[quote]The Recluse wrote:
too many to list, so i will stick with the ones that need or have had surgery.
complete triceps avulsion with destruction of tendon on left. surgically repaired / reconstructed left elbow, because of the damage to the tendon, only one of the heads of my triceps could be fully reattached, my left arm is almost an inch smaller than the right, and i estimate the triceps strength is only about 25% of what my right is now.
severe right quadraceps tear, not complete avulsion, needed surgery when i did it, but now it is too late, i have an obvious deformity at site, looks like a hole in my outer quad a little bit smaller than a lacrosse ball maybe. this injury does not bother me too much, i am pretty functional in that leg and do not notice a severe difference in strength like my triceps. but when really pushing the limit, i feel “bad things” happening in that area before my left side.
cervical disc rupture of c4-5 through to c6-7. had discectomy fusion and plates and screws placed last december. some residual numbness in my hands and fingers, but otherwise recovering well from this injury.
bone on bone disc degeneration from t3-4 through t5-6. chronic pain from this, but no issues with performance that i can tell. just hurts all the time.
3 herniated lumbar discs, cannot do good mornings, rdls, sldl, or deadlifts from a deficit anymore, or at least anymore with any respectable amount of weight on the bar.
right knee joint degeneration, unable to flex full rom, cant do full rom squats anymore, will need total joint replacement near future. scheduled to have orthroscopic procedure this summer to clean some of the chewed up cartilage in an attempt to relieve pain and improve function, basically trying to buy me a few more years before the big surgery of complete knee replacement has to happen.
complete separation right AC joint many many years ago, now i have severe degenerative disease diffusely in entire joint, will need surgery at some point, but fairly functional now with adls, but very limited with upper body pressing movements.
my life for the last 10 years (when stuff started falling appart) has been about setting realistic goals that reflect my current reality as far as my health and athletic ability go, figuring out how to continue to train at high intensity with lighter loads than i used to be able to handle, ie deadlifts and squats used to be 650-700lb range, then 600-650, then 550-600, then 500-550, now 350-to upper 4’s is where i have to be happy at, though i did hit 515x3 recently in a dead-squat bar deadlift.
also i is a challenge to keep variety in training with an ever increasingly limited pool of exercises/movements i can do as it seems every few months i have to scratch another “staple” off my list and add to the “cannot do that anymore” list.
Holy shit. That’s a heck of a lot! I can’t believe you can keep going!
If you don’t mind me asking, how did some of these happen?
I guess it sort of “came with the territory” in respect to the poundage you were shifting. Once you get to the 500+ range, your joints are gonna suffer, right?
triceps was a cumaltive injury, my ortho said only two kinds of people get that injury, weightlifters and offensive linemen. the elbow had been hurting for years, and it was a freak accident (tripped and fell one day at house, broke fall with outstretched arm and POP!), that was the straw that broke the camels back, so to say.
neck was from deadlifting 600lbs back in april 2012, i actually have a vid of that lift on my hub, lol
upper back is a cumulative injury as well,
low back from squatting march 2003, 500lbs plus chain, was nursing a groin injury so my for was off and leaned over too far coming out of bottom of lift and POP! of all these injuries, this one was by far the most painful and debilitating, i was damn near a paraplegic for 2 weeks.
shoulder is from years of heavy pressing and throwing,
quad tear happened when do a heavy set of trap bar deadlifts, 550lbs i think for reps.
knee is also a cumulative injury.
most of these are just like you said, comes with the territory.
You sir, are just awesome and a shining example of finding the best in life despite the bad.