I left my Achilles in Moab

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by TigerTanker, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. joso

    joso Motorcycle addict

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    I certainly understand not to go for meds during a planned ride if it doesn't seem to be absolutely inevitable. Go on and look how it feels is just what I would have done also. Just as I did some times and would do some more.

    Healin' up: No you just can't speed it up, it takes some time (due to the age, AMHIK :-)). But you can go on with it, constantly.

    Constant training, always a bit "inside the light level of pain" will improve recovery to a point far beyond doctors prediction.

    I ripped my biceps (not the tendon(s), as usual, the muscle itself) into pieces. 90% dia, 70% of the length, MRT showed 4 "independent parts" formerly connected, now just ripped apart. No possible surgery to stitch it together, as teay told me. Head physician told me he never saw that in >30 years of experience; predicted I won't get back more than 10% of the former strength plus about 18 months to get to this point.
    H was correct about the duration; it took a while. For 9 months every contraction ended up in a muscular spasm within just 10-30 sec.; taking 10-20 minutes to get it kneaded out. Not really funny, hurts a bit.
    I started training it as soon as the bones around were healed up to stability and those spasms didn't come i m m e d i a t e l y , but allowed me one or two pulls at the biceps machine in the gym before starting. At the beginning I was able to pull 10 kgs 'bout 3-4 times. Some 18 months after I ripped it I was back at pulling 50 kgs, 50 repetitions, no spasms.
    This means I'm back at 50-60% of my former strength; going on improving.

    IMHO this was worse than the other "damages" I got out if this crash (some broken vertebs plus some bones of minor importance as clavicle, scapula and some ribs); those were more surgeries, but less painful, summed up. But working on it constantly gets one further than expectable at the beginning.

    From the very beginning of this recovery I laughed at the doctor's prediction "No, you won't be able to ride motorcycles again!".

    And yes, I'm a bit stubborn. Just a bit.
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  2. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    I remember being told after a bicycle get off by the good fashioned family doctor, I must have a high threshold of pain. That is not good. you must get checked out after accidents so you do not make it worse.

    You must also have that high threshold of pain. At 61 years old, I feel all my injury's now.

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  3. Mayomoto

    Mayomoto Ultralurker perman00b

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    Push yourself in therapy. Soft tissue stuff is the worst, its all scar tissue work to restore range of motion. When they stretch you, try to trust that they wont hurt you, and let them push you past your pain limits. The harder you push in p.t., the quicker you'll be back. No easy way. Get to work.
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  4. Mayomoto

    Mayomoto Ultralurker perman00b

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    Oh, and keep your chin up. You may have already discovered people's sympathies run thin when they find out you were having fun when you got hurt. They will turn from concern to giving you shit about the danger level of your pastimes. Deep in their fearful cold dead hearts they are disappointed in themselves, lamenting a life poor in the flavor of one spent cultivating urges that stir the soul. As you toil at rehab find peace in the discomforts earned in pursuit of your rich memories.
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  5. 1962siia

    1962siia Been here awhile

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    I haven't had an injury like that but I wonder if using an elliptical machine would be a good option for low impact exercise. Best wishes for continued recovery.
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  6. chevtech

    chevtech Been here awhile

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    Of course the easy thing to do as we get older is to lose weight. I'm 210lbs and should be 175-185lbs. So much less stress on my Insertional Achilles Tendonitis if I weighed 30 lbs less. Dude, that's a small bag of concrete!

    Must lose weight to keep up!
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  7. yellowrubicon

    yellowrubicon Dave

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    Having ripped both my right and left Bicep Tendons completely of of my forearms I can sympathize with your injury. Both of my tendons were reattached surgically and there is no lingering pain or range of motion deficits. Just out of curiosity, how many of you in this discussion are on statins for high cholesterol? There is some discussion on the interwebs that there is a correlation between Tendon damage and statins but you know big pharma is going to crush those studies due to the enormous $$ they are making off of the meds. I've been on statins for close to 20 years and really have to wonder if that is the cause in my case. Ruptured biceps happen in less than 3% of the male population but I've had two of them Rupture!
    How about you guys? Achilles Rupture while on statins?
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  8. joso

    joso Motorcycle addict

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    Not in my case, my cholesterol statin is just plain normal.
    But there were no ripped tendon(s), just the muscle itself was ripped into pieces.


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  9. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    I didn't see all these replies, sorry.

