obviously I keep re-playing this in my mind and wish that I could turn the clock back and not have played.
Any advice would be helpful. Dr. Schubiner, could I have caused physical issues by playing basketball that are contributing to this pain, or is this TMS/MBS rearing its head again ?? Please advise.