Groin injury?

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by RichVoice, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. RichVoice

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    So after I fell on my Swiss army knife and cell phone the other day as I
    was trying to learn how to ride my new machine, I decided to get back
    on and try some more, ignoring the pain. At one point when I fell off
    again (that happened a lot that day, and is still happening, but I'm
    okay with that, at least I'm learning), the unicycle twisted to the
    left slightly and shot out behind me, and as it went the front left
    part of the saddle sort of "grabbed" me in the groin area (not any of
    the important, er, working parts, just above and to the left). After
    that, I'd have to be careful how I sat, or it would hurt quite a bit.

    Today, after days of rain, I finally got a chance to get back outside
    and on the unicycle (yay!). Things went pretty well (aside from my
    crazy neighbor, but that's a whole 'nother story) in that I got up to
    two full crank revolutions, and actually felt for the briefest second
    like I was riding. What didn't go so well was that I still have pain
    in that upper left area of my groin. If I'd sit a certain way, or if
    I'd UPD and the unicycle seat would rub the area, it would hurt quite a
    bit; when everything was, er, positioned well it wasn't bad, but I
    could still feel it.

    Just wondering if anyone else has experienced something like this. It
    seems to me that what happened might be akin to what happens when you
    hit a hard surface where you have clothing on, and although the
    clothing doesn't tear, your skin gets somehow magically abraded. I'm
    thinking maybe something tore inside, even though the skin looks fine.

    There's no apparent swelling, but I iced it anyway when I got inside.
    Not sure what else to do. Take time off it for a week (boooo, hiss)?
    Don't take time off, but be careful with it?

    Any suggestions/comments/similar experiences?

    Thanks,
    Rich


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  2. andycookuk

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    RichVoice! You are not alone!

    I've lost count of the number of groin injuries I've had to sustain! I
    threw up once because of the pain, happy days!

    I imagine that you have a nasty bruise under your skin. If it doesn't
    fade after a few days I'd check it out. Probably nothing to worry about
    though.

    AndyC


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  4. manon1wheel

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    yeah that happend to me a couple days ago. here is the story:
    Ok, so i was at the skatepark, and i was ridding my aggressive
    rollarblades.(both my unis are broken) i dropped in and was skating
    across the half pipe. I was going up the inverted quarter pipe i was
    thinking to do a 1-footed skate grab turn around stall thingy... i kind
    of made that up. To make a hard-to-explain-story short. i fell down the
    pipe backwards and hit my hip pretty bad. ionce i got home i took a
    look at it and i couldnt even tell anything happend there. i tink i
    might have bruised the bone or something. but thats not the only thing
    that hurts. it feels as if my skin has streched. it kinda
    hurts:rolleyes:
    is the injury sort of the same thing as yours?


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  6. RichVoice

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    manon1wheel wrote:
    > it feels as if my skin has streched. it kinda hurts:rolleyes:
    > is the injury sort of the same thing as yours?



    Sort of. Difficult to describe. Doesn't really feel like a muscle
    pull, but it does feel like something just under the surface got pulled
    or stretched or something.

    chosen wrote:
    > ive hurt the boys so many times, but theyre used to it by now.



    *That* kind of pain I'm familiar with. I took some martial arts
    training a while back, and took a few hits; it doesn't really bother me
    all that much. Just curl up for a couple of hours and I'm good to go.
    This is different.

    unicyclistben wrote:
    > where abouts in san jo are you we should ride or something



    Ben, I'm near the 85/87 junction, not far from Willow Glen. When I'm
    up to actually riding, I'll let you know!:p

    Rich


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  7. GILD

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    The injury sounds like it's in Inguinal Hernia territory.
    I would have it checked out asap.
    If you want to know anything about hernias, speak to 'myself or Bugman'
    (http://tinyurl.com/czxx5).


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  8. RichVoice

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    I actually thought of a minor hernia, but I have a hard time believing
    that the amount of pain that I'm experiencing rises to the level of
    pain that I'd probably be experiencing with a hernia, especially since
    I'm experiencing no pain while bearing down. Still, thanks for the
    reminder; I'll see how it feels for the next few days, maybe hold off
    on continuing my learning curve, and if it persists I'll get it checked
    out.

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  9. GILD

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    Remember that a hernia is only really painfull when a bit of the small
    intestine actually pokes out thru the hole. I walked around with mine
    for a couple of years before I had it repaired. The hole can be caused
    by a variety of things and quite often happens at the weak spot left in
    the wall where the testicle decended thru very early in life.
    The smack you gave it may have 'damaged' this area. If it is, and I'm
    just speculating here, the sooner you get it checked out, the easier
    it'll be to fix and you could well escape the painfull parts of having
    an inguinal hernia.

    With something like a hernia, there isn't neccesarily a direc
    correlation beween pain/discomfort and damge.

    Have you been on the uni at all recently?


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  10. GILD

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    Before I forget, you're going to let us have a listen to that RichVoice
    of yours.
    Here's a link to a 'Voices Gallery.' (http://tinyurl.com/87qk6)


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  11. RichVoice

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    Wow, thanks for the info, Gild! I didn't realize that you could have a
    hernia that didn't really cause pain.

    I was on the uni on the 4th, the day that I posted this question. I
    wasn't on yesterday, but I'll have some time this morning, and I'll be
    paying very close attention to how it feels. If it doesn't seem any
    better, I'll call the doc.

    What's vaguely interesting in an "I-can't-do-much-about-it-now" way is
    that when I was in junior high (about a million years ago) and some
    health screener came to the gym and gave us all very basic exams, I was
    told that I had a "weakness" on that side when I was given the cough
    test. I've since asked a couple of doctors about it when I've been
    given the cough test, and was told each time that everything felt fine.
    Maybe that health screener actually felt something, and all I needed
    was a unicycle to make his finding a reality.:rolleyes:

    GILD wrote:
    > Before I forget, you're going to let us have a listen to that RichVoice
    > of yours.



    Sure! I'll record a greeting. In the meantime, you're welcome to
    visit my website and check out my voiceover demos:
    http://www.richvoice.net. San Francisco Bay Area unicyclists may have
    heard me on some local radio commercials, and there's also the (very
    slim) possibility that others have heard me on a Yahoo! Instant
    Messenger banner ad. I never saw the ad myself; I would have posted a
    copy of it on my website, but the audio quality is really low (as it
    has to be for banner ads, to avoid long load times).

    Rich


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  12. GILD

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    I'll check out the site on Monday when I'm back online. I've got to rush
    to a uni-job at a casino now.
    Have you spoken to the guys from 'UniTV' (http://tinyurl.com/addlq)
    yet?
    They're looking for 'people and voices' (http://tinyurl.com/dv45u).


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  13. RichVoice

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    I still noticed the pain today -- primarily when sitting with ALL of my
    weight on the seat, before pedaling away from my supports, and when
    UPDing a few times -- but it was much less noticeable than it was a
    couple of days ago.

    I think I'm going to take the weekend off, for this reason as well as
    because I think I have to take my uni in and have them put the cranks
    on the *correct* sides (I'll start another thread to make sure I've got
    my head on straight before I take it in).

    Good news, though: I felt more comfortable on it today, and made it
    mostly through three crank revolutions, several times! I think I would
    have finished the third one each time if it hadn't been for the fence
    right in front of me. I guess it's time to change my practice area yet
    again.

    Rich


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