You Have What? Painful Syndromes with Odd Names
1. The joys of new motherhood can be overshadowed by the pain of this disorder. Over time, holding and lifting a baby from the crib makes it more likely you'll experience symptoms, which include pain or swelling on the thumb side of the wrist.
2. Hip and knee pain from this oddly named syndrome prevents you from keeping up with your running buddies. In fact, the hip pain becomes so severe at times that you can barely run a short distance. As if that wasn't bad enough, you feel wobbly when you walk.
3. After a fall during a downhill ski run tore the ski pole from your hand, you've noticed pain and swelling at the base of your thumb and weakness when grasping objects. Your thumb also appears bruised.
4. After your wedding, you and hubby take off for a whirlwind honeymoon. Halfway through the first week, a burning sensation and an urgent need to urinate put a damper on your mood.
5. Spending time in the garden can be relaxing and -- if you're not careful -- painful. The repetitive motions of raking, sowing, weeding and reaching can cause increased shoulder pain over time. Left alone, it can eventually lead to stiffness and a limited range of motion.
6. Runners and athletes most often feel this knee pain, as well as aerobics class participants and those who enjoy soccer, volleyball and other sports. Running down stairs or downhill causes the worst pain, which manifests in the front of the knee under the kneecap.
7. Pivoting, twisting, turning and rapidly changing direction can result in this syndrome. Symptoms include pain and swelling at the base of the big toe near the ball of the foot, which can become chronic.
8. Colliding with a player in contact sports or being injured in a car or bike accident can trigger this pain. The intense neurological sensation starts in the neck and then travels like an electrical discharge to the nerves at the tips of the fingers.
9. Attempting to catch a ball and hitting it with the tip of your finger can cause this painful injury. Pain, tenderness and swelling of the first joint of the finger make it impossible to straighten the finger on its own, although it can be straightened using the other hand.
10. Martial arts and sports that require hitting hard objects with your hands put you at risk for this painful, bone-breaking injury. Symptoms consist of pain, swelling and deformity of the joint between the pinky finger and the long bone on the side of the hand.