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Ruptured Tendon

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Comment from: Jorge, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 30

I'm currently 63. When I was 45 I detached my bicep tendon while swinging a baseball bat in the early innings of a fast-pitch baseball game. It did not hurt (and I was the catcher!) so I continued playing the full game plus one inning of the second game in a double header. I only stopped because a slight discomfort caused by the torn tendon around the inside of the elbow. I did not notice much strength loss, but decided to have it checked a week after the injury. The doctor told me that I had 2 weeks or so to re-attach the tendon to its original spot in the bone. After that, the muscle begins wrinkling/dying and the tendon would have to be re-attached to another muscle instead of the original bone. I decided to have the surgery and I'm glad I did. It was a complete success. Since then, I have had other tendon ruptures but no detachments. I must have weak tendons! Hope this helps someone decide to seek doctor's help for tendon detachment.

Comment from: kelllygreen, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

In 2006 I was sparring in martial arts class, missed a head kick to a taller opponent and while stretched out landed full force on my knee. My Achilles tendon was torn almost completely from my knee though the lower attachment was unaffected. My treatment was 10 weeks in a boot, surgery was not considered helpful. Within 6 months I was back to 80 percent of normal and after a year almost normal but some mass and strength have gone. This last weekend while playing tennis, really just warming up, I was not running or twisting or putting pressure on my leg, I felt it pop and I was in a lot of pain and left. I am limping, resting, taking aspirin, and worried. This is the second time my leg popped while on a court but not pushing or running. My game is off as I am either in pain or worried about further damage.

Comment from: RedWhiteBlue, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 14

I lifted a 50 pound sack of bird feed and felt nothing. When leaving the store, there was a landscape rock in the driveway so I reached down to move it and felt a sharp pain up and down my arm. It went away so I thought nothing of it. A few days later, I was moving a heavy couch and heard a loud pop and said to myself, 'I think I just broke my arm.' There was no pain then either. I googled tendon popping and felt for the tendon which was no longer there! I flexed and saw I had the Popeye deformity and went to the emergency room (ER) where, sure enough, total distal bicep tear was found! The pop was on Christmas. I went to the ER December 28 and had surgery on January 4. I wore a sling for two weeks and a locking arm brace for 5 weeks. Physical therapy has consisted of hand movements and using a stretchy band for strengthening the tendon and squeezing a putty ball. I am very protective of the arm and have done everything the doctor and physical therapist have told me to do.

Comment from: hennakay2017, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I broke my knee in February 2017. A week before I was to have the cast removed I felt an excruciating pop in my other foot. Upon x-ray the doctor told me I had ruptured a tendon in my foot. It's now July 2018 and it still hurts and the foot is unstable.

Comment from: RozeePettles, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

The pain started in my right hand, on the pinky and ring finger. It hurts to bend, hold, grip, close hand. It feels warm, and has some bruising on knuckle. When I try to stretch my finger flat I feel a sharp pain. I wonder if this is a sign of a ruptured tendon or torn tendon. I am able to use my thumb, index and middle, as long as I do not stress it or put pressure, by holding objects or closing hand to tight.

Comment from: Brenda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I slightly turned my left leg while standing and I felt a stinging charley horse type of pain. I initially had swelling on the outside of my left knee then the whole leg from knee to whole thigh was swollen tight and extremely painful. The next day my kneecap was covered in a deep purple bruise. I have not got this checked yet and wonder if I should check if I have a ruptured tendon. The pain is really bad at night and keeps me awake and the pain seems to affect the left calf as well. I also have a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and we have soft skin and tissues and break blood vessels easily.

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon15 months ago. Surgery and physiotherapy (PT) seemed to go smoothly. Achilles is still swelling especially late in the day or after sitting at a desk too long. Circulation to toes gets worse later in the day. Best time for me is just after waking up. Even seems that stress or lack of sleep has an effect. I wonder if I should exercise more to loosen, or seek more PT. I need to make a change.

Comment from: Linda49, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I was emptying the last bowl of soup from my pressure cooker and as I tipped the last bit of the soup into the bowl something snapped and cracked in my lower arm. This was a month ago and I am still having pain in my arm, elbow and limited to how I move my arm without severe pain. I cannot lift things at certain angles. I am concerned that I might have ruptured a tendon.

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Comment from: zena02, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I have had several ruptured tendons in my feet over the past several years. I also have had five surgeries to fix them and several surgeries to fix pinched nerves all in my left foot. I am now starting to rupture tendons and get pinched nerves in my right foot which I am going for surgery next week for. I am 39 years old and I'm not over weight so I do not understand how or why this keeps happening.

Comment from: hurtindeb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I've been having tendon issues for years, after several accidents and falls. I also had plantar fasciitis. I had tendon surgery to nick the left Achilles after a fall that caused the plantar fasciitis. After a couple of years the tightness began again. It was so tight I had to stretch every hour or I'd lock up. I've taken several medications with tendon weakness a side effect. I also had several cortisone injections for leg pain.

Comment from: Monahsetah, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

In 2007, I ruptured my right posterior tibial tendon. In 2011, I ruptured my left posterior tibial tendon. In both instances, I stood up from a seated position, I heard a pop, felt sudden severe pain and burning in my instep radiating up into my ankle, then I fell and could no longer stand on the affected foot/ankle. There was immediate bruising and swelling.

Comment from: metrykid, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I have ruptured tending on the index finger. I am unable to bend the finger at the knuckle.

Comment from: G, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 30

Just been told I have snapped the main tendon in my shoulder from a sports injury from six months ago. I have aching when lying down. I have pain when I lift up my arm and I am unable to draw my arm across my body or fully away from my body.

Comment from: sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I had pain in radial wrist while lifting lid off a large coffee can. Then bruising at the site, and later a knot appeared, which was profound when rotating my thumb.

Comment from: M. F., 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I had been taking Crestor far too long. When I read that it was jeopardizing my tendons, I realized why my tendon on my scapula had torn when I lifted even a small cart of veggies. I felt it tear! I had not been told of the effect on tendons by taking Crestor or any other statin until it was too late.

Comment from: Joseph, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 12

I ruptured a tendon in my arm and I've been having a lot of pain between upper and lower arm around joint.

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