nagging injuries

@timhinyy (1653)
United States
March 11, 2010 3:39pm CST
anyone else have these injuries that are very easy to aggravate even sometimes years after the original injury. My injury that keeps acting up would be my thumb i jammed it way back in middle school playing basketball and it doesn't take much of a hit on it for it to hurt. I don't think it ever healed right when it first happened and the latest was somehow when i was sleeping i don't know what i did to it while i slept, but when i got up it was hurting quite a bit. I also seem to have a problem with my lower back, since we had so much snow here this year i ended up doing a lot of shoveling and that maybe where i hurt that, but i would of thought that the pain would of gone away by now every time i get up from sitting the back gets very stiff on me and its very painful. Is there anything i can do for it?
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@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
12 Mar 10
So sorry to hear about your back pain! I know how awful that can be. I also have an injury that never healed right. As a child I was climbing on cinderblocks and my sister called out to me to get down and told me that I would fall and guess what I did. I was only 5 at the time and I dislocated my left shoulder, my parents didn't take me to a doctor and I didn't find out that it had been actually dislocated and tendons were badly torn until I injured it again in my 20's. If they had taken me to the hospital, they could have repositioned it properly and bound it right so it would heal well. So now, I do have to think before doing anything really intense like shoveling heavy snow. What I do is pace myself. Do it for about 15 minutes then go inside and take a short break. Then back again and so forth. It's saved me from further injury. I know it's tempting to just keep going till all the shoveling is done but that is what often leads to the injuries. Try taking a hot bath to soak it and gently stretching it. Also try not to sleep on your stomach as that often will make back pain worse. I use Vick's vaporub on my shoulder and that seems to work better than any other muscle rub I've tried. Hope you feel better soon!!
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
12 Mar 10
wow and i felt bad about my thumb geez i guess you had something much worse then i did mine is just a little discomfort which is nothing that i can't deal with its just annoying at times. the back is weird i mean if i would sit for long periods of time i would get a little stiff, but i would think that is normal so i try not to sit at the computer for too long at a time. I try not to overdo it with the shoveling, but sometimes it is just a little too much bending even though its not a big area to shovel here at least almost all of that is gone till next year.
• United States
12 Mar 10
Well it didn't help that the way I found out I had dislocated it before was by falling out of bed and landing on it! It's kinda of a funny story looking back. I had finally gotten a real bed after getting rid of my futon bed and the very first night, the fire alarm which was wired to the whole house that I rented an apt in went off. I had lived there for 3 years or so and it had never gone off before. It was about 2am and it scared the crap out of me, without thinking I rolled over and my feet should have hit the ground if I'd been in the old futon but nope didn't work that way with the new bed! I lost my balance and fell smack down on my left shoulder. So now I get to my feet, realzing that I am really hurt with alarms going off and cats running wildly. I had 2 cats at the time and they had never heard the alarm either. It was louder than loud. Luckily for me, by the time I got my bathrobe on, the firemen had arrived. One of my neighbors above me has started a small kitchen grease fire so it was quickly out and then they gave me all the attention! Went to the hospital and they took excellent care of me. They did x-rays after getting my shoulder back in place and that's how I found out that my 5 yr old fall had done far more damage than my parents thought. I have a very high pain tolerance and that can work against me at times. I love to swim and do that regularly and that really strengthens it so that there are very few issues with it unless I am very foolish and do something stupid. Hasn't bothered me much in years now my lower back is another story. I go thru bouts of pain with it at least a few times a year but I have never quite figured out what sets it off so harder to avoid. I sure know not to land on my shoulder again! Be well.
• Philippines
12 Mar 10
you didn't bite or did thumb sucking while sleeping now did yah? hehe or probably too much gaming? just kidding... hehe have a regular hand massages. can be a self-massage. you can use a hot towel to cover your hand and let your hand sit still on it for 2-3 minutes. it would usually give a bit of relief. then the massage. then follow with a few sips of water. as for your lower back... hmmmnnn sometimes from too much sitting in front of your computer. hehe so do some stretching every half hour if you plan to do something online for a number of hours. hot compress can be nice too or a back massage with liniment. if you don't have someone to do the massage for you, i think there's a back roller or something. hehe not sure. herbal tea is also nice after the massage or the stretch, followed by (again) sips of water. nothing cold mind you. i don't like mentioning the age factor hehe because it just might backfire on me. but seriously we're still not in that category yet for a good number of years still. hehe take care
@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
12 Mar 10
as far as i know i never sucked on my thumb unless i bashed it into something. thanks for all the great advice. i will definitely try some of that out. yeah it does stiffing up on me if i sit too long at the computer as far as the thumb goes i think i might have rolled over on it while i was sleeping the only thing i can come up with since it didn't hurt before i went to sleep.
@BarBaraPrz (17988)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 Mar 10
Nope! We'll just have ta take ya out behind the barn and shoot ya... Yer getting old, Timmy-boy.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
11 Mar 10
yeah you may be right about that it may just be a part of getting older and may just be some everyday aches and pains, but its not like its something that everyone hasn't had to deal with.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
12 Mar 10
And here I thought you were about to talk about a knee or back injury! You poor thing, lol! You probably slept with it in a weird position. That happens to me sometimes.