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#361598 - 12/22/11 07:15 AM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: tomtuttle]
Murph Offline

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Loc: PEI, Canada
Good luck Mike. Resist temptations to speed things along (that's always my hardest battle) and keep us posted.
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#361601 - 12/22/11 08:39 AM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: tomtuttle]
grunt Offline

Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 3569
Loc: Nirvana
I hope this works out for you Michael. I apologize if I’ve asked before and forgotten but how did your tendons get so bad?

I’m more than a little interested in your progress just in case I end up screwing up my tendons more by lifting. I I’ve been trying some new exercise and massage therapy that seems to be helping but only time will tell.
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#361602 - 12/22/11 08:45 AM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: tomtuttle]
terzaghi Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4870
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Good luck with your recovery

#361604 - 12/22/11 08:59 AM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: michael_d]
cb919 Offline

Registered: 02/17/09
Posts: 1165
Loc: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted By: michael_d
... Now I need to figure out what the heck to keep myself busy with for the next few weeks. Damn I'm bored... Stoned and sleepy too...

How about you boost your post count with drug induced ramblings? grin

Seriously, I hope the recovery goes well and you come out of it all new and improved.
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#361605 - 12/22/11 09:46 AM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: cb919]
St_PatGuy Offline

Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7463
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Michael, I hope your recovery goes well.
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#361611 - 12/22/11 11:17 AM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: St_PatGuy]
BobKay Offline

Registered: 03/23/10
Posts: 3596
Loc: Massachusetts Badlands
Michael, I think you did the right thing. Those medical "choices" are always difficult. As someone who completely understands those situations, if something is offered that is new to you, and all else has failed, go for it.

Your descriptions of the pain confirm that it was severely interfering with your quality of life--always the main issue.

I sincerely hope that you regain your former function, but now without pain. And if there's post-procedure physical therapy involved, do yourself a big favor and don't skip days here and there.

And your recovery will (seem to) go much more quickly if you continue taking the codeine---with cocktails.
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#361636 - 12/22/11 01:55 PM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: BobKay]
michael_d Offline

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 4195
Loc: Up yonder
Thanks for the kind words fellas.

Jay - the five week recovery of "no heavy lifting" was meant for me. I've been body building for roughly 30 years. He told me I could go back to work as soon as I get off the pain meds, but to just take it easy. You are a mechanic right? That would be tough. You wouldn't be able to wrestle tires around or swing a 5# hammer when replacing ball joints. But one thing to keep in mind, is that the recovery for surgery is even longer. The best option is to simply take care of yourself and when you start feeling pain in the elbow tendons, go see a doctor. This is not an injury that you can just work through.

Dean - I am insatiably determined (stubborn). 'No pain, no gain' and 'stop being a pussy' were my motto's for decades. It worked mostly, but with tendons, it just makes the injury worse to try and push through it. Between heavy lifting in the gym, over doing it at work when I was wrenching and building things (not asking for help moving things), and thinking I was invincible is what got me here. Prior to my decline three years ago, I would pyramid up to 405 on flat bench (four reps) and work up to 75 pound dumbbell curls. For your reference, I'm 5'10" and weighed 205 with a pretty low body fat less then 8. So as you continue to put on weight and get stronger in your own routine (as you undoubtedly will), make sure you warm up with plenty of light reps first, avoid max reps of less than 3, and when you start feeling pain from the weight, stop! You can tell the difference between tendons and muscle. In my case, I felt the pain, but didn't pay attention to it until it got too bad. Another thing that probably contributed to my injury is that I would never do forearm workouts. I figured that with my day to day life of working with my hands, and all the other griping exercises I was doing, I didn't need to work forearms. I now see that was a mistake. If you at least do over and under wrist curls, you will work the tendons and make them stronger. Just make sure to stretch on the negative.

#361647 - 12/22/11 03:19 PM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: michael_d]
grunt Offline

Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 3569
Loc: Nirvana
Thanks for the explanation and advice Michael. I too am stubborn about working out. Perhaps addicted is a better word. I also have been making the mistake of not doing forearm work thinking that just heavy lifting was enough to improve grip strength. However, the more I read the more I realize the error in my ways.

Recently I’ve started doing the following. Finger extension exercises, the opposite of gripping, to balance out my forearm work. I do them whenever I think about it like in my car using the cup holders while sitting in traffic. I’m also doing very deep hard massaging of my forearm muscles, well all my muscles now, and especially my tendons. I just started doing reverse wrist curls. I now use straps for all pulling lifts except when doing max Deadlifts. I’m also doing tonnes of light weight Curls and Lat Pulls to work blood into my muscles and tendons. So far it seems to be working as I can now do Pull-Ups and Chin-Ups without the tendon pain being the limiting factor. My biggest problem is that patience is not my strong suit when it comes to personal goals.
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#361664 - 12/22/11 09:02 PM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: grunt]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10415
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
Good memory, I am a mechanic.

Seems like we 3 make/have made the same mistake in the gym and I am sure we are not the only ones, throw in 20+ years as a mechanic and the forearms get no rest. I also lived th elife of "No Pain No gain" and worked through far too many injuries. I am able to keep my extremely painful days to a minimum with stretches I do so I am not quite ready to push for this procedure....yet.

I hope I can start lifting again this winter now that my basement is done and my parents have moved in. I know I am going to have take it excruciatingly slow, hardest thing to do when you can remember lifting soo much heavier.

Best of luck Michael.


#361699 - 12/23/11 07:54 AM Re: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection [Re: jakewash]
onn Offline

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 999
Loc: Edmonton Alberta
Wishing you a speedy recovery Michael!
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