A couple of months ago I took up running. I've been pacing myself, working on proper form and using the couch 2 5k app. I haven't been having much trouble at all after the initial shin splints and leg cramps. That is until Wednesday, when my first race was Friday. [more inside]
My friend fell about 15 feet while we were bouldering and severely dislocated his elbow. Tendons were, to the surprise of the doctor, not torn; ligaments were pretty bad, broken. They said he had a "terrible trifecta". He currently has his arm in a cast and they're monitoring progress to determine surgery or not. We're likely looking at some 15 weeks he's in some state of immobility for his arm. He is supposed to rotate his shoulder as much as possible and clench his hand. He's an incredibly active and dynamic person and very much wants to recover fully and get back to activity. It's pretty difficult to watch him in the current state , despite the fact that we're so glad that he only injured his elbow. How do we help him have the best recovery possible? 1) Tips for supporting the physical recovery of a dislocated appendage and 2) Does anyone have any tips on how to stay sane during his time out? Everything appreciated. Thanks!
I've had RSI related pain in my right wrist (right side) now for over a year that's showed no sign of improvement. My work is all computer based (admin) and the software we used isn't very shortcut friendly, so I'm using the mouse all day. I've had to give up playing guitar (my favourite hobby) because it causes me too much pain to play. The pain is constant from the moment I wake up (around a 2-3) then gets worse throughout the day (up to about a 5) when I use my wrists. I'd love to take some time off to rest my wrist but I literally use it for everything. [more inside]
In January of this year, I suffered a really, really severe 3rd degree sprain of my left ankle. I asked this question back in March, and y'all gave me a bunch of great advice. Hopefully you have some more, because I'm struggling to adjust to my new weak-ankled life. [more inside]
Last year we were in a car accident and at fault. We are in Georgia. No injuries were reported on the scene, but we recently found out that there is an open medical claim from this accident. We had crappy coverage, so I'm guessing the claim will be over our maximum injury coverage. We've never been through this before and are pretty anxious. Since our insurance company is not a resource for legal advice, what kind of lawyer or other advocate should I seek to understand and best cooperate with this process?
I've had a nagging injury/pain thing happening toward the front of my ankle on the inside, sometimes traveling up my shin. I'd like to get back into the training/running groove I was in back in January, but I keep having to take a few days or a week off here and there and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
My father in law recently suffered a traumatic brain injury, and is hospitalized. We are trying to learn everything we can to help with care and recovery. [more inside]
I've just received a group email from a relative telling us that she is pulling out of the London Marathon on Saturday due to injury. [more inside]
My mom had a stroke, she's doing ok but is having a lot of trouble talking clearly and has some fine motor control issues. Any suggestions for apps or resources for Android or Ipad apps or resources that could make it easier for her to use them? [more inside]
I used to love shoes and dressing nice even on off-days with a slick pair of Stacey Adams Concordes... Well, long story short, partially through my own clumsiness & through my work, I injured my toe and had to go through physical therapy for a long time. Funny how a really minor injury can mess your life up. [more inside]
My son (he will be 3 next week) has a blister on his leg resulting from exposure to bleach while at daycare. Apparently, the cleaning crew left some bleach on the floor, and he knelt in it, and it ate a hole through his pants and left a blister on his leg. The daycare seems as horrified by this as we are. How should we proceed? [more inside]
About a month ago, I had a mishap on some stairs and ended up with a third-degree sprain of my left ankle. I've got what is apparently a very long recovery ahead of me, and I'm already going insane. I need some tips and tricks to make the next few months more manageable. [more inside]
I destroyed a finger in a way that is permanent & painful (details inside). I think even partnered dance might be impossible because the way my hand would be held might hurt. While I'm looking for non-partnered dance classes that fit my schedule (way harder than I thought!), are there any other fitness activities I could learn that would result in a skill akin to dance, rock climbing, or martial arts? [more inside]
I had an appointment with a surgeon, waited 3 weeks, and now they postponed my appointment another 3 weeks. Help me find someone else? [more inside]
I work for a small business - a small chain of used bookstores. Recently, I broke my ankle. It was a home accident; I took a week off & then went back to work with a boot on my foot, crutches and a mobility knee scooter. My boss now wants me to sign a 2 page document in deepest legalese which, as far as I can tell, releases them from all liability of any kind if I hurt myself further by working while injured OR hurt anyone else (by running them over with my scooter?) This document would appear to never expire & says that I can never claim workmans comp, or, interestingly, that if I should die, my heirs cannot sue them. It also says that if I don't sign it they want me to go on unpaid leave until I am fully recovered. Under the ADA, aren't they supposed to make allowances for me? I am not asking them to pay for anything or even provide anything. [more inside]
I am helping a family friend who was in a severe car accident. She is not a native English speaker and has zero experience with lawyers. I have worked with them plenty in a business setting, but never around personal injury. There is no question of fault and she has injuries that will impact her for life. Should we try to negotiate with the insurance company ourselves and save the 30% fee an attorney would take? [more inside]
I have recently gotten back into cardio and have signed up for a Spartan a Race in April...yeah me! Now the problem...I think I have extensor tendinitis in my left foot. About a mile into a run/walk, the top of my foot up into my ankle starts to burn. It doesn't stop me, but damn it hurts. I have tried loosening my laces, ice, pain killers...no help. Is there anything other than stopping the cardio? Thanks hive!
