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Got the results of an MRI on my lower back last week... One ruptured disc and one bulging disc pressing on a nerve.

How could this have happened? Hmmmm... pulling really hard on a stuck anchor by hand perhaps. Maybe lifting a trailer toung onto a hitch ball instead of using the jack? Going a little fast on rough wind chop? Lifting a full cooler of fish and Ice from the boat?

There are a lot of possible back injuries involved in fishing and running a boat... be carefull. This hurt back thing sucks.

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Yikes, sorry to hear about that Brad. I've been there, done that. It's no fun. Hope it all works out well for you.
 

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I am so sorry!

Speaking of fishing injuries... How bout this one?

I love to fly fish, but every time I do, I get really sore shoulders. I am prone to that, more than most, but I have to find a way to do it, that it doesn't leave me a cripple!

It is SO painful. I have taken lessons, and they say that I am doing it correctly, but something in my posture or something has got to be wrong!

Does anyone else suffer from shoulder soreness after fly fishing?

...and also, how bout this one? You know how you hold your rod all day while trolling spinners, and move it up and down in the current? Anyone get a sore wrist from this?

Am I just delicate, (wimpy) or what???

I've heard of guides getting carpal (sp) tunnel syndrome from running a trolling motor... but this is not quite as intensive!!

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Jennie,

Most othopedic surgeons I know refer to carpal tunnel syndrome among fishermen (persons) as "Mercury Wrist"!!

I know, I suffer from this every spring and fall on the rivers of Oregon.

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UG, Sorry to hear bout the back...I myself suffer from Backbouncers elbow (same as tennis elbow) Comes on after a hard day of fishing...I wear a strap just below the elbow to isolate the tendons but it only works if i stop fishing for a while... :rolleyes: yeah right :tongue:

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I've heard of guides getting carpal (sp) tunnel syndrome from running a trolling motor...
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So a TR-1 could be considered a safety device? Perhaps a doctor could write a perscription for one? I'm wondering if workmans comp. insurance would cover that for a guide? Or maybe Blue Cross / Blue Shield would spring for one for me.... oh I can feel my wrist starting to hurt now. :laugh:

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Yip, I get it after a long day of back bouncing, too. :depressed:

I guess I just gotta give up fishing.

As if!

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I have one..
Jan 2, 2003 I was fishing the EF of the Coquille river on family property with my kids.. right at dark I hooked a steelie and the hook didn't stick.. and the small piece of pencil lead came back and hit me in the left eye.

I lost about 1/3 vision in that eye and spent many hours in the Dr. office trying to figure out why?

The conclusion was that it was a "floater" in my eye and it would eventually go away!
NOT
I woke up on May 16th completly blind in my left eye.. I went to the Dr. again that following Monday and found out that 90% of my ritina was detached.. and was rushed to Ashland to a specialist and into surgery the following morning..
two weeks of being face down I find myself (hopefully) being released to go back to work this week!

It has been a long spring.. the surgery was 100% successful and I feel that I am on the mend..
 

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All I can offer is Do what your Dr. says. In 10 years you will be glad you did. How do I know? Cause I figured Doc was just worried about a lawsuit or something and was going overboard on covering his bases. Oops. Doc was right.

Mark and the watch out for the falling Glu Lam dog.
 

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UG,
Have you scheduled surgery? I have to say it really helped me. I injured mine when I put my boat on the rocks last fall in October. I went all through the night time Steelheading season with a sore back. Couldn't take it anymore after January and had surgery in February. It made for the best Springer fishing I ever had. It is all in the scheduling! Pick the season you want to fish the hardest and plan your surgery accordingly. :cheers:
 

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Th, I am SO glad you will be OK!

I can just see that happening. The other day a sturgeon flipped the hook right by the boat and 6 ounces went flying past where I was just seated seconds before.

YOWZA!

Best of luck to you, and hope your recovery is speedy!

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FNF - the first nerosurgon I went to didnt even want to do an xray or an MRI or anything... he said its probably just a muscle thing and if I did some stretchy things and took it easy it would just go away.... needless to say I was unsatisfied with this opinion :mad:

Found a doctor that would order up the tests to see what was really happening and sur enough there is broken stuff in there. Going to see another nerosurgon that the second doctor referred me to on June 16th. Untill then Ive got a good supply of drugs to keep me going.

We will see what he says, but I may be calling you for a reference if you don't mind.

I simply cant think of anything I might have done to cause this that isn't somehow fishing related.

