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#1 dartman


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 11:10 AM

Medical issues? Nerves and shakeing in particular.My health has declined in recent years and am starting to have problems with my

hands when trying to build.Are there anybody else with the same issue and if so what have you done to help your self or is just me?

please discuss.

#2 DavidG


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 12:39 PM

I have no medical issues whatsoever and the doctor says that I should live to be several hundred years old. 


I also have some land for sale. 


Ok, seriously, I had a heart attack in February that scared the dickens out of me. I've been on blood thinners and hypertension meds since then and I also have been weak as a kitten. I'm doing good to walk across the room without gasping for breath. Even when I am working on a model car, I can only go for about a half an hour before I'm so fatigued that i have to lie down and either sleep or try to just relax. However, everyday is a little better. 


I think that  you are going to find that you are definitely NOT alone and that you will even be surprised at the amazing array of maladies that so many others are suffering.

Edited by DavidG, 04 June 2014 - 12:41 PM.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 12:43 PM

A previous gunshot injury has left me with partial numbness in my left arm and hand. It developed slowly over the past 20 years. I can still function quite well and remain an active law enforcement officer, but some nights it just bothers the heck out of me.



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 01:11 PM

I had a stroke four years ago at just 46 years-of-age. A minor stroke but still, EVERYTHING changed. All my motor skills are a little weird now, and my guitar playin' is a problem. Anyway, I don't mess too much with finite detail items if I'm tired. I do my best model car stuff (and pickin' music) in the mornings, just the opposite of what I used to do. Patience is everything, too. Deep breaths.



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 01:16 PM

I have numbness and dexterity issues plus at times my hands shake its all from nerve damage I have...it comes and goes. 

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 01:18 PM

Sevre spinal injury when i was 24, so 18 years ago, broke my back in 4 places.  Horrendous back ache, even worse when damp (in UK thats just about all the year round).   One destroyed knee, crunches and gives way, stairs etc are a pain.    Dislocated hip that i was born with, just aches a little.

thats about it, so often cant sleep cos of the pain.   Its how i got into making models as a adult as not much else i could do to pass time after my accident

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 02:05 PM

I have problems sitting for a long time at my desk because of issues with my legs swelling and my knees are shot.  For a long time I built on a lap board so I could keep my feet up while I worked.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 02:09 PM

I have 4 herniated disk and spinal stenosis.

It causes me to have numbness and dexterity issues.

My hands shake very bad from the pain meds.

But I keep plugging away. The worst is the mental aspect of it.

As in not being able to do the things I use to. I love to hunt fish

and be outside. But now I sit in the house all day.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 03:57 PM

I have had Multiple Sclerosis for 22 years and have very little use of my right arm and hand. So I build with one arm  and I can hold parts in my right. I have a twitch in that arm from time to time. I still build but its a challenge... 

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 04:07 PM

I've had ingrown toenails and also broken fingers and concussions! I also have a shake in my hands that makes it hard to paint small details


Not much compared to you guys but it's still annoying..

Edited by DynoMight, 04 June 2014 - 04:13 PM.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 05:24 PM

Most everyone is posting their ills and I have quite a few myself. Just turned 70, shaky hands, etc. The biggest obstacle I've overcome is holding onto parts while gluing, detail painting, etc. I solved it with one of these:




I took the suction apparatus off the bottom of mine (I have 2) and mounted each of them on a short 2 x 6. The swivel head allows a part to be turned and held at pretty much any angle/orientation. My detail painting is still pathetic compared to some but it's much better than it used to be. Gluing parts is much easier.

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:38 PM

Like Dale, I had a small stroke at 48. Very slight motor skill issues. The biggest issues are the effects of the blood pressure medication. Fatigue is the biggest issue.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 12:10 AM

Shouldn't this topic be in the General section, as nothing is actually on-the-workbench?

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 12:42 PM

I have too many issues to list them all but nueropithy is the one causing me problems.I get

a good shake so doing the small stuff is realy getting hard.I guess all I can do is keep

plugging along like the rest.Oh and sorry if I posted in the wrong catagory.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 06:18 PM

"We ain't no Spring Chickens 'round heah"..

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:03 PM

At 64 stuff is just deteriorating. That is a fact. My darned arms are to short! Well, the Doc just says it is my eyes going bad, but I insist the arms are shrinking. I am not a steady as I use to be, but I get by by resting my hands on the edge of the bench to get a little more accuracy. I have been getting progressively stronger lenses for Optivisor. The problem with that is that I get really close to the model and then the fumes from the glue start to sting the eyes and I have to take a break. My back won't tolerate sitting hunched over the bench like it use to but that just means I have to take a break a little more often.

Growing old sucks but it sure beats the alternative!

Keep after it until you drop at the bench.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:10 PM

2010 I had my right hip replaced, last December it was my left knee that was replaced. End of April I tore two tendons in my left rotator cuff, and they had to cut the bicep at the shoulder and reattach it. I'm off work for at least another month can't use the arm, thus I can't build. Now I have insomnia and can't sleep. I have muscle spasms in my lower back and legs, and can't sit for any length of time. I'm only 55 and so miserable most of the time that its hard to spend any time at the work bench. Growing old sucks!

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 10:00 PM

I have occasional bouts of sciatica, back gets a little sore once in awhile as a result of a couple of bad falls and a piano coming down a moving truck ramp.


When my sciatic nerve kicks in, I can't do anything...sleep, sit, stand, walk, build, read, whatever. Wow, it drives me nuts.


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 04:09 AM

Had a "Widowmaker" heart attack at the age of 49, leaving me only 38% of my heart undamaged, and I have COPD from years of smoking. My legs cramp and stiffen if I sit at my desk where I build and go online, but that is probably a result of old age. It's funny how you think you're indestructable as a kid, only to learn that all those stupid stunts I did as a kid have come back to haunt me!

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 04:53 AM

How much time do you guys have, as I've got a list just like everybody else. LOL! As we get older (not old) I truly believe that ALL of us start having a few to many medical problems that we have to deal with. My uncle used to say that as we get older we're like old cars and our "parts" start to wear out. I thank GOD for everyday I'm here to enjoy life and deal with the problems I have. Sometimes when I hear of other peoples medical problems, mine aren't so bad.