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Nine Lives? Well I am minus one more I guess?

    Tue, 2010-05-25 11:42 — Scotty

    I don't go to the emergency room unless I think it is life threatening or something is broken.  I don't like to go to the Dr. much at all. Been too many times.

    While I was in China, I managed to mess my back up again. I was in a lot of pain over there and went home early.  Since I have been back, my back has really been bugging me.  I have been getting a lot of help from my two good Dr.'s See plug below:

    Pro Active Wellness Center -

    The Orange County Acupuncture Clinic -

    Friday I went to a medical Dr. cause my back and leg were killing me. This Dr. and I, (wish I had his name close by to fill in here) was an ass. Guy didn't listen to a word I said and just gave me some drugs and sent me on my way, saying my injury was not that bad.  WTF

    Well I did as I was told, I took the meds, I walked for exercise, and on Saturday and Sunday I was in so much pain I could hardly breath. My leg was numb on the outside and my feet were swollen and freezing cold. I tried to call the Dr. and no answer. Saturday was so bad that I couldn't sit or lay down all day or my leg would get cramped up from the never firing down my legged like a uzi aimed at my foot. God it hurt. I was eating pain pills like tick tacs and nothing was helping.

    Finally. Monday came and I had a busy day. I called my Dr. first thing and got only his secretary. I told her my problems and she told me he would call me back ASAP. Well about 2:30 or 3 p.m. I got the call. I was on my way to the San Diego OTM Fight Shop to congratulate them on their great work. 

    So I give the Dr. all my symptoms and he starts freaking out. Telling me I have to go to the emergency room now.  Stop driving the car and go. This is how smart my Dr. is, stop driving the car and go straight to the ER.  LOL 

    So the Dr. tells me I have a blood clot, could be in my leg or my back. It could cause a stroke and I could die! WTF? Just 3 days before you were all but calling me a pussy and now you're telling me I might die!!

    So I turn around and race 1 1/2 hours back to Redondo to go the ER.  Man being in the ER room sucks.  Nothing good going on there.  Yuck!

    Once in the hospital, I was pretty worried. My leg was super cold and I think I was imagining it was falling off or some shit, but the hours in the car hadn't helped either.

    It didn't take that long to see a Dr. and they were all very serious about the whole thing. I guess I didnt know much about it and how dangerous it was. But I was getting clued in.

    Once I saw the Dr. and gave him my whole story from 16 getting hit by a van and breaking my pelvis in 2 places to China trip and smashing my spine on a run down some stairs.  He looked at me and smiled, said he didn't think there was any chance I really had a blood clot. He said they would do all the tests to make sure, but it sounded like exactly what I told him i thought it was, a badly pinched nerve. 

    So after 6 hours, I was out of the hospital,  got the meds I had asked the original dipshit Dr. about that he told me i didnt need, and I was off and heading home. 

    It was a scary ride in traffic for a couple of hours to the ER. Thanks to all the people that called me and kept me from freaking out!

    Not sure if that counts as one of my 9 lives, but it was still scary.  


    JessiTaran's picture

    WAAAY more than nine...

    YIKES! Very scary. Is your back pain somewhat better now (I hope)? I have two bulging discs from a car crash I was in about 12 years ago. At one point the pain was so bad for so long, that I thought I might not be able to continue training. Luckily, one of my neighbors - Anne Manat - turned out to be an amazingly gifted physical therapist/ massuse/ healer-type person. She works out of a private training facility - Pipa Fitness in Oakland (she's also listed in my Facebook Friends pages), and primarily with pro football players. My guess is that her usual rates are probably pretty damn high - but whatever she charges - it's worth it. Seriously. I don't know what exactly it is that she does (though I do know it HURTS like a motherfucker) - but  I do know that unlike just about every other orthopedist/ massage therapist/ body worker/ physical therapist I've ever been to - Anne was actually able to FIX a a fairly serious injury that I was dealing with at the time.
    Anne also gave me some excellent advice with regard to my back problems. She told me that instead of just focusing on the area where I was experiencing the pain - my low back - I needed to give more attention to stretching out the muscles in my hips and legs. I've been following her advice for about 4 years now, and much to my surprise, it's made a HUGE difference in the amount of pain I experience on a daily basis(providing I actually remember to do the stretches at least 4 times a week).
    The other person who really helped me with my back was an accupuncturist (Dave?), who I'm fairly sure is now either a brown - or possibly even black - belt over at the Ralph Gracie Academy in SF. Kurt would know who I'm talking about, should you want to get in touch with him. The guy uses needles which are (no exaggeration) at least six or seven inches long, and when he uses them on you, it literally feels like you're being pinned to the table with frikkin' samurai swords. On the other hand - to this day, it's the only treatment I've ever found that's been in any way effective in terms of making my back spasms go away.
    Hope you're feeling better (and am also very glad you didn't wind up dying on us by the way...).

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    Biscoito's picture


    Dude, you need a new Doctor. This is simply unacceptable. Send me a private message if you need a referral.

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    prettysandiegogirl's picture

    Active Release Technique (Thanks Scotty :)

    Scotty told me how much Active Release Technique has helped his tendinitis and back problems and recommended that I get ART on my forearms and wrists.  I had my first appointment today in San Diego and the doctor said I'll probably need 4-6 treatments.  My forearms already feel better (although they are a little sore from the treatment.)  I work for a university and I'm at a computer all day.  Combined with being a full time student, the overuse trauma to my arms day after day has left my grip very weak and my arms very sore, too.  One of the goals I set for myself this year was to finally starting training in Muay Thai and my doctor said I should be good to go soon.  Thanks Scotty!  I heart OTM!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    JessiTaran's picture

    Forearm pain

    I don't know what kind of training you usually do, but if the pain doesn't get better you might want to talk to your doctor about taking a special test for a supposedly rare condition known as 'chronic compartment syndrome'. After several years of training in agony, in 2007, the 'tendinitis' in both of my forearms had become so painful and incapacitating, that I finally decided to go to India for surgery (tendinitis surgery isn't a legally approved procedure here in the US). However, when I was on the operating table, the doctor happened to notice that something about the muscle fascia (the encapsulating tissue surrounding the muscle fiber) just didn't look quite right. He told me that he decided to stick his scalpel into the muscle in my forearm 'just for to check' - and  the muscle 'exploded out like a flower'! Apparently, had I not gotten the surgery and simply continued on with my training despite the pain I was in-  within a year or two, both of my arms would have most likely wound up having to be amputated. (EEEK!!!)
    Now you know I had to be pretty damn desperate to be willing to risk surgery in frikkin' INDIA (there was a god-damn flyswatter in the operating theater !!!) . By the time I went there, FIVE different American doctors had all diagnosed me as having tendinitis. Despite my continued assertions that my pain wasn't centered around my elbow (i.e. the tendon), but rather the middle part of my interior forearm, I was told that it HAD to be tendinitis simply because there wasn't anything else it could possibly be. My suspicion is that 'chronic compartment syndrome' probably isn't as rare as doctors think - but rather just misdiagnosed 99.9% of the time. If the pain in your arms doesn't go away, it might be worth looking into at any rate.

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    Gumby's picture

    I think this brings you down

    I think this brings you down to five or six buddy!

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