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Rogerpoco
07-07-2021 at 04:56 PM
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Problem...Understood.

Not solved, and can't be, I don't think.

Ya'll know about the whining I have been doing about my right arm for...gosh...a couple years now, probably.

Some even know about my embarrassing recent adventures, attempting to have an MRI done.

(Who knew I had claustrophobia? Not me...and I'm old...).

So I saw an upper arm specialist, and unless I was in the wrong room was a Duke graduate(poster on the wall), seemed attentive.

Resolution was gonna be for me to have a fully sedated MRI(Whattapuss...), but Wife asked him to check a knot in my right clavicle area-after about a minute of feeling around, taking BP, looking at the internet, he was pretty determined/certain he knew what was going on.

It's called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, is rare-there is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that run under your collarbone and around the first rib-somehow(I'm guessing Dragster), I've shifted my anatomical structure in such a way that it is intermittently blocked, causing blood flow and nerve issues.

I was sure it was from holding down the button on the racing games, but the doctor said more likely it's from holding my arm up vertically in the first place.


I'm new to knowing the diagnosis-from what I understand so far, "physical therapy and pain management" essentially means it'll never get better, it just is what it is-I'm under the impression that I can't make it any worse, but that's presumptious on my part, again, this is new to me.

Sucks. Really, really does.

I'm not planning to give all this up-just gonna do the best I can, with the tools I have available, and even tho it's not great, I AM glad to have some idea, finally, of what's going on, I've felt like a malingerer for a while now, but knowing I was in moderate distress.


Was really impressed-even being a nurse, I just DON'T like doctors, and the Guy seemed to really be interested in "solving the problem", at the very least.


So that's why I have been whining all this time, lol, I KNEW there was a real "something" going on-I'm not too manly but I don't let stuff get to me, complain, Wife was just tired of hearing about it, so she knew there was a real issue!

Anyway.

Back to destroying my arm, I just love you Guys too much to stop.

:P

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  1. MyOwnWorstEnemy's Avatar

    Time to train the left arm Roger... :P

    I know you mentioned it but curious to see if any rotor cuff / shoulder & arm stretches may help alleviate the condition. Damn that Dragster game - helluva price to pay for perfection.

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  2. RaGeNyC's Avatar

    You earned yourself 3 kicks to the balls.


    congrats.











    :D

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  3. RaGeNyC's Avatar

    Daffy says, switch left...




    lol

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  4. thegamer1185's Avatar

    Not sure if it would help, but try acupuncture. I've got a friend whose dad was run over by a tractor...no ****, he was literally run over by a tractor...has been going to this acupuncturist for a few months now and he feels so much better. Pains are going away, his color and blood are flowing better. My buddy is even doing it for his messed up ankle he has had for about 8 years. He is walking better, pain is going away. Sounds like you might be in a position to give it a shot and see what happens. Hope something goes in your favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegamer1185

    Not sure if it would help, but try acupuncture. I've got a friend whose dad was run over by a tractor...no ****, he was literally run over by a tractor...has been going to this acupuncturist for a few months now and he feels so much better. Pains are going away, his color and blood are flowing better. My buddy is even doing it for his messed up ankle he has had for about 8 years. He is walking better, pain is going away. Sounds like you might be in a position to give it a shot and see what happens. Hope something goes in your favor.


    Oh, haha(not really haha), my little Sister(way little, 20 years younger)fell off her Dad's lap on a tractor once, the tire completely went over her-she was sooo lucky, completely fine!


    Haha-I hate needles as much as I hate pain meds, but I'll look into it!!!

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  6. Barthax's Avatar

    after about a minute of feeling around, taking BP, looking at the internet,

    Expert: someone that is one page ahead of you on a Google search. :P

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  7. Blackflag82's Avatar

    When I lived in NYC, I got hit by a car while riding my bike. My knee got pretty jacked up, and I had a sore shoulder/collarbone. The med pros were so focused on my knee and getting therapy for that (it still clicks periodically 15 years later) that they only gave peripheral attention to my shoulder. Well, years later I found out my collarbone had a slight break in it when the accident happened (a massage therapist was able to felt an anomaly on the bone and so I got some xrays done). The collarbone mended, but sits a bit lower than my right side which started to cause me some issues as I aged. Basically, if I don't do enough exercise with it I get pain in my shoulder/neck area and back, and it will eventually start affecting my hip and leg and ankle as well. But if I do too much exercise on it (even with a ton of build up over months) the same thing happens (though it generally doesn't make it down to my hip and below). There's a sweet spot I have to hit...all of that to say, physical therapy for you might just be a process of finding the point that alleviates your pain enough to do the things you want to do...

    or as Daffy suggests...time to switch hands :P

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  8. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackflag82

    When I lived in NYC, I got hit by a car while riding my bike. My knee got pretty jacked up, and I had a sore shoulder/collarbone. The med pros were so focused on my knee and getting therapy for that (it still clicks periodically 15 years later) that they only gave peripheral attention to my shoulder. Well, years later I found out my collarbone had a slight break in it when the accident happened (a massage therapist was able to felt an anomaly on the bone and so I got some xrays done). The collarbone mended, but sits a bit lower than my right side which started to cause me some issues as I aged. Basically, if I don't do enough exercise with it I get pain in my shoulder/neck area and back, and it will eventually start affecting my hip and leg and ankle as well. But if I do too much exercise on it (even with a ton of build up over months) the same thing happens (though it generally doesn't make it down to my hip and below). There's a sweet spot I have to hit...all of that to say, physical therapy for you might just be a process of finding the point that alleviates your pain enough to do the things you want to do...

    or as Daffy suggests...time to switch hands :P


    That sweet spot does sound an awful lot like what I am having to do right now, I bet our issues are similar-mebbe not the cause, but the results.


    My knee clicked so bad about 5 years ago people could hear me coming, haha, was a torn meniscus, one of the few very successful surgeries I have had.


    Thanks, Man!

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  9. Fly's Avatar

    Drugs. Drugs are always the answer. Drugs, I tell you. Lots of drugs.

    Fly

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  10. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Fly

    Drugs. Drugs are always the answer. Drugs, I tell you. Lots of drugs.

    Fly


    Haha-that's actually one of the problems I have with all this-unless I am cut open and bleeding, it's hard to get me to take pain medication, or really any Doctor medication, it either makes me sick or stupid.

    Got my buddy weiser, tho, and he helps me out a lot!!!

  11. gavv's Avatar

    Yeah I think that's what that #1 nba pick a few years ago got (Markelle Fultz?), And couldn't shoot anymore and nearly lost his career before it started

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavv

    Yeah I think that's what that #1 nba pick a few years ago got (Markelle Fultz?), And couldn't shoot anymore and nearly lost his career before it started


    Didn't know that, and an interesting nugget, for sure!

    Kinda not thinking about it-I think there are risky surgical options, but I haven't committed to a particular treatment route yet, 'cept the beer.

    :)

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