    I was wearing sidi crossfire srs 2 boots, about as good as you can get. Strange accident, all my weight and bike came down on a brand new rubber enduro sole. The boot was the immovable object and my bike and me were the irresistible force.

    I'm on a two week moto vacation and riding pretty technical stuff. I'm not 100 percent but I can ride decent. My heel pain is still real bad.
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  10. chevtech

    chevtech Been here awhile

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    Wow!

    This is harsh!

    BUT!!! Absolute concise truth as experienced by me many times over! I like your take buddy!

    :jack

    Cheers!


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  11. Mayomoto

    Mayomoto Ultralurker perman00b

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    As an experiment, I told quite a few people that I broke my recently broken finger "falling at work".

    It actually got stuck inbetween my barkbusters and the ground, lowsiding on an mx track.

    100% reccomended sueing my employer, which was entertaining, I'm self employed.

    0% reccomended 45 year old novice riders stay off the MX track. I may stick with this story.
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  12. tigerboy

    tigerboy Tight as a Tiger

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    Ruptured my right Achilles tendon 4 years ago. But not by having fun like you were. I was just running around the house. I sharply turned a corner and felt a 'snap' in my foot and saw a doctor immediately. They confirmed the rupture and scheduled surgery the next day. I was then in for 10 weeks of rehab in a protective boot. 8 weeks on crutches, 2 more weeks walking with the boot. After about 6 weeks of immobility, then began the foot strengthening exercises and gradual weight bearing on the foot, which was about 4 weeks of rehab. As my rupture occurred in mid-June, there went my summer plans.

    4 years later my Achilles tendon is stiffer in my right foot but actually feels stronger than my right. In general day to day walking and getting about, I end up with more discomfort or inflammatory pain in my left tendon from time to time. I don't want to think where I'd be if I just ignored it, postponing surgery by a month. The rehab process yes was inconvenient but very important to follow. Using crutches sure made me glad I did not have to negotiate stairs either at home or at work. I didn't see the contents of my basement for 2 months.

    I'm not on any statins. Doctor just said it was a symptom of getting older and general genetics.
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  13. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    Here is a pic of where I crashed. As most of you know, pictures don't do slope justice...so as steep as it appears here...sure is!
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    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    So I'm almost at 3 months with the Achilles and I'm riding a ton, just got back from 2 weeks in the Mountains. Riding, I'm pretty much fine, but walking gets painful quickly with the heel sensitivity. I've dreamt about running, I recently dreamt that I could run but wasn't quite able to play competitive soccer. LOL, my soccer days are long gone anyways. Here I am at "Moon Rocks" during vacation. I let my business partner do the stupid stuff....and I scoped out every oddity in the ground... But, did 1000 miles of riding and didn't get a scratch or bike damage. And that is like money in the bank!
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    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    Someone help this guy.A man which has such an affinity for Huskys deserves to be saved.
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  16. Hawk28

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    I also severed my Achilles about 20 years ago. Was in surgery in about 48 hours. Great doctor. Playing baseball again about 6 months later. Listen to your body.
    Now whenever I work out, I make a point to gently stretch both Achilles tendons.
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  17. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    My heel pain. I'm thinking I have a pretty bad case of plantar facitis. Had that many years ago, bitch to get rid of.

    Got my bill for MRI and doctor bill. $1000.

    The price doesn't bug me, what bugs me is the doctor visit....it was an assistant to the doctor and I don't think she really knew shit.
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  18. bigsmoke

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    Me too. Fully severed, surgery and about 5 months before I was able to hike and hunt (gingerly). Like you said, almost no blood or bruising but not able to walk on anything but the heel until repaired. Also messed with my balance for quite a while. Thing to keep in mind is your other one. Doc said that 35% of folks that do one will do the other. Really pay attention to non-controlled impact stuff. Get better...eventually should be close to full duty.
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  19. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    I have a 300 two stroke with electric start and kick. The estart didn't work the other day and I had to kick start, something I could not do at all a few weeks back. Had the strength to do it!

    The progress is slow, so slow you hardly notice it, but it's coming. Yeah, I do worry that the total reliance on my left foot/leg too much could lead to an injury there...

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  20. TigerTanker

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    My wife talked me into going on a 3 mile nature walk. I can't believe it but that nasty heel pain seems to have benefited from it.

    My lack of walking or hiking has weakened much of my leg muscles. My right hamstring felt funny after a couple miles.
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