Meanwhile… on this, my 12th podcast episode (of this podcast, that is):
Man, I am sore. Some of it is that I’m fat. Or, some of it is the way I sit while working. While some of it is the way that I play or watch videos on my phone. It could be any or all of that at once.
But, it’s not the main reason, at least not to me. To me, it’s a life-long battle with Tourette Syndrome. TS is an often misunderstood neurological disease that affects children mainly, research continuously changes but numbers point to 1 out of every 333 kids have some form of it. Reports say that most kids grow out of it. I didn’t. In fact, as bad as it was when I was younger, it has gotten much worse the older I get.
This begs the question, what is it? I call it my misfired synapses when I get excited or anxious. A heightened state of excitement sets me off. If I’m looking forward to something or into a sports game, that pushes me up. If I am having a difficult conversation or am going to do something that I am not looking forward to, that pushes me up.
But, TS is generally tics or habits, as I call them, that can be jerking, waving, blinking, shaking on the motion side, throat-clearing, grunting, coughing, or curse-word-slinging on the vocal side. I’ve done most of those things, except the cursing.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I can cuss with the best of them. I use certain words like a comma, but it’s not uncontrollable like the TS version. Most of mine is jerking, nodding, or lashing about. That in itself isn’t the hard part. The hard part is how those habits lead to physical pain because I’m overstretching, overextending, or overworking joints, muscles, and/or bones. All of this has led to some kind of pinched nerve that sends a tingling and somewhat painful sensation down my left arm. I equate it to bumping my funny bone but without that initial pain, just the tingling aftereffects.
So, watching the NFL Championship games over the weekend, my TS got stupid. So, I started seeing a chiropractor last week and this morning when I went in to see her, it was rough. I was sore. She cracks my neck and my back. She is helping me feel better.
Damien responds to the conversation starter from last week’s episode. A NEW discussion starter question this week.
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