Don’t Grit Your Teeth and Push Through The Pain

So everyone knows I screwed something up in my back.  Pinched a nerve.  Pulled something in the trapezius* family.  Something.

You know what happens if you are feeling kinda better and take an all day defensive handgun class? Flinch. And pain.  Like can’t get out of bed without help kind of pain.

And more flinch.  No matter how much you think about applying pressure to get the surprise break on that trigger, pain is an extra effective teacher.  Even though your instructor spends special time with you with an awesome drill that you will make sure to use on some new shooters, you will fall back to the flinch.

And then you get to meet your freaking deductible in medical bills.  Fan-freaking-tastic. Not to mention shooting like crap because raising your left elbow high enough to deal with recoil causes your neck to spasm. Like screw up your sight picture violent spasm.

I know.  I said I was going to go ahead and do the class because an assailant was not going to ask me if I was feeling up to being assaulted in that moment.  It’s true that they won’t, but you are not likely to need 250 rounds to deal with that assailant either.

The instruction was top notch, really.  I had a couple of stages where I was hitting an index card like a pro. When I did everything he told me to do, I shot like a rock star.  And then I wanted to cry. If you can’t bring your support arm perpendicular to your body without wincing, you’re not in shape for training.  Get healthy, then train.

This is yet another time that I am telling you to learn from my mistakes.  It is going to take a lot of practice for me to actually learn the skills that were taught and overcome the bad habits that the pain pushed.  I’ve never had a flinch. And yet, now I’ve got to beat one.  Don’t make the same mistake.

*which apparently is going to take a while to heal.  Dammit.

18 thoughts on “Don’t Grit Your Teeth and Push Through The Pain”

  1. SO sorry, Sweetie! I think, however, when & if (hopefully not) you face an assailant the adrenaline will kick in, and you won’t feel anything until a couple of hours later. The assailant, however. . .

  2. So your saying that my DI’s attitude of “pain is good, extreme pain is extremely good” doesn’t apply here??

    Really hope you get feeling better soon.

  3. Once you get healthy dry fire can eliminate that flinch.

    I had bad one when I started shooting a Contender in .357 Maximum and dry
    fire a few times a week chased it out the door.

  4. Ugh, I know what you are going through. Having herniated 4 of my discs and having 2 of them removed. I have problems firing my shotguns, however I will tell you what has helped me the most. My pain Management Dr. With several nerve root injections plus varying pain meds which took several months to find the right combination, I can function well and as long as I don’t over do it I can shoot comfortably. So please go see a pain specialist, they really do help.

  5. Get a partner. Have them load your weapon. Have the mix in random snap caps and live rounds.It will help break the habit. Old school.

  6. I understand, last week at the range was the first time I could put weight on the knee I blew out at Christmas. Be patient, don’t push, and you’ll heal. Here’s hoping you are pain free in little time.

  7. Yup, takes time. Lots and lots of time. And just when you think its all better, you’ll discover it won’t be.

    Not qualified to help with the gun stuff (but then I’m the person who insists on learning to do stuff that sends my hands into spasm even when I know better, so I suppose that means I’m really not qualified!)

    See if the chiropractor/massage people think it might help to have hubby slather on some Tiger Balm or similer. Won’t help with the pinched nerve, not really, but it’ll loosen up those painfully tense muscles that are trying to spasm on you.
    Ruth´s last blog post ..I feel like a redneck

  8. I developed a wicked flinch at one point trying to learn to love a compact .45. The easiest way to cure it is 2 bricks of .22 and a target pistol (I used a Buckmark, but any will do). Commit to not firing a single centerfire round until the .22’s are gone, and you not only will be a better shot after, your flinch will be a distant memory.

  9. I hope the lack of posting indicates that you are taking the time needed to heal properly. More prayers headed your way!

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