Labrial tear and out for 12 weeks! How to handle the emotions of being out for the count?

  • Eccomi09

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    Dec 05, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    Anyone else have a labrial tear (or shoulder tear) and had surgery on it? I'm in week 5, and with the arm still in the shoulder sling, and the inability to do ANYTHING yet, I'm feeling really, really bummed.

    I haven't really gained weight, despite going back to whole grains for the time being so that my body can use all the nutrients it needs to repair and heal. But, I did become "soft" and lost muscle mass. Not worried about gaining that back (I can quickly gain 15lbs of muscle-- I'm built lucky that way, but the double-edged sword, too, because I can also gain fat).

    What I am worried about is the feelings surrounding the injury: regret, frustration, sadness, anger, and fear. It's totally stressing me out because I'm so used to the endorphins that I feel at a loss. And, I'm completely frightened to work out again because I don't want to re-injure myself and be out for the count for another 12 weeks! I feel like I'm fragile, and that scares me to no-end-- how can I weight train if I'm so scared of hurting myself that I don't challenge myself?

    Anyway, I think only those who have had an injury like this would understand. I could use the community's help on this.
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    Dec 05, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    Get on spinner and do cardio.
  • Pontifex

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    Dec 06, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    I read that as labial tear.... just had to point that out. heh. Hope it heals quick.
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    Dec 07, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    I didn't even have a cardio option. Various cancer treatments had left me quite fragile with balance issues and I sustained one gym injury after another - first a bicep tear, then a torn rotator cuff, and then a pulled foot ligament after a fall down a flight of concrete stairs. I tried working out with all three injuries, realized I was begging for a fourth, and quit the gym cold turkey for seven months to allow myself to heal - which is why it took me about 18 months to drop 80lbs instead of the 5 it would've normally took. I looked at that time off as an opportunity to heal and was just cautious about what I ate so my weight remained stabilized until I was able to renew workouts, and once I did, the time off made me more focused, capable and resolved to never regain the weight than ever. My advice is that you maintain the same outlook during your recovery.
  • Eccomi09

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    Dec 07, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    Thanks for the spelling correction. It was sooooo helpful to the question at hand. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Eccomi09

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    Dec 07, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI didn't even have a cardio option. Various cancer treatments had left me quite fragile with balance issues and I sustained one gym injury after another - first a bicep tear, then a torn rotator cuff, and then a pulled foot ligament after a fall down a flight of concrete stairs. I tried working out with all three injuries, realized I was begging for a fourth, and quit the gym cold turkey for seven months to allow myself to heal - which is why it took me about 18 months to drop 80lbs instead of the 5 it would've normally took. I looked at that time off as an opportunity to heal and was just cautious about what I ate so my weight remained stabilized until I was able to renew workouts, and once I did, the time off made me more focused, capable and resolved to never regain the weight than ever. My advice is that you maintain the same outlook during your recovery.


    Out of all the posts, yours was the most thoughtful. And, I appreciate that I got to read this once before I close the account here. A really serious question, and three responses of absolute clutter. Sad, actually, that people would rather ignore the request for empathy from a community of athletes and provide their version of a useless "autocorrect."

    I also was advised no cardio and I can't understand why. I'm told its because my shoulder is unstable. And, of course, "going on a spinner and doing cardio" is impossible since I have a limited range of mobility to where washing my hair is a daunting feat. I'm blessed that I have a caring husband who could even wash my back for me since I couldn't even do that for the past 5 weeks now. Not exactly good for the old esteem from someone who has been quite self-reliant his life.

    I think that, like you, quitting the gym is probably my only option. The doctor is really adamant since he knows that I really don't take no for an answer (we're both faculty at the same university but in different fields). It just sucks that I am only allowed to walk! I guess that's better than nothing.

    Anyway, thanks for the thoughtful response. I appreciate it.