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On 22/03/2019 at 8:51 PM, ThirdDrawerDown said:

A friend is a research chemist in this area. In conversation and offhandedly I have referred to him as my friend who tests cannabis for a living.

 

Before that, he used to test viagra...

WTF!!

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On 03/03/2019 at 8:58 PM, Marc said:

It’s going to be a slow recovery it seems. The shoulder has been put back together. My hand still doesn’t work though and have almost unbearable pain through my hand from the nerve damage which shows no signs of easing up yet. Drugs have been completely ineffective. Seeing another doc about that tomorrow.

 How's the nerve going, Marc ? any signs of function returning ?  can be v slow

 

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No improvement. Had my 6-week op follow up today and have now been referred to a neurosurgeon.

Have to have MRIs of spinal cord and base of the nerves that lead to the arm. Then go from there I guess.

Not much fun.

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Geezus Marc : all the best with all that you are having to go through .

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Thats no good mate. Hopefully the neurosurgeon can help.

 

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All the best @Marc, hopefully things will improve soon.

 

My wife pinched a nerve in her elbow post opp after having a plate fixed to her humerus. It meant she couldn't open her fingers on her right hand... and she's a surgeon and right handed. It took 5 months before she had decent movement back and a further 2 months of intense physio to get strength and dexterity back. Thankfully in her case, there was only minor nerve pain involved

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...,, Had a C5/6/7 discectomy and fusions done late 2017. 

Still in rehab and light duties.

 

Apparently I was very lucky not to been paralysis from neck and down.

Since I was under the knife under 24 hours after 2 MRI scans.

 

So only spinning classes atm

 

 

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Hey Marc, just wondering how your recovering is going and hoping you might get back on your Merida if you haven't sold it, this is a great sport so be great to see you back out there!!

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Thanks for asking @The Bluesman - sadly recovery is very slow and still ongoing.

I'm starting to get a small amount of movement back in my shoulder and arm, but the nerve injury is ongoing and pain in my hand and fingers has not eased up. Seeing a Neurosurgeon June 5th so hopefully, I'll have some answers then.

 

Getting back on a bike is a long way off, and for now, I'm more focused on just regaining some use of my left arm again first and foremost and hopefully some answers on dealing with the nerve pain. 

 

Haven't sold the bike, though I've still never picked it up from the shop (I was riding with the shop boys when the accident happened).

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5 hours ago, Marc said:

<snip>Getting back on a bike is a long way off, and for now, I'm more focused on just regaining some use of my left arm again first and foremost and hopefully some answers on dealing with the nerve pain. 

Let me encourage you to investigate alternatives to standard medicine for movement and pain improvements.

 

Two surgeons, 3 physios, and I got better results from EFT and Bowen.

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@Marc Hopefully all is going well or you have less pain mate.

I was riding Mountain bikes back in the very early 80's and loved it. Gave up cycling due to too many injuries though.

And I realised back in April, that when you get old, its easier to hurt yourself badly.

I fell(Walking) after rolling an ankle in a Westfield carpark and tore three Tendons in my shoulder. WTF.

Continuous pain for 7 weeks so far. Have to be really careful with what I do with my arm.

Operation on 23/07.

You just don't know whats around the corner. Saw that bit when you were talking about your dad and The Cross. Everybody went there back in the day as after 11pm, everything else was closed. Good memories.

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@Marc - been nearly 2 months since you last posted and nerve progress is slow (months).

Anything yet ? more operations planned ?

 

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@Marc Also interested to know how that injury is now?

 

Hope you are not doing any lifting with the preparations for this show.

 

Edit: i don't expect any update soon, obviously you are very busy with here, the show and other things, hope it has progressed for the better in some way.

Edited by Muon N'

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Sorry for the lack of updates. I guess more than anything, I've been learning to come to terms with my injuries.

 

I have chronic nerve pain as the result of trauma/damage to the Median nerve in my left arm. No prescribed drugs ever worked and just put me in very bad mental states. I kicked all the drugs and learned to manage the pain. I've lost all grip strength in my left hand and have little real feeling, other than pain sensation (extreme heat, extreme cold).

 

My shoulder which was dislocated and a broken Humerus has recovered well as it normally should. I've got most movement back but not much above my head.

 

I see an Occupational Therapist and an Osteopath once a week, and there is very little, very slow progress. Best guesses are that the Median nerve will recover, but most say at a rate of 1mm per day. The estimated distance between my injury and my hand is around 400mm. 

