August 27, 2008 5:28 AM Subscribe
Is it normal that I get injured so easily?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Every time I tried something just a little bit physically demanding for the last half year or so, I seem to injure myself. I hurt my wrist after an afternoon of rowing, I hurt my knees after playing DDR half an hour every day for a week. I hurt my shoulder after playing bass half an hour once or twice a day for a week. I hurt my other shoulder after playing Wii Sports for less than an hour one day. I find it difficult to describe the severity, but in all cases I really thought it was bad. When I hurt my shoulder it was so bad that I could not lie comfortably in bed, I could not turn around and needed help getting up. I could not turn my head around at all. The wrist pain was only tolerable once fixated. The knees were not quite as bad, but it still hurt quite a bit.
I think I did the right things: I did the easy levels on the videogames, I was really not pushing anything, I have a great supportive strap for my bass and I never practiced for more than half an hour at a time (because I was busy, not because I was worried about injuries). The rowing thing was longer, but there were two rowers in the boat and we took breaks and turns. It was relaxed rowing, not for speed. I can understand a muscle ache after each of these activities, but I wonder if it is normal or common to get such severe pain so often.
The pain always comes up quickly, but not immediately. It is not that I feel something snap or crack and immediately stop playing, the pain starts a few hours afterwards.
The pain does usually go away rather quickly. It is usually very painful for a few days, after that it becomes a muscle ache kind of pain and then it goes away completely.
I don't have any other health problems, but after giving birth (five years ago) I had quite severe pelvic pain that also went away completely within a few months. Recently, I notice that the pain sometimes is back. It is not severe at all, but it is there, while I was completely pain free for years. I don't know if that's relevant.
It is strange to me to suddenly be so fragile. I wonder if this could be a symptom for something, or if it is likely just bad luck.
I don't want to go to a doctor now, unless there really is reason for concern.