Interesting post @choohooo. I have a strong hunch that you are on to something very real. I feel so strongly about it, I could write a lengthy post about it far as how I can relate, and what I suspect may be happening to some other people as well. That includes people I’ve read about, and/or talked to for nearly a decade.
Chronic stress has been said to be a killer since I started reading pvps forums in 2010. That means it’s said to make it worse for many. I just took a lengthy leave of absence, some would call it a vacation, and I was nearly pain free far as my pvp/s symptoms go pretty much the entire time. I got back to my day in day out life, and on occasion I can feel things trying to ramp up again.
Sometimes I wonder if my initial “nerve damage of sorts” didn’t leave me with some sort of phantom pain as a byproduct (beyond some sort of true nerve damage, and other complications). I didn’t start to suspect some of my lingering issue could be just that until about 1-2~ years ago. That would take a long post and/or explanation with details to convey to others in text what I’m talking about.
I’ve actually considered starting a thread on who experiences anything they suspect is, and/or partially is phantom pain (or something like it), but never have. I really didn’t want to imply that anyone’s pain was in their heads, and that’s why I never started the thread.