 

I remind myself that this relatively minor accident could have been a whole lot worse though, and that there's still people out there in much more difficult situations and more pain than I am though.

 

As to getting back on the bike. I can't wait!
I don't quite have the grip strength to hold the bars yet, but I'm determined. My MTB trail days are over though.
I'm going to deck the bike out for long distance and start looking at rail trails and longer, flat ground rides as soon as I can do so.


Thanks for asking all. It's been a difficult year and certainly took its toll on my family too. Things are looking up and I hope by this time next year, there will have been much improvement.

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Very cool kicking the pain drugs and learning to deal with it, Marc. I relate.

 

I also admire your attitude that you have adopted, and while it doesn't diminish the severity of your injury it always helps to adopt the attitude you have.

 

Wish you a shorter recovery than predicted for what it is worth, but you have earned extra respect from myself in how you are dealing with things :thumb:

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Glad to hear you are dealing better with your injuries @Marc. Best of luck going forward.

 

If it is of any comfort to you, my wife's nerve injury was very slow to heal initially and really had her down for several months, however the movement and feeling in her fingers came back pretty quickly in the end, once initial movement started returning. Her nerve damage was in her elbow and full movement came back in around 5-6 months, full strength a couple of months after that.

 

Seeing as my wife's nerve injury came whilst recuperating from surgery to fix a broken artificial humerus, she has dealt with limited movement and strength in that arm for nearly 30 years.

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Good to hear, hope you get better.

 

Got hit by a a car while on a bike 30 something years ago. Was turning right and he didn't see me, so he knocked me down and drove over my right hand hanging on to the handlebar. The knockdown broke my right leg sideways and they couldn't put it in plaster as a result...constant pain.

The handlebar as the guy drove over me, pushed through my right hand, right at the junction of the little finger and by reaction I tried to lift myself up and the mudguard on the back hit me in the side of the head. as he continued on. Funny sight lying on the road looking at your hand impaled by a handlebar but bugger all blood anywhere.

 

Long story short. Nerve severed in that finger permanently, shattered knuckle scraped into a usable state(WD that doctor) vertebrae thingy destroyed in neck, nerve severed in broken leg permanently , hip damaged, shoulder rotor cuff damaged, left ear damaged.

 And all those injuries  have arthur in them now and the pain is just something you deal with, it's like getting old age problems when your young. Was late 20's when that happened and arthur paid it's first visit around the middle thirties.

So Marc, you'll get better and hopefully arthur will leave you alone but I doubt it as he lurves breaks and scrapes ect.

 

Bike? Never been near one since, fark that.

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17 hours ago, Marc said:

As to getting back on the bike. I can't wait!

 

Silly old bugger!

 

In all seriousness, it's not as serious as an accident that it could have been, but obviously still a bad crash.  Rehab is always the hardest part of injuries, keep persevering the way that you obviously are.  And, yes, getting back on the bike is an important part of recovery. 

 

Good luck with the improvements...
 

 

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@Marc - some good news for you. Yes 1mm per day sounds right (it was an inch per month in my day), but the muscles that work your hand are up in your forearm, much less than 400mm away. One day/week your hand will start working. Can't speak about the pain, I never had much, just hypersensitivity on the sole of my foot. Anyway sounds like your nerve will recover, it's not a given.

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@Marc, I just read this, sorry to hear of your injuries! Hope the recovery progresses steadily, it can’t have been a good time for you.

 

All the best.

 

Regards,

 

Matt.

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@Marc, sorry to hear about your injuries, get well soon.

 

It's hard to get back on the bike after lengthy injury. As much as I hate gym bikes, they can bring you back to fitness in a very short time with interval training. Only do that when you have fully recovered and feel no pain. There are many good GCN videos to follow.

 

Cheers.

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@Marc Hope it is all going well, or getting better at least. Not making light of your situation mate, but I thought I'd share this with you.

 

My brother recently (just before Christmas) had an accident on a bike of the motor variety. Resultant injuries included seriously broken leg and half his foot gone. Missing little finger on one hand and broken thumb on the other hand. Various bruises scrapes and skin missing. The leg injuries were too sever to save his leg, so it was amputated below the knee. He is currently dealing with nerve pain, phantom pains etc, and trying to limit his drug intake. He'll have to wait a while before he can look at getting a peg leg (his words), then the fun begins, learning how to adapt to that.

 

If you want to hear about stupid though, he's already talking about getting a new bike to replace the one that was written off.

 

As bad as his injuries are, it could have been much worse too.

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farout Bob, that sounds real bad and no doubt put several things into a new perspective for Christmas

 

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