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The saying “you never know what you have until its gone” is probably one of the most relevant to my life right now than any other. This week FLEXONLINE.com posted the video of my PRP Treatment that I had done on May 21; it’s been a little over two weeks and things are starting to feel pretty good. There was a huge response to the video; I’ve never gotten so many emails from fans. I guess I want to take a minute to address some of the questions.
Why was there no anesthetic? The particular doctor felt that any anesthetic used would interfere with the treatment making it useless.
Why did I opt for this instead of surgery since its not 100% proven? This treatment isn’t proven but I have three IFBB Pro friends that have had this done and have had great results. More importantly, surgery would definitely put me out of commission for at least 8 weeks where this treatment has allowed me to get back into the gym already (more on that later). I have a chance of being back to 100% in about 6 weeks if all goes well.
Why did it hurt so badly? The injection was being placed right into the tendon tear, so imagine having a gash in your leg or arm and some taking a needle and poking in and out as deep as they can. That’s almost what it would feel like…lol
Did you cry or puke? LOL, I felt like I wanted to puke when it was being done and as for crying a real man doesn’t cry…*cough*bullshit.
Anyway, I am on the road to recovery and no that doesn’t mean I am sitting around feeling sorry for myself. I know that tendons are just like muscles and anything else in the body, the better your nutrition the faster things are going to heal. I have been eating tons of protein, carbs and healthy fats every day. Eating six meals a day and not doing anything will make anyone fat, pro bodybuilder or not. I think I’m sitting at 275lbs still but its not too sloppy; my GF hasn’t left me yet so it can’t be that bad.
I spent the first 7-10 days in the house but after that I was cleared to start rehabbing the elbows and knees. To anyone who loves to train, loves to lift heavy or loves to feel like they have kicked their own ass in the gym, rehabbing sucks! I go to the gym now and I feel like a weekend warrior. I’m just going through the motions with 25lb plates on a barbell for bench or barbell rows. I’m basically just movin the blood around and trying to keep things feeling fresh. The doc says it will help so whatever it takes, but it still sucks.
At the five week mark I go back to the doctors for a check up and another ultrasound to see how the tear has healed. I hope to god everything checks out because I am itching to get back at the weights!!
All I can say is I am just really glad I caught this now; its no secret that I needed to bring up my arms and still bring up my legs a bit more. With my knees and elbow feeling better I can finally do that. I’m not sure if I will be ready for the Olympia but I am going to do my best to get healthy as soon as I can. If I can’t be ready in time for the Olympia, then the 2012 Arnold Classic is my focus and with another few months of offseason and healthy tendons, maybe I’ll be shakin the Arnold’s hand at the end of that night…
Sacrifice Without Regret, Fouad ‘Hoss’ Abiad www.fouadhossabiad.com