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I have that band on my arm right now.My wife calls it fishermans elbow.And that 59" sturgen last week didn't help it any. :whazzup:
 

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Dr. Sen in Richland is a top notch Neurosurgeon. He operated on two of my other buddies and they are doing awesome. My buddy Skip, is a world record holder in the Masters Division, in powerlifting. He had the same surgery I had, only 20 years ago. :cheers:
 
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Speaking of fishing injuries... How bout this one?

I love to fly fish, but every time I do, I get really sore shoulders. I am prone to that, more than most, but I have to find a way to do it, that it doesn't leave me a cripple!

It is SO painful. I have taken lessons, and they say that I am doing it correctly, but something in my posture or something has got to be wrong!

<font size="2" face="verdana,arial,helvetica">Jennie I could show you how to fly cast in a way to prevent some of this.

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UG: Nice try on blaming the fishing. Perhaps you need to count the candles on the cake a little more carefully. :wink: The next time my doctor says "It's just part of the ageing process", I'm going to scream. And that started when I was 35!!! Anyway, good luck on the back stuff. My husband had his surgery a few years back (after being told it was a "deep muscle pull" by the first idiot doctor) and is a happy man now. Take care.
 

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Wow TH. Having worked in an eye practice for 32 years I can tell you that was a serious injury...and it sounds like you got a good result. Those two docs in Ashalnd are pretty good at what they do!
 

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I fried my back pulling my anchor in Mar.,thanks to some jerk flying by my boat just as I lifted my anchor out of the water. :mad: .BUT !! I had surgery on my back 10 days ago and feel GREAT !!!
after being basicly locked into my house since Mar 20th its great to be OUT the weather has been great,I still have to be careful with a 15# weight limit for awhile but most of the strentgh is back in my right leg.NEVER had a lick of pain after the surgery I mean NONE :grin: :grin: :dance: ,a friend took me out in his boat yesterday for some shad and then off for some HOG :grin: fishing not for me but it was great fun watching him fight one appx 10'and just being back out on the water was awesome.I can't wait to be able to catch the monsters again.I'm pretty sure by the 16th I'll be able to start fishing for some salmon and steelhead.I'm doing light excerises for my back its just really hard after not being able to do much of anything for so long to be feeling this good and still not do anything.It won't be long now but it seems like forever.If your Ins. will let you UGLYGREEN get the operation ASAP you'll never regret it,I heard all the horror stories too and was pretty nervous about the operation
but I also heard a lot of good stories and found that most of the horror stories are 20 yrs ago or longer.I was surprised ay the outcome of mine.I really feel great.So don't worry about it,and do what the doctor says after your surgery as hard as it might be.
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I am not allowed to have any more fishing injuries or my wife will inflict severe pain on my body. I thought injuries went with fishing. Over the years I have suffered some and as for back and wrist pain, I don't try to think about them.

I have:
1. Stuck a hook deep into the top of my middle finger while trying to land a bass at Potholes Res. I weighed the seven mile trip back to the resort then the 15 mile trip to the hospital and said to heck with it and jerked it out with a pair of pliers.
2. Was climbing out of a hole on the Wilson with a Steelhead in one hand and a pole in the other. Foot slipped on the muddy trail, went down on one knee. OOps, the knee hit a rock and cracked the knee cap. Still have pain from that one.
3. Was landing a bass at Hagg lake from shore. Stepped forward, foot slid on mud, went down on my hip, knocked my head on the ramp. I was out for a while, then I heard a voice asking if I was alive. A great man in a boat had saw me lying there and came in. He helped me up and to my truck. The fish was still on so i gave it to him. Results, back and hip pain for over a month. Black and blue hip. One hour of lecture by wife (that hurt the worst).
4. While walking down a plank to get to a hole, slipped on it and fell off into a large briar thicket on my back. Every movement sent pain through my body as this thicket was all thorns. It took me half an hour to get out. My friends sat there and laughed the whole time. I still am waiting to get even.
5. While Fishing on the Kilchis, I caught a steelhead. As he was getting close to shore, I leaned over to get him and the rigging pulled out. The pencil lead shot straight back and hit my open mouth (keep it shut from then on) and broke off a tooth at the gum line. Guy by me reached over and picked up the broken off tooth and handed it to me. I picked up my gear, took some advils and headed home to my dentist. As I came into his office, he looked at me, saw the hole where my tooth had been and told his assistant, "Now I can send my son to college".

Well that is the reason, my wife tells me, "For God's sake, be careful when you go fishing" and I keep a good medical insurance. :wink:
 
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