Poly causes PAIN...what's up with that??!!

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  1. corbind

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    What does pulling out too soon mean? Can you elaborate?
     
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  2. TimothyO

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    I've had arm issues twice in tennis: the first time was when I bought my first "real" frame which was stiff, light, and HH. Had TE so bad I couldn't lift a dinner plate. Did some research and discovered the frame I chose fit the arm-killer profile perfectly. Changed to softer, heavier, HL frames and problem was solved.

    Second time was when I recently tried the PS6.1 95". Its Ampli-Feel tech worked as advertised by transmitting more vibrations to my arm...which made my hand stiff and painful. On paper it looked good but the Ampli-Shock really hurt.

    I just tried full poly again, a hybrid of 4G mains and Outlast crosses, at 49/47. Today my wrist feels stiff and numb. Will be cutting the poly out later today and won't be trying full poly again. Inferior spin, inferior feel, inferior longevity compared to gut mains. Just not worth it.
     
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  3. corbind

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    We musta bought the same "modern", toothpick, tendon-tearing racquet! :oops:
     
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  4. royfrombigd

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    BruceD,

    I had a similar issue a few years back when playing W/ Lux BB ACE. My arm would be tingling and I'd wake up in the middle of the night with my arm cramped up in an almost deformed looking position. I gave up on poly and went back to soft multi and, poof, it went away. Yes, poly is addictive, but a possible quick and cheap solution (realize there could be multiple reasons for your condition) is to dump the poly, ALL Poly regardless of the claims to come in, and go with multi or gut for a while. It's worth a shot before switching equipment or seeking medical advice. Hope that helps.
     
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  5. Power Player

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    Aren't you going to use the steam 99s though? That would blow w/out full poly.
     
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  6. royfrombigd

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    There's no way I'll ever, ever use full poly again (yeah, I've been coaxed into hybrid experimenting). I got the 99s on a whim and have been impressed so far. Believe it or not, I want to try 16G VS full bed in there. I'm not a string breaker and have been using 17G in 16x19s with no problem. I think it would even be cheaper than having to restring so much due to tension loss with other multis or polys.

    Hey, not sure if you've ventured to the Blade 16x19 yet. I love it, but that has been bothering my arm. I used the older BLX 18x20 last year with no issues and using the same gut string. Funny, if the Steam doesn't work out, I'll probably be going full circle back to the 18x20. That stick is a bona fide classic.
     
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  7. BruceD

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    FINALLY the pain is almost gone! It took me suggesting to my Doctor, that I might try Neurontin, or the generic, Gabapenton, as I once had some pretty sever peripheral nerve damage, after several years of hard drinking that ultimately led to my need to use a wheelchair, after stopping.
    It only took 4 days of 3x a day dosage to bring the pain down to just a tingle in a couple fingers.
    I will still use the wrist brace I have, to avoid re-injuring it again. I ice my hands and forearms after playing.
    I also have brought the weight up on all my favorite sticks, to 13-13.5 oz. It feels MUCH BETTER and now I can hit a serve with some pace, as well as spin again!
     
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  8. polytheist

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    let me get this straight. You drank yourself into a wheelchair?
     
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  9. BruceD

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    The pain is now not more than a tingling annoyance.
    My Doc will be doing some kinda of nerve test when I see him, tomorrow. I know it's still mending , so I continue to wear the wrist brace when I sleep and most of the day, including when I hit the ball, of course!
    Yes, alcohol can and does do brain damage and at the quantity I ingested that day, did it's damage in the Central Pontine area. That is where lower body motion control stems from and so, IF I try to walk very far, I do fall down, so I don't.
    Do I drink now? That's the next question that follows. Nope, I lost all enjoyment of imbibing alcohol in 2008. Kept landing me in he hospital, every time I started, so it finally got old.
     
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  10. BruceD

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    I'm doing just that, especially after finding that the Prince air Light that I was using also had a full bed of Prince Twist B&W Poly! Putting fresh Gamma syn-gut in the frames that I buy that have string that varies in age and condition, and tension, will make a difference on which one I come to use the most.
    I have a Pro-Kennex Slammer 110, that I have not been able to find much info on it's age or what the greyish string that it, and others racquets I've seen, come with is. It's between 8-10 years old, i think and little wear is on it. The seller had no idea what it was.
    Anyone know?
     
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  11. anubis

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    Pain and numbness? In my experience, that means the strings are too tight, regardless of what they're made of.

    vibe dampeners do nothing but dull the sound.


    Tell you what, try this: take your favorite poly and your favorite soft multi and string them up as a hybrid @ 48 lbs. Poly in the mains, soft multi in the cross. Go out and hit for a couple of hours and tell us all how it feels. I bet it won't feel too bad.
     
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  12. BruceD

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    It's carpal tunnel..so the Doc's tes said..so here's something that I hope helps!

    Deep Tissue massage. It's scary, just hearing what it's all about and what's needed, in their theory, to hels without surgury.
    Scar tissure has built up in areas in my arist, that I can stimulate my self, somtimes, to make the ZING happen. The nerve is "encapsulated" in that scar tissue, which is why I can stimulate it.
    FINE
    So when you freeze something, it hurts less, but also lets you make something de-encapsulate that area, with a little more force than you might other wise. While the freezing itself is good therapy.
    I had been using this device..a bank of 3 rollers that contain sodium, that freeze at a lower temp than ice and last longer, too.
    So I had not been very hard on my wrists, before (chicken) but by now, I am getting tired of this pain that limits how often I can do what I love! Hit the ball with the kids I coach!
    So after freeze-grinding away at my wrsts and the ulnar area, the pain was very bad at first, but instanty went away, AS I WAS GRINDING! Very encouraging, so I'll keep you posted.
    Here's a pic of the thing. The shaving cream is ther for scale only, unless you have VERY HAIRY ARMS![​IMG]
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  13. BruceD

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    not sure why the [pics aren't working as they had before..
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  14. tlm

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    You mean like rafa nadals compact strokes?
     
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