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i know not everyone on here paces, but i do.

as i've mentioned on here before, i used to have a different daydream/set of characters that started when i was 9. then, when i was 12, i actually stopped daydreaming for a month or two. soon enough, my MD came back with new characters, a new story, and... pacing.

since then, i have had several pacing-related injuries, because i get so into the daydreaming that i tend to not watch where i'm going. the most serious one was when i was 12. i stepped on a sewing needle while pacing and had to have it surgically removed from my foot. i spent a day in the emergency room and was on crutches for several weeks.

i've also gotten bruises more times than i can count from walking into the walls, splinters from bumping my foot into my house's wood cabinets, cuts from somehow accidentally cutting myself on something... you name it, it's happened.

i also broke the door to the closet in my room from accidentally running into it while pacing.

the funny thing is that i can never tell exactly what i hurt myself on because i keep pacing for a few seconds and then notice that something hurts or that i'm bleeding. i sit down for awhile and then continue pacing like nothing happened, even if it still hurts, because i can't just interrupt my daydream like that if it happened when i was really "into it." 

i currently have a decent-sized bruise on my ankle from running into i don't even know what. it happened yesterday and it still hurts, but i'm still pacing.

i don't really know where i'm going with this post or how to end it, but yeah. pacing-related injuries.

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Comment by Professional Daydreamer on April 13, 2014 at 4:45am

I always pace when i daydream and yeahh i bump into walls or my closet I've hit my hand to my closet alot the last one was last week and my hand is  still bruised...i hit my head into the wall alot and most of all my i always hit my foot to the corner of my bed...but yeahit's never that serious...

Comment by The1andonlyAbber on April 9, 2014 at 8:24pm
Reading this made me remember that I tried pacing once when I was about 7, maybe 6. I got so into the daydream I started sprinting without realizing it and smacked into a wall (this was near a staircase--it's a good thing I didn't fall down the stairs!). I hit the wall pretty hard and got several bruises. After that, I deliberately stopped pacing while daydreaming! Before I thought that my maladaptive daydreaming started when I was 8, but if I was pacing instead of acting things out with toys, then that meant it was a daydream instead of a childhood game (it is hard to tell the difference in my memory). Maybe my MD had already begun by age 6 or 7 but didn't fully manifest itself until I was 8.
Comment by goner on April 9, 2014 at 1:56pm

It's mainly my feet and ankles that get hurt. Yesterday I actually ran into the corner of my bed and didn't realize it or that my foot was bleeding until later.

I've also smacked my head on a shelf above my bed way too many times to count... but the pain is easily forgotten because I'm focused on dreaming.


Comment by Annie on March 7, 2014 at 8:47pm

I always pace or rock when I daydream. I always end up bumping into walls and stuff. The only time I really got hurt was when I was rocking and had bought this sort of rock necklace (it was supposed to be good luck from what the guy told me). Well anyways, I guess I rocked to hard because the rock on the necklace swung up and hit me in the face near my eye. Hurt like a b*%#ch! My eye was red for a week, my parents thought somebody punched me in the face.

Comment by Sarah M on March 1, 2014 at 6:56pm

I haven't had any serious injuries, but I have bruised myself a couple times.

Comment by Mишка (Miska) on February 27, 2014 at 7:25pm
@mat lol I didn't notice your comment^ ^ very very accurate!
Comment by Mишка (Miska) on February 27, 2014 at 7:23pm
That's how I get with Dermatillomania. I won't notice the horrendous pain I am putting upon myself until the damage has been long done. As for pacing ~ I've only ever got a few splinters.
Comment by escarei on February 24, 2014 at 1:49pm

I'm pacing too, but I never had any injuries... Maybe it's because I always take the same route? I often move my arms and my body language intensifies when I'm engaged in a dream, but I start pacing only when I'm really excited with an imaginary situation. I usually make an 8 while walking fast paced, and I can't stop until I relax and my thought process slow down a bit. 

Comment by The1andonlyAbber on February 23, 2014 at 7:03pm
Oh dear. I always bruise myself on stuff without realizing it, but not from pacing. I don't have any repetitive movements except for wiggling the fingers on my left hand (and for some reason I only do that when I'm trying to decide which daydream to enter or whether or not I should keep part of a storyline).

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