garyb wrote:I've been wanting to ask a question on this forum, but didn't want to sound like a whinger or start an agony column.
No hijack at all, examining the possible long term, even subtle impacts of the sport we love is spot on. I've been going through something similar a couple of pinches nerves one associated with a trigger point in my trap and the other related to a herniated disk between C6 and C7. I've had referral pain, tingling and numbness down my left arm and into some of the fingers for a couple of months. The injury was a product of two things, I think, one was being dragged a 100 ft. through the dunes recently and the other was a decade of kiting related impacts including a couple serious ones, hitting houses, etc.. I believe this stuff can be cumulative. In my case, with PT, acupuncture, cervical traction, icing, padding the impacted area when pressured (sitting or lying down) and a rehab activity, the symptoms are almost gone. Yeeha! Rehab activities will vary but in my case swimming free style for a nerve impingement years back and today strangely enough riding a bike have caused symptoms to ease. Back to core strengthening and other conditioning soon. At the same time, not sure about cracking the whip with my spine in wipeouts from 30 ft. anytime soon at this point. Loss of function is a scary prospect but perhaps not as likely as it seems sometimes.
There is some good advice out there, "if it hurts to do this, don't!" I used to compensate for some sprained wrists, unknowingly, with wrist bands. Not real smart but we all learn eventually. Not saying to give up kiting or other impact prone activities but suggesting taking on and trying to heal through whatever means some of the underlying problems. Ease off kiting as things come together if it is aggravating things. You should know if it is.
As unsettling as disk issues, pinched nerves and pain can be, I've learned that some have surpassed these issues in a very big way. Of course they also did this when they were in their 20's. One guy won an Olympic Metal with a pinched nerve causing some internal issues and another became a world champion free diver despite cervical fracture and related effects at an early age. Each case is different, as are the symptoms, rehab and succession but there are some amazing stories out there.
Good stories out there, please keep them coming. This isn't something for older guys alone either. Lots of young folks have been forced away from activities due to trauma and resulting complications. Then again, the demographics of our sport favor older guys having been into it about ten years ago anyway.