(Closed) Good Day-SO Asked Dad for Blessing/Bad Day-Injuries Ended NCAA Career.

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yay for SO and Dad, that is awesome.Sorry about the sports. You arent letting your team down, you are taking care of you. A lifetime of pain isnt worth a year or two of a sport. Trust me, I have more lifetime pains and chronic issues because of a sport. I regret it everyday, all because I was too stubborn to quit. I hope you feel better soon. Just FYI, my chiro has made some of my pain way better by breaking up the scar tissue, might be something to bring up with your doc is adding chiropractic into your PT.

 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Torrid:  he  breaks it up through manipulation and this NASA gadget thingy. I really trust my chiro more than any of the docs that I have seen. I have yet to have any joint, tendon, or muscle pain that he hasnt gotten me through. Better yet, he has done it without drugs, which is a big deal to me. My reg doc has wanted me to have several surgeries, but my chiro has managed to get rid of a lot of my pain. Some of what I have left is because we have weird financials so I cant go as often as I should. The only med that I take is Aleve now, and that really helps a lot. If you want more information on my treatment feel free to PM me anytime, I am up crazy hours, and I will send you my phone number. Few people can understand this type of pain, so I understand the need to talk about it.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Torrid:  I am so sorry to hear that. Let me second PP, you are NOT letting your team down. Right now what is important is your health and recovery. 

Many many years ago I danced on a competitive team and was injured. I pushed myself really hard to get back to dancing so as not to “let my team down” (I also loved to dance and got antsy sitting out.) 8 years and 6 surgeries later, I’m still paying for that decision I made when I was 12. It’s not worth it. Your team will understand and you will find the joy you find elsewhere. It’s sad having to step away from something you love, but if it’s for your health, it’s necessary.

When it comes to pain, if the cream isn’t working, speak up! Your doctor wants to help you, but can’t if he/she doesn’t know something isn’t working for you. I used a patch a few years ago called Lidoderm, which helped for a while. Your therapist can often break up tissue with massage- it’s painful during, but you can feel some tension relief afterwards. If OTC medications aren’t helping you, try talking to your doctor about Tramadol. It’s basically like a step above Aleve, and it has really helped me, without some of the harsh side effects of Vicodin. PT can be wonderful, but don’t let your therapist push you harder than you can go. You know your body better than anyone else does. I had a therapist push me way too hard, way too fast and it set me way way way back, as well as did some serious structural damage.

I am so sorry you’re dealing with pain. It really is horrid. If you ever need to talk, I am definitely an empathetic ear. Sometimes it helps just to whine and vent to other people. Sometimes I feel bad complaining to my SO/parents, so I just keep it to myself, which doesn’t help me at all.

On the other hand:

EEEE! He asked your dad for his blessing?! That’s is such a big step, and SUCH an exciting one! I wish I would know when my SO talks to my parents- he’s adament about keeping it a secret until after the proposal. I hope he proposes soon! πŸ™‚

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

What dosages of Vicodin and Tramadol did you try? Have you tried Norco? It’s high hydrocodone (10 mg) with low Acetaminophen (325 mg) so it’s easier on your liver to take frequently. Right now I’m alternating Norco with Tramadol (100mg, NOT Ultram, which is an all day pil and does diddly squat). I’ve tried Toradol (Ketorolac), which wasn’t a great help to me, but my mom swore by it when she was injured.

(Kinda) funny (but so not really) story, when I was first given Ultram-ER, the doctor had popped a 12 pack of sample pills into an unmarked bottle and told me the name and to look up dosage for my weight online. I thought it was the same as Tramadol and proceeded to take 2 every 4 hours. 6 pills into it, I passed out and had to go have my stomach pumped in the ER. 

I’ve tried all of those, except Pennsaid and the topical cream. Some people just don’t respond well though, and I am so sorry to hear that. πŸ™ Does ice help at all? (Even just while the ice is on it.) Aircast Cryo Cuffs are amazing if ice helps. They’re specifically molded sleeves you attach to a cooler and fill with ice. A few surgeries ago, ice was my saving grace, and I literally just carried mine with me and alternated in cycles of 20 on, 30 off for the entire day. They make a knee one. It’s like 120 ish, which is expensive, but if it helps, it’s worth it.

Again, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. Have you tried being non weight bearing? It sucks but maybe time off would be helpful. Hugs and I hope you start getting some relief soon!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Torrid:  COngrats on the talk with dad, and condolences on the injury.

I was a competetive bowler too for several years, and was accepted to a particular college who wanted me for my bowling too. I didn’t choose that school, but there are some days I wish I had. . .

Anyway, you can be there in spirit, and still go to tournaments for moral support. I know how difficult it is to sit out the tournaments, when all you want to do is rock the pocket, but this sounds like it’s for your knee’s best interest.

Would you be open to building your skill enough to use the opposite hand to release? That inherently will take the pressure / momentum off of your injured knee. I know bowlers who have done this because they couldn’t stay out of the game.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Torrid:  I know what you mean! I’ve been off the lanes for a few years (I needed a break from touring) and I’ve got the itch to return. Now is not a good time for me though, since I’m rounding the end of my schooling too. But I’ll ease back into it with some “beer leagues” because I know I’m terribly rusty, and I need to build my arsenal back up.

Definitely go Lefty– you’d be at an advantage because 80% of the bowlers are righties, and their oil patterns break down WAY BEFORE the leftie track. What does that mean for you? A consistent shot throughout the set! AND a pain free knee. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I’m so sorry to hear about your injury. Be kind to your body and get some rest as hard as it is mentally. Congrats on SO talking to your dad, sounds like it might speed things up-yay!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Torrid:  No sweat! This may be good for your game in the long run. πŸ˜‰ 

Man, I miss talking shop…..

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Torrid:  I felt the same way when I saw you said you bowled…. FOR SPORT no less! It’s so far and few between.

And it totally IS a real sport! It’s more than stamping up to the line and dumping a ball… I love explaining hand positions to people, lift vs. loft, fast vs. slow roll, and watching their eyes glaze over. Undecided  It’s nothing but physics, but too many people don’t give credit where it’s due. You need intelligence to play the game!

I don’t know if you use it or not, but I’ve always loved this book:

 

It has a lot of good, clarifying information on mechanics, and why they work (not just how)  but then again, if you have access to a coach every day, this book may not be necessary!

Oh, how I wish we could roll some games together!

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