After reading the recent NOI notes on Blackberry Thumb I reckon I had a bit of “ladder foot” last week after I spent two weeks of my ‘holiday’ renovating at home.
I spent hours standing, heel of workboots hooked on the rung, weight bearing though arch, on a ladder rung which I think must have made my plantar nerves real cranky – the pain at times was really crippling (but transient)!
Interestingly, I recall thinking about this; I hate heights – a real bloody chicken with heights, and the third rung, the one which I spent all the time on is my absolute limit.
So, a bit of nociception coming in to a brain with an already active amygdala and other bits of the limbic system – “is this important? Is it worth having pain right now??”, my nervous system clearly thought it was. Here’s the thing – I could alleviate some pain by standing on the first and second rung!!!
I think sometimes its ALL context!