screwed up tendons in my hands making slingshots

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Cuthbert Allgood, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Cuthbert Allgood

    Cuthbert Allgood New Member

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    For over a month now my hands have been swollen, especially when I wake up in the morning. The pain changed daily until my pinkie finger and ring finger on my left hand began sticking when I tried to open my hands from a fist. I looked it up and it seems<br>I developed "trigger finger" in the two fingers on my left hand. Today I woke up and my middle finger hurts like hell when I move it.. feels different from the trigger finger sensation. Going to the doctor tomorrow to check it out. I do all my slingshot work with a rasp, pretty much. I hold the frame in my left hand tightly and rasp with my right. The act of holding the frame with my left hand is what is screwing it up , I think.<br>I am going to take a break from making frames for a while until my hands heal up because I really cannot afford to have my hands feel like this on a regular basis. I just hope I didn't do too much damage.<br>I am going to spend my time making new pouches and bandsets and maybe laminating some boards for future slingshots.<br>I tried taking a few shots today , but holding the frame with my left hand is just not going to work. Maybe this is a good excuse to learn how to shoot with the slingshot in my right hand.<br>
     
  2. CEZ

    CEZ New Member

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    That sucks, tell us what the doctor said and get well soon,<br><br><br>Cheers
     

  3. Cuthbert Allgood

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    thanks a bunch. i hope it will heal up in a few weeks. I am thinking about making a small work bench as soon as Im better so I can start clamping everything down instead of just holding it. I thought I was getting better control by holding the frame while I rasped but my hands were always swollen, and I have slipped a few times and taken chunks out of my fingers and hands. I have learned my lesson finally.<br>now i just have to learn how to use tools properly hehe
     
  4. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    I bet you understand the saying : too much of a good thing... can't be good <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"><br><br>I suggest just icing the shit out of it... seems as though you over stressed it. I just take it easy, only making them when I have the time and inclination, although even that does hurt the hands... The key is moderation I thinks <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  5. Cuthbert Allgood

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    i totally agree. I truly overdid it for a few months there. I can push myself pretty hard, and I did. My arm muscles are ripped from doing it all by hand. <br>Part of the addiction to me was all the hard work. When i first started making them I used a dremel. After a couple slingshots I bought a rasp for the shaping and was hooked right away. I liked losing myself in a trance while rasping away, sweating and bleeding all over heehe. I find it extremely rewarding to freehand with a rasp. <br>I think I am going to have to do most of the work in my head for a while and find an easier way to knock out the slingshots. The way I have been doing it is having a very very rough shape sketched onto the board, or no sketch if its a natural, and then cutting it extremely rough and then rasping the whole thing into the shape as it came to me.... I think I am going to have to make more precise cuts and be very smart about how I achieve my desired results. I can't keep "winging" it the way I have been doing it, even though I am happy with my results.
     
  6. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    I think you have ADHD like me lol.<br><br>I was dreaming about my own micarta a little while ago ^^
     
  7. Cuthbert Allgood

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    i totally have ADHD. I never grew out of it. In fact, i think it got worse as I got older. <br><br>i have been reading about making my own micarta all day.. how screwed up!
     
  8. CEZ

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    Haha, ur addicted to rasping, at least it's not crack:)<br>Anyway it's good you wrote this, I'm pretty much on my way to that level of addiction too..<br>Think I'll finish it with the dremel though..
     
  9. ZDP-189

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    I am sorry to hear of your troubles. I always work with the workpiece clamped, use an ergonomic file handle and use body weight and long strokes. Treat your frame like a woman and make sweet love to it, don't jerk it up and down like you are trying to rub one out.
     
  10. Hrawk

    Hrawk Hedonistic Decedance

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    I'm sorry to hear that Benjamin.<br><br>As ZDP has said, a vice or set of clamps is your best friend for working on a frame.<br><br>I know a few people who have suffered a similar injury and acupuncture has worked very well in getting them back onto the road to recovery.<br><br>As for 'rubbing one out', I'll leave that up to you to decipher.<br><br>Hrawk out.
     
  11. CEZ

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    Reading all this convinced me to use the clamp to hold the fork, just tried it out. I actually think it's a much better way to do your work, proved faster, easier and you focus on a part instead of switching sides constantly.
     
  12. Hrawk

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    Even a cheap vice, say $20 or so, will save you a lot of pain and allow you to do much more accurate work.<br><br>Make some leather jaw guards though so you dont scratch the timber.
     
  13. Kyl

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    Dude! I hate to hear that. I can sympathize. I have suffered from "repeated motion injury" before. Usually in my shoulder/neck. <br><br>If you are into self treatment you might look into these;<br><br><a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=15747203&findingMethod=rr" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Therapeutic Percussive massager</a>, these thing feel great. Hopefully you can talk Mrs. Allgood to driving it around where you can't reach. I have found that some portion of arm/hand pain is caused from muscle spasm in the neck which clamps off the nerves to the arm/hand which slows down healing/recovery.<br><br><a href="http://www.youcanbefit.com/recovery.html" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Vinegar & Epsom Salt</a>, A perennial favorite of sports medicine. <br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dit_da_jow" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dit-da-jao</a>, Kung-fu analgesic. You can usually buy it, but if you know someone who studies Jujitsu or Kung-fu maybe they can get you some secret Sensei D-d-jao.<br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimethyl_sulfoxide" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">DMSO</a>, <a href="http://www.dmso.org/articles/information/muir.htm" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">DMSO 2</a>, Use with caution and according to instructions. This stuff is potent.<br><br><a href="http://www.cornelius-celsus.org/documents/GuideToAcu.pdf" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Acupunture</a> & Moxabustion <a href="http://www.paradigm-pubs.com/sites/<a%20href=" http: target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.paradigm-pubs.com/files/active/0/JapAcuCliGui_E.pdf"</a> class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Moxibustion. A trained practitioner might seem expensive but I have found this therapy to be worthwhile and cost effective. When I go to my western Dr. he charges me $80-$100 dollars for the first visit and he actually spends about 6-10 minutes examining/treating me. When I go to the Acu-Dr. he spends 45 min.-1.5 hours treating me and charges about $75. Plus it actually soothes my symptom.<br>$100 for 10 minutes, that's $600 per hour, as compared to say $75 per hour. ?<br><br>At the urging of my present acupuncturist, I have been doing moxa on my self for about a year. It works as well as needling, but with no needles! and you can do it at home. <br>In the traditional Chinese format, you see the Dr. for a treatment, then he shows you the points to moxa yourself at home. Then he instructs you to moxa these X points, X times a day, for X days. Kinda like "2 aspirin and call me in the morning." Traditionally the Acu-Dr. asks you to bring a family member with you so they can be instructed in the technique as well, as some points might be hard to reach yourself. I make my wife burn me with plain old incense sticks. It's kinda stinky but works as good as moxa. <br><br>Get well & GET A VISE. My left hand has a super-powerful, non-tiring, mechanical slave, the vise, my most used/loved shop tool. <br><br>We want to see more of your rockin' creations so take it easy and heal up.
     
  14. ZDP-189

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    While you're injured, here's what you can do with all your spare Thera-band<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJWq2j_5NeA" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJWq2j_5NeA</a>
     
  15. CEZ

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    Would you ever think it's actually used for something else than projecting lead and steel into air..<br>Nice crab walk btw:)<br>How's that hand of yours?