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Fishing Injury

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by lg_mouth, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. lg_mouth

    lg_mouth It's Trigger Time!!!

    About half way through fishing season last year, I developed a nagging injury in my hand and elbow. The middle, ring, and thumb on my right hand (reel holding hand) become tingly and numb shortly after I start fishing and I sometimes have to stop for a while and shake them to get the feeling back. This year it has been worse. Now pretty much anything I do with my right hand causes this and sometimes I will wake up at night and my fingers are so numb they hurt (if that makes sense) and there is an ache in my right elbow. This went away last year shortly after it got too cold to fish, and I am hoping it does the same this year. I was just curious if anyone else has this problem or something similar. Thanks guys and gals of OGF.

    Romans 10:9-10
  2. Sounds like tendonitis of some sort. I'd get a wrist brace and see if it helps you out.

  3. I've got permanent nerve damage in my right shoulder/neck area from casting. Mine mostly came from slinging big muskie and bass lures (although my injury likely began playing sports in highschool). I get numbness that runs down my arm, my fingers will go numb (primarily the middle finger) and I get a painfull stabbing sensation in my right shoulder/neck area. It comes and goes depending on how often I fish. Also, I have to watch how I possition myself when I sleep or my arm will be numb when I wake up. I don't get any elbow pain but otherwise my condition sounds similar to what you are experiencing. I've been to sports medicine specialists but nothing much has helped yet. Like Big Daddy mentioned, your injury might be tendonitis, similar to tennis elbow. The doctors thought my problem was of that nature but my injury turned out to be a little harder to treat. I probably first hurt my shoulder playing football or baseball, I used to throw my right should "out" quite a bit so my injury probably began back then and was just made worse from too much fishing.

  4. Hey Alter, I had that. Old football injury caused impacted nerve roots in my spine. At work, whenever I'd raise my arm to hoist the camera, my arm would go numb. Spent over a year in therapy and all is well now, except for the occasional stinger I get when I turn my head too fast. OUCH.

    Hasn't effected my fishing though. :D
  5. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    Ironically, I've been feeling the same symptoms for the last year. Last season, I started getting the numbness/tingles from a new baitcaster/rod that I bought. It eventually went away, but now I get it when I'm NOT fishing. For the past few months, it has been daily.
  6. Same here... I also can feel the pain in the elbow when I lift anything light or heavy :(
  7. tpet96

    tpet96 Banned

    The same reason I'm bankin' it now for carp. Messed up my shoulder at work, and I get the same feelings in my shoulder clear down into my fingers. Can't stand but about 30 mins of jiggin now :( Love it too.
  8. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    If banking for carp is the end result if it gets worse, I will call my doc TODAY :D

    Sorry, couldn't resist :)

    I could get into the Raybob trollin for eye's though ;)
  9. lg_mouth

    lg_mouth It's Trigger Time!!!

    Just like the old saying goes, misery loves company! I have been too stubborn to see a doc, but it is coming to the point where I will be making an appointment soon. What type of doc should I go see? I have some people tell me to see a chiropractor, some to see a bone doctor. I just don't want to be thrown around from doc to doc adding up bills. Any help would be appreciated
    I will tell you that ibuprofen usually helps my symptoms for about 3 hours, but too much of ibuprofen isn't good on the kidneys.
    Once again, thanks guys for the info and support.

    Colossians 3:2-5
  10. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    I had pain for about a year, maybe 10 years ago, from casting one arm. Now I always cast with two arms & never developed it again. Even with a light rod, sometimes I forget & I can start to feel it real quick. Use two hands on the rod and see if it helps.
  11. Reel Lady

    Reel Lady Dreams DO come true!

    I think seeing an orthopedic doctor is the way to go Lg_Mouth. I'm not a doctor, but have much medical knowledge. My guess is that you are suffering from some sort of nerve compression issue. examples: carpal tunnel, repetitive stress syndrome, etc...
    Any type of antiinflamatory should offer you some sort of relief, but this would be only temporary. I think the only way to avoid this is to either change the way that you are holding your rod, or try to hold it in your other hand as much as you can.
    Good luck to you! :)
    Reel Lady (Marcia)
  12. Capt.Muskey

    Capt.Muskey Ohio Fishing Militia

  13. misfit

    misfit MOD SQUAD

    greg,you beat me to the punch ;) :D
    what am i gonna do with you,son? :rolleyes:

    as for the medical ?,i'm no doctor either,but i think reel lady is close,and agree that a visit to the doc is in order.
    i have carpal tunnel,and there are times when doing a lot of casting,jigging,it will flare can be very painful and debilitating :eek:
  14. That's why I don't fish...I'm saving my aches and pains for something a little (LOT) more productive...errr, umm, non-productive since May 20th....I hope :eek: :eek: ;)
  15. "J"


    Well I went through this a couple of years ago, didn't have the numbness in my fingers but couldn't hold a rod because of the pain in my right elbow. First of all let me tell you stay away from any cortazone shots, they just mask the pain and will make matters worse, go see your doc and have him/her refer you to the orthapedic doc that will put you into a rehab for about six weeks this will work for most people and the rest will need some surgery, like I said I was scheduled for rehab for six weeks twice a week and went for 3 weeks and was almost a 100% man it better than I hoped for and I would recomend it for anyone who has the same problem. I first got the cortazone shots and that only made metters worse, believe me I would never do that again. If your doc says that all you need is a shot tell him to stick himself because you want refered to an orthapedic.
  16. jeffmo

    jeffmo officially unofficial!!!!

    the tingling sensation makes it sound like carpal tunnel.
    i had my right hand operated on for it about 15 years ago and haven't had a problem since.
    my right arm hurt so bad that it would wake me up in the middle of the night.i'd have to basicallly get up and move my arm around for about 15 minutes before the pain would go felt EXACTLY like it does when you hit your funny bone.not getting any decent sleep was bad also.
    i'd been building houses for a while back then and the doc said that using a hammer so much is probably what caused it.
    make an appointment with you doc and see what he tells you.if you have to get the operation it's really no big deal and takes about a month before you can start exercising to get the strenght back.
  17. lg_mouth

    lg_mouth It's Trigger Time!!! in my near future. I have visited an orthopedists in Athens once for an ankle injury, I will probably just make an appointment with him. Once again, thanks for the replies.

    John 3:16
  18. "J"


    Check your insurance you may need to be refered by your family doc first, if you don't you may be holding the bag for the consult.
  19. i get that. i have a torn rotater cuff injury. really sucks