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Author Topic: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon  (Read 2996 times)

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Someone was saying that gaming is harmless? :P

http://gizmodo.com/y...e-rupture-1697861150

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Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon

Let us bring you yet another cautionary tale of a deceptively sweet and bubbly menace to our nation. We speak, of course, of Candy Crush. A 29-year-old man actually ruptured a tendon after weeks of torturing his thumb in pursuit candy matches. We kid you not.

So uhh, how much Candy Crush do you need to play before it becomes dangerous to your physical health? According to a case report in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the man told doctors he’d been playing for six to eight weeks pretty much nonstop—in his words, “playing was a kind of secondary thing, but it was constantly on.” That whole time, his left thumb was swipe swipe swiping, until it basically gave out. He came in with pain and unable to move his thumb. And yes, he needed surgery.

The oddest detail, according to the authors of the report, is that the man never noticed any pain before his tendon ruptured, possibly because he was so absorbed in the game. “Although this is only a single case report, research might consider whether video games have a role in clinical pain management and as nonpharmacologic alternatives during uncomfortable or painful medical procedures,” the case report concludes. So Tylenol or Candy Crush, pick your poison?



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Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 10:46:02 PM »

Well, the facepalming aside, it's very well known that comp gaming of many varieties can produce really bad repetitive stress injuries.

I'm betting what we're not seeing is a middle paragraph where he had increasing pain but chose to ignore it. I'm pretty sure he didn't just collapse in pain one day and need surgery.

In honor of the upcoming Ludum Dare game compo, some of those games had control combos that really trashed my hands in an otherwise good game!

We're just laughing this time because it's "cute little candy crush".


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Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2015, 11:28:01 PM »
We're just laughing this time because it's "cute little candy crush".

Yep. Because it's still funny!

Just how much do you need to play to require surgery? Sheesh! It's hilarious.
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Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2015, 01:03:06 AM »
We're just laughing this time because it's "cute little candy crush".

Yep. Because it's still funny!

Just how much do you need to play to require surgery? Sheesh! It's hilarious.

If I were to have played through pain, some games could have wrecked me in a couple of weeks! And before that stage, probably a regimen like "don't play this for a month".

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Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2015, 08:35:34 PM »
I got tennis elbow from playing too much diablo, went did some research found a little rubber bar used for recovering from injury's and used it, best 20 bux I have ever spent, in one week the pain was gone. Hard to believe this dude never noticed the pain, it felt like I had a cigar burning through my muscle in my forearm.
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Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2015, 09:15:55 PM »
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 Hard to believe this dude never noticed the pain, it felt like I had a cigar burning through my muscle in my forearm.

That was why I was wondering if something got left out of the story. A rare possibility is if his biological pain sensors don't work right.


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Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2015, 06:13:06 PM »
Gameboy Advance will deliver this pain, in both thumb joints, as well.  ;D
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