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Non-Bike Related "Injury" Keeping Me Off My Bike...(Grrr...)

Old 01-29-16, 08:31 AM
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Non-Bike Related "Injury" Keeping Me Off My Bike...(Grrr...)

For about a month I had been experiencing an intermittent sharp pain on the front of my left thumb between the knuckles. But when I started experiencing numbness, and just on the skin on the front between the knuckles I saw the doctor. He poked and prodded, pushed and pulled and is pretty sure it's not bike related or carpal-tunel. In fact it wouldn't bother me on the bike or typing at work (of which I do a lot). It seemed to come into play mostly when I was reaching for the TV remote to my left, or reaching for an object towards my left. I probably could have ridden my "big" bike with crossfire shifters, or my old roadie with friction shifters on the downtube. But the Brifters on the new bike would have been difficult. I say "could have" because the brace is now off, and the thumb is feeling much better, with only an occasional twinge, but quick dissipation of the pain and no numbness. But I was advised to stay off the bike for another week to be safe. If I were in my 30s or 40s I would have ignored his advice. But in my 50s I find I don;t heal as quickly as I did before, so I will wait until Tuesday. Mondays I have to be somewhere after work, too far to bike in time to attend.

So starting yesterday and until Tuesday I am walking the treadmill in the morning like I did on snowy icy days before I bought the studded snow tire this winter. (Or like I did the second six months of that year I had to take off a few back) It was tough to miss out on some cold, snowy riding last week. But when we had a stretch of warmer sunny days I missed riding even more.

I would cross my fingers for resuming my riding on Tuesday, but I don;t want to re-aggravate my thumb.
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Old 01-29-16, 03:17 PM
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Waiting is tough but getting on a treadmill or maybe a recumbent bike at the gym are good ideas.

I hope the hand heels up and you're out in the wilds of winter soon.
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Old 01-29-16, 03:23 PM
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Are you a lefty? Sounds like repetitive stress from keyboard, hand writing and/or mobile device diddling.

If you're not a lefty, might be supporting hand stress from using mobile devices. I get weird cramps in my left hand from propping up my Kindle while I'm reading or watching movies. Using a Targus Versavu rotating case helps - it offers a few different positions and can be self supporting so my hand isn't in the same position too long.

Unless you have skin sensitivities or other health issues, topical analgesics containing salicylic acid (aspirin), menthol, etc., can help. I use 'em for psoriatic arthritis flare ups, which also coincide with skin psoriasis. Those odorless white cream salicylic acid topical analgesics are good for both.
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Trade ya!

I've got an inoperable rotator cuff tear, three tendons; permanent condition, have to live with it. Had to adapt the bike to keep riding -- no more bunnyhops for this kid.

On the up side, I did the ride to the VA today, a normal 23-25 minute ride, in 28. Barely a dozen rides since the second week of October.
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Thanks all. I'm a righty. I have had the brace off for three days, and neither typing nor smart phoning has aggravated it. Just a couple of time reaching for the remote again, and pushing trash down into a trash can. And then only for a moment. It snowed last night and I really want to ride in it, but I will wait untill tuesday morning.
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It'll trade you one repetitive stress injury and a rotator cuff tear for two ruptured disks! I have no idea how it happened, except maybe it's an indicator of an active life and being north of 50 years old. Most pain I've experienced since... since... a rotator cuff injury playing racquetball!
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No rides since a 12-mile bike commute on Dec 23rd. And we've had a four-week stretch of record warm weather in south Texas! Grrrrrrrrr...
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