Numb

Well, that didn’t take long.

I had tweaked my wrist a few weeks back – no idea how, but it wasn’t too bad. Then, last week, I fell on it while snowboarding. I’m pretty sure I was doing something really awesome at the time – trust me. So, now it hurts more.

I bought and wore a wrist brace just to be safe on my next trips up the hill. Then, several days ago, my left hand just started going numb. Not good. After a few days I started to get a little worried and went to the local clinic. It’s conveniently located at the base of the ski lifts.

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The good news (I guess) is that no bones are broken or fractured. The part that hurts is an injury to the ligaments and connecting tissue. It will take a while to heal.

The numbness is a little bit of a mystery, but it seems isolated to the ulnar nerve. Somehow, I  damaged that too. The doc says it will take a very long time to heal – nerves are one of the slowest things in your body to recover. Or, maybe, I’ll need surgery. We’ll wait and see.

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I now wear a brace full time (but can still snowboard and type one-handed).  I even have to sleep with it. My wrist hurts. And, half of my left hand is numb and tingly.

So, another bump in the road. It could be worse. I get to claim the prize for the first one injured snowboarding this season.

This hasn’t been a very good year for me injury-wise. I think I’m ready to write-off the rest of 2013 and start 2014.

Getting old sucks.

-my dad

 

3 thoughts on “Numb

  • December 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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    I suffered nerve damage when a loose longboard struck me ages ago. It hit me in my forearm and i had a similar loss of sensation and tingling in the blue shaded area. Although I remember it taking a very long time to heal, it came around 100%. Hang tough.

    Steve

  • December 19, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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    Sorry to hear that, Jason! I just had surgery on a nerve in my foot, and it’s healing up well after three weeks. You’ll be back to 100% in no time at all, my friend.

  • December 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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    Look up compession of ulnar nerve through Guyon’s canal. There are amazing PT videos on youtube. There should be a decompression stretch – like rotating your wrist or similar – that won’t harm you and may help. Non invasive, non drug, FREE. IMHO always worth a shot.

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