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06-06-2002, 12:08 AM
I think I read about some arm injuries on this board. I didn't see the messages in the injuries thread. I'm right handed. And my left shoulder, elbo, and sometimes forearm has been bothering me. If I rest my left arm on a chairback or coachback it sort of stiffens up and starts to hurt. My main problem seems to be when I'm in bed. I can't lay certain ways on my left side without pain. And it has gotten to where I will wake up maybe 5 or 6 nights a week from pain. It oftens seems to start in my elbo. Sometimes in my shoulder. And it seems to travel from my shoulder to my forearm. I don't think this has anything to do with pool. I think it started about a month or two before I restarted playing pool. What should I ask a doctor to do about this. I had to see a regular doctor because I started seeing a specialists gastroenterology and now an allergist specialist. The regular doctor is and internal md. When I told him about this 5 weeks ago he said to either take tylenol or advil each night. But that didn't help. He didn't seem to want to do any xrays or bone densities procedures or anything at all. I believe I read some messages with similiar problems. What type of doctor did you all see? What testing did they do? I will be seeing the internal md tomorrow afternoon and I would like to know what testing I should asd him to do. Thanks.

06-06-2002, 02:02 AM
Eddie, I had something similar happen to me some years ago. I returned to playing pool after a number of years. I started getting a sharp pain in my shoulder, it just wasn't use to the position, plus I must have been putting to much upper body weight on it. I think being in a static position didn't help either. At the time I took some advise from a friend and used a 10 lb dumbbell and exercised my shoulders several different ways. In about 3 weeks with the excrcise it went away. When you see your doctor he may recommend
you to a specialist, and or physical therapy. Its hard to say but get a defined answer, besides taking pain pills. That just masks the real problem and is not the cure, as you well know by now. I'm sure others have had something similar and will reply. Good luck

06-06-2002, 02:23 AM
Thanks Rod. But I think my pains started close to 2 months before I shot any pool at all. And most of the time it starts as a sharp pain in my elbo. It started about 20 minutes ago in my elbo. But mostly it starts when I'm sleeping. I know my shoulder isn't right either. And that can start hurting if I put it up on a chair back or couch back while sitting. I will have to pin down this doctor. I stopped going to doctors about 12 or more years ago. And I have some personal legal problems coming up. So I started seeing some doctors about 2 months ago hoping to get as many of my health problems fixed as I can. That is why I've only been able to play pool once or twice a week so far. I have a bad stomach. Gastritis, coolitist, irritable bowel etc. Like I'm hoping to shoot in the 7 & under handicap $10 tournament tomorrow. So I ate tonight about 8:00 pm. And I won't eat again until after midnight tomorrow after the tournament. If I am gassy or flatulent, or if my stomach is unsettled in any way, I won't go to play any pool. And if I'm out and my stomach starts bothering me or acting up, I quit what I'm doing and head home. That's why I was hoping I could get a pool table for my dungeon of a basement with the low beam (about 5' 8" high") down the middle in a few months.

06-06-2002, 08:06 AM
The symtoms sound a lot like arthritus to me. Arthritis can usually be managed successfully through a combination of medication, exercise, rest, and physical therapy. In some cases, however, surgery may be required. Ask your doctor to evaluate you for arthritus. If you are diagnosed with it, see a specialist. I suffered for many years with arthritus. I was nearly crippled before I finally found the right doctor. I had been to countless doctors, even one so called arthritus specialist, and had no relief. I was almost ready to give up, when I finally found a specialist that was able to fairly quickly alleviate my pain. I have been pretty much pain free for the last 5 years.

06-06-2002, 11:38 AM
About two years I had a VERY simalar pain, I could not lay on my side with my left arm above my head under the pillow, nor could I raise my shoulder up, ie; resting on the back of a chair. I had all possiable tests, cortazone shots etc. However I could stretch my arm straight for shoooting pool. I lived with this for over a year-----I was at a 4 of July party at a friends lake place and went water skiing, as soon as he pulled me up I heard a "POP" in my shoulder---from that moment on I have never had any pain. Something was pressing on a nerve in my shoulder, according to the DR. and nothing showed up on the MRI etc. You may want to see a Chiropractor. Good luck-----Smooth Stroke

06-06-2002, 02:52 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Eddie G Chgo:</font><hr> I don't think this has anything to do with pool. <hr></blockquote>Hi Eddie G,

Perhaps since this is a pool discussion board, you'd have better success if you posted this at a medical message board? /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif

James B
06-06-2002, 03:54 PM
Ed, it might be tennis elbow. I have it in both arms and I don't play tennis. Doctors have no idea why I have it, or how to cure it. I also have tingling in my left hand and foot. I'm a righty. I beleive it's related to pool. I bought a table 2 yrs. ago and have played a lot. Enough so that now I have a constant stiff neck. Could be a pinched nerve problem for the both of us. That would be the good news because anything else would probably be fairly serious. Good luck to both of us.

06-06-2002, 08:57 PM
Arthritis is a good guess, tennis elbow is also possible. A third possibility is bursitis. Bursitis is generally located in the shoulder or knee, but it's not out of the question. It's also the most palatable and least serious of the possibilities listed here. Tests you would want to request, but may not be conclusive are an RH factor and MRI of the elbow and shoulder. Your Dr. will do an RH factor without too much bitching, but the test is not conclusive proof of Arthritis. This is because you are either born with RA, or you're not. The question is, will you develope symptoms of it? 90% of adults test positive for Rheumatoid Factor, but only a small percentage of them ever develope symptoms. Your Doctor may balk at ordering an MRI, mostly because it's hard to get insurance approval for it. If he does, try a chiropractor. Good Luck, I hope you get the best outcome!

06-06-2002, 10:59 PM
I can tell you that I have had the same problem as well. Left shoulder pain and I'm right handed. It was bad enough that I went to my dr who was in Internal Medicine. He suggested that I see a specialist, an orthopedist.

To make a long story short, the pain got worse and I have had shots and pills and rehab and you name it. The only thing that keeps the pain away now is exercise.

Going to the dr is probably not a bad idea. Depending upon your insurance carrier, you might or might not need a referral to see a specialist.


Karatemom ~ doesn't exercise like I should and that's why my damn shoulder hurts!!!

06-07-2002, 08:57 AM

06-07-2002, 12:24 PM
I guess I could lie and say my arm pains are what is causing me to shoot so poorly lately. But that has nothing to do with it. Thur I played in the 7 &amp; under handicap and I got slaughtered. I lost to a pretty good 6 1/2, 6 to 2. But it's just me. My arm problems have nothing to do with it. I got xrays today.