I enjoy playing sports regularly (once or twice a day) and I end up getting injured often, (rolled ankle, straight calf, tight hamstring, over-use injuries too) and I'd like recommendations on injury prevention. Specific exercises, books, DVDs, principles, equipment, anything that can keep me in the field with less injuries. [more inside]
My dog's medical history has our vet stumped. Very low platelet count, lethargy, bad limping on one hind leg - two similar but not identical incidents 6 months apart. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
I have the beginnings of knee pain and instability that's not doctor-worthy yet. Patellar tendon area. What's going on mechanically and how can I help it recover? [more inside]
My father is 50 years old, 5'11 (1m82) and weighs 165 pounds (75kg). He used to run 7km everyday in our local park, maintaining a constant heart rate of 135 bpm. For half a year, his right meniscus (not totally sure) makes a friction sound nas he extends his leg. While extended, he can also make the knee cap move a little with his hand. He feels no pain from it. [more inside]
This past weekend a dark brown blotch appeared on my daughter's finger. It kind of looks like someone took a brown marker and just dabbed it quickly. My daughter wouldn't let us touch it at first and she kind of acted like it hurt but wouldn't confirm or deny it hurting. There is no difference in texture to the skin - it's not a scab. It's just discoloration. [more inside]
I injured my foot just before moving from Canada to NYC. Now I'm in worsening pain and walking is difficult. I won't have health insurance for at least another week, possibly more. What should I do? [more inside]
A friend has a very painful foot injury and needs enough painkillers to sleep and work. The doctor will not provide any. This is interfering with employment, not to mention with getting better. What can we do? [more inside]
My partner was recently injured in a traumatic accident that, miraculously, resulted only in orthopedic injuries that have him on bed rest for at least 8 weeks. The upside? I have the whole summer off the care for him. The downside? I have the whole summer off and we both might go crazy. [more inside]
A few weeks ago our pooch tore his ACL according to his vet. I asked this question. We have been following all the advice given. We were doing ok. Today I let him out back while I was bringing in the groceries and heard the yelp. Now his other leg is busted too I think. I have more questions. [more inside]
I found out two days ago that my 6-year-old dog has something called IVDD, which is Intervertebral Disc Disease. I am hoping to get advice on how to live and help him live a happy life given this diagnosis. I welcome anecdotes, science, warm wishes, advice... [more inside]
My cat loves to be combed. She was fine with a brush, then I tried a comb, and then I tried another comb. She absolutely loves to be combed with that one. I know the benefits of removing cat hair. This is not utilitarian any more, it's a thing she loves and wants. Will my cat ask for more combing than is good for her? [more inside]
Hello Mefites! I'm currently preparing for a 100m and a 1000m sprinting test in early June that will be taken into account in an admission exam. My main problem is that I have been having shin splints for over two weeks now from a sudden increase in training, and I don't know what I should do right now. [more inside]
I have a rental car that's due back this morning. But I injured my back yesterday, and I can't drive without a ton of pain. My boyfriend could drive it, but I am the only driver on the rental agreement. What should I do?
