There was just a super loud THUD from the condo above us.
It was probably one of the kids jumping off the couch…again.
It hurt. It went from the top of my head to the tips of my toes.
This is a common occurrence, though this was probably the loudest ever. I know that kids make noise and that the sound proofing in here is not the best; however when it hurts it is harder to take.
I am not saying it hurts my ears, sound can send pain through my entire body either in one big rush or in waves. Not all sounds do this and the same sound that hurt yesterday may be fine today. It depends on how my body is processing pain at any given time.
I absolutely love music of all kinds. I have to say that blues is my favorite. It can get pretty loud and I can usually take it, depending on whether or not I am in a fibromyalgia or sciatica flare. I have a set of CDs with relaxing classical music. Normally they are just that – relaxing. And other times they sound like fingernails on a chalkboard!
There is a condition, called Hyperacusis, which can cause even the sound of walking through Autumn leaves to be excruciating. But I do not have that (fortunately). For me, it seems, to be totally connected to the chronic pain I have thanks to Fibromyalgia, a couple of fractures in my lumbar, arthritis, etc. I have read studies and talked to other people with these conditions and it seems to be a normal side-effect.
White noise, such as fans are great for drowning out other sounds. However, if I am trying to listen to another person talking or hear the TV/music, fans become a harsh distraction.
My mind is so attuned to managing pain that it can’t process too many other tasks at the same time.
This can be true for thinking, remembering, talking, even walking. The more pain my brain is trying to manage at one time, the less attention it can give to normal everyday tasks.
So, when it is a rainy day and the kids upstairs are restless, I usually retreat to the other end of the house (where a wonderful friend lives above us and makes very little noise) to watch TV, read or just rest in my recliner.