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  1. saburai

    saburai Full Access Member

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    Howdy gang! Would you allow me to vent a bit? Right around July 4th I had some elbow bursitis act up that hasn't bothered me for more than 15 or 20 years. Back then, every once in a while I'd bang it or something and it would swell up a little, inconvenient but I'd sit and rest and then 3 or 5 days it would be better and I'd get on with life. So this last time it's still bothering me so much so that an orthopedic surgeon has me in a hard brace and I've been on anti-inflammatories since I went to the doctor mid July. Of course it's my left side and I'm left-handed... I'm by no means wimp but my range of motion is limited so much so that I can't brush my teeth for touch my face. My wife always says want to make God laugh? Tell her your plans! My plan was, to go out to Colorado, Pick Up the new truck hustle to Wes's, pull it stud it, put my baby moose IP and type 4 Turbo and install the new injectors from Conestoga and and then drive it back upstate New York to be ready for 4th of July business. Due to a comedy of errors, not only did I not make the 4th of July deadline which financially really hurt... but I have not been able to work since then... the plan was to return home quickly install the IP, Turbo and injectors from the new truck on Diego, my old truck. In case this is confusing, let me clarify, all of the new parts - turbo, IP and injectors were installed and running on Diego, I pulled them and sent them ahead to Wes's shop so that we could install them when I got there. So here I am, my ass on the couch, my arm in a sling. The doctors seem Clueless, and can't tell me when they think my arm will be back in service. .. meanwhile, Diego sits lame and not running, not presentable for sale and I sit, lame and unable to work watching my money making season and the summer Truck Sale season quickly Pass Me By... please pardon any typos, if it wasn't for speech to text, I wouldn't be posting at all. I know that compared to many my problems are trivial at best. I'm not looking for sympathy or a solution... But sometimes, it just feels good to get it off your chest! Thanks for listening Gents!
     
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    :eek:
    i know the feeling.
    many of my personal projects often get sidetracked.
    it's a brutal reality as we get older.
    bouncing back from injuries is a harder and harder thing these days.
    but we must move forward. and we shall :D
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement Calvin:)
    I'm headed into the city on Tuesday to see a Korean acupuncturist who has helped me in the past. She's Wild! She's like something right out of Big Trouble in Little China...
     
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    up until recently, an old guy from Hong Kong took care of my acupuncture issues. Unfortunately, he passed away and all there is around me now is the "new" style with the thin needles. they don't work worth a damn. if you know someone who still use the big needles, don't loose contact with them.
     
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    accupunture for bursitis? kind of risky isn't it. I've had bursitis in both shoulders recurring sometimes more than once a year in the R and every few years in the L . I asked about accu for my R side and the sports medicine specialist called it as usefull at a cortizone shot into the joint.
    my doctor always recommends sports medicine places because of the similar repetative stress injuries mechanics get like atheletes get.

    my R shoudler gets bad enough it litteraly feels like someone is attempting to dislocate my shoulder, REAL rest over the weekend switch ice/heat Sat. (NO DRIVING!) a couple motrin platinum washed down with a nice strong cider or a double rye and water at bedtime. then just ice on sunday , and back to work monday but not rotating or reach as far as previously week. ice pack at work in the freezer for when it flares, carry on. usually back to normal within a week or 2 . learned from not having any sick days and not being able to afford holidays.

    edit: I'm a 52 yr old truck/coach mechanic counting on freedom 75:dunno
     
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    Thanks for your input:cheers: just curious, why would you think acupuncture would be risky?
     
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    I had it done for tennis elbow years ago and it aggrevated the condition. it used to be very popular here with physio therapy but not so much anymore.
     
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    I just got regenexx platelet enriched plasma in my back. I know a guy who at the same time got steroids; so far he's in pain, and I won't say the back feels great, but I'm able to do more every day, and from day 3 after the injection, I could do way more than before getting the injections.

    They 'claim' it's good for just about any sort of issue; I don't know, but I do know if my back keeps letting me do, like I've not been able to in a while, then I definitely will go for more.
     
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    Not that it's really important to anyone but me, but I thought I'd give an update... So a month later and I still have extremely limited use of my dominant arm. Orthopedic surgeon ordered an MRI it shows a 90% detached triceps tendon! However a detached, torn whatever, triceps tendon is an extremely infrequent injury. The occupational therapist that I am working with now has in 34 years, seen three including me. A buddy who is a PhD physical therapist has only seen a couple and that's working inpatient at New York City hospitals. So, drawing my own conclusions, there is not a lot of data out there. All of the data that is available, almost all torn triceps tendons are very painful and a result from a ballistic injury IE, football tackle, catching a falling box, or something similar. Nothing like that occurred in my case. I should note that I am not in a tremendous amount of pain, range of motion at either end is quite restricted and is painful, but nothing like I have read about in other cases. Also, while I have quite literally no real tricep strength I can perform movements such as lifting a 1 pound dumbbell in an isolated tricep extension or kickback. The doctors and logic say that with a 90% tear I should not be able to really move much at all, no less lift even a marginal load... so as a thinking man and professional rehab therapist I would have to disagree with the reading Radiologists interpretation. So as usual, I will be continuing to take my care in my own hands with a very cautious Rehabilitation routine. This has been an exercise in acceptance for me as I have not been able to work all summer! The summer season is when I make the bulk of my money... kind of sucks!
     
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    biggest danger when you're self employed, the danger of getting hurt. hope you get better soon.
     
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    Thanks friend!
     
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    I had a total biceps disconnect when I tried to stop myself from a fall about 10ish years ago. I finished the deck I was working on and a small closed in porch before surgery 10 days after the injury...Kaiser Permantente was all over it and wanted to make sure they got in there before the tendon shrunk and was going to be hard to retrieve.

    They sewed a sock on the end of the tendon and then attached it to a toggle through a hole in my radius bone of the arm. When I woke up I was surprised that my arm was now anchor weight and hurt like a bitch.

    I was not to put any more weight then a soda on it for six weeks but was riding motorcycles within four weeks...YMMV.
     
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    Yeah thanks man! Biceps tendon is actually quite common. I've worked with folks with torn and partially torn biceps tendons. Unfortunately for me, triceps is a whole nother ball of Wax...
     

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