Tips? Ideas? Commiseration? Humorous anecdotes? Heartfelt grievances? All gladly accepted. Bulleted summary below the fold. [more inside]
What was this novel/short story/screenplay/dream I read? Seeing Wow, that literally costs an arm and a leg! on the front page reminds me powerfully of a scene in something I read where a father plots his successive and continuing workplace injuries to maximize the insurance payouts, which are used for the benefit of his daughter. [more inside]
I'm taking 2100mg Gabapentin daily for an impinged nerve in my neck due to degenerative disc disease and stenosis. I want to step down off the drug because of the side effects I'm experiencing. If the drug is actually doing something to heal the problem then I won't, but if it's just acting as a pain reliever with no other benefits then I'd prefer the pain over the side effects. [more inside]
I'm in Vietnam, soon to be India, and I have a medical problem and a credit card problem. (1.) How to treat stitches in my leg from an injury I got 17 days ago? YANMD, but you speak English. (2.) Credit card: My card is lost, where in Northern India should I get the replacement sent? [more inside]
I fractured my foot, and the doc is threatening cast and crutches if the CAM walker doesn't work. I need help making it work without wrenching the rest of my body. (details beneath the fold) [more inside]
I am currently waiting for ankle ligament reconstruction surgery, but still want to keep as active as possible in the meantime. My two main ways of exercising - riding my horse and playing soccer weekly - are now out of the question, what else can I do to maintain some level of activity that doesn't involve using my injured ankle too much? [more inside]
My knee has started to ache while running, and although the pain isn't excruciating I'm starting to feel it while at rest as well. I'd like to hear some exercises that I could work on while I'm waiting (weeks) to see a sports doc. [more inside]
I have stitches in my tongue and eating anything that's not completely smooth is painful. I've spent the last two days subsisting on broth and ice cream, but this evening I'll be going on a trip to a remote cabin and I need some help deciding what food to bring. [more inside]
Caught in Limbo With Injury - Worker's Comp or Not? [more inside]
A last-minute injury put a halt on our planned anniversary travel. What is the most fun/exciting/interesting/relaxing place we can go or thing we can do instead, given our limitations? [more inside]
I'm registered for the Chicago Marathon this October (in 11 weeks) . It'll be my first race running this far. I also bruised the hell out of my heel 2 weeks ago. Now that I can run again, how do I adjust my training plan? [more inside]
I got tangled up with some elkhorn coral in Belize yesterday and got a couple of scrapes. What do I do now? [more inside]
About two weeks ago I unfortunately had a minor injury, which scabbed up. The scab fell off somewhere between several days and a week ago, and the area is now pinkish and slightly raised. The pink color has been going down somewhat over the past few days, but is still there. I have been putting a silicon-based product on it, as well as keeping it out of the sun. Is there anything else I can/should be doing to prevent scarring?
My 11 year old daughter suffered two stress fractures in the top of her foot back in May. It is now late July and she is still in a lot of pain and still on crutches, unable to bear any weight, even in a boot. The orthopedic says it is because she needs physical therapy and that she should be healed by now. [more inside]
I injured my elbow or forearm while bouldering (climbing at relatively short heights without a rope). I have never had an elbow or arm injury and need some advice on a) what I may have done and b) how to manage it while it heals. Main points: I have gone to a doctor, x-rays were taken, as expected the arm is not broken, nothing further was done at the doc's office. I think it was a purely rotational injury, not compressional. Plenty more details under the cut. [more inside]
I was recently diagnosed with a tibial stress fracture. I'd like to keep up my aerobic fitness during the 6-8 weeks the doctor said I wouldn't be able to run, but everything I have tried (cycling, aqua running) is not giving me a workout even remotely comparable to that of my running sessions. Please come up with some neato workouts I could try which don't stress the ankle, so I can run strong post-rehab. Details inside. [more inside]
YANMD: I tweaked my achillies playing tennis last night (this has happened before), I'm quite limpy and in pain today. My parents (who I rarely get to see) are coming to town this weekend and we have a great hike planned. What should I be doing for the next 48 hours to increase the likelihood that we can actually go out as planned?
My mother was recently in a car crash near her hone in Northern Virginia. The other driver was at fault and the insurance companies were sorting it out. She was diagnosed with whiplash at the ER soon after and spenfew days immobile from pain. After recuperating, she went on holiday to Europe While there, she was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism that doctors believe may stem from the crash. A. Am I correct in believing we need to lawyer up? B. If so, are there recommendations for an attorney in Northern Virginia who could take this case on?
Got a little too enthusiastic practicing my Zumba moves a couple days ago, and smashed my pinkie toe into the coffee table. Oops. How can I burn 500 calories a day through exercise, and avoid going stir crazy with a freshly broken toe? [more inside]
I have had multiple hamstring muscle surgeries. According to my surgeon, I currently don't need any more surgeries, and I have just completed 1 year of rehab, but not with a hamstring rehabilitation expert. I would like to seek out the best hamstring physical rehabilitation expert in USA (or if they're really good, anywhere in the whole world), and go receive physical rehabilitation from them. Who is the best hamstring physical rehabilitation expert in the world? How can I find him/her?