This happened in Mumbai this summer, at the time when IPL -5 was on.
A team that had camped in Mumbai , also had somebody who is known to me... nah, he is not a player... he was one of the support staffers. This guy is friends with me as we used to be co-commuters at some point of time- almost 5 years ago.
This friend wanted to be served, as he was too tired and wanted somebody who knows his body well (has previously served him). He chose me. I was sure it will be all the same, except the changed venue (he usually was served at his home, this time it was a hotel)... but no, it was not all the same.
my client friend was not only "tired", but he also complained of an accute pain at his left shoulder. He said there was no change in his exercise routine, and that the shoulder had started paining only this morning. Curious, i inspected his paining shoulder. The occurence of pain covered a large part of muscles, from his neck to the biceps of his left arm and towards back- to the muscles over scapula. However, his shoulder-joints and neck functioned normally. I told him it could not be anything but a muscular pain. He looked much worried and wanted to see the doctor... "how the hell this muscular pain, even as I know how carefully I've used my muscles?" he quipped, and after some silence, he said, " well I think the problem is neuro-muscular... will see a doctor soon..."
The decision to visit a doctor is fine, but i secretly disliked his attitude to jump to conclusions-- Neuro-Muscular !! Sure he has some extra muscle up his brain, so fast a conclusion! huh?
I remained silent though, and politely asked him to describe how well did he sleep last night...
"well i just freshened up and you came, you see... I slept very well... who won't, after a long day of practise sessions..." - said he , as i was curiously looking at his bed....
The queen-sized bed occupied almost one third of the total space, as it stood at centre of this premium hotel room... I went closer to it as my client watched me from his mat that we used for massage. Going closer to the pillows, four, for that exxtra comfort, I lifted one pillow up and ...
... found the reason behind his acheing shoulder,
lying there- beaneath the top pillow...
It was a DEO container.
Till date, at least 3 weeks since he called, I still do not whether he was convinced with my "general inquiry into his Neuro-Muscular Pain
Maybe, he will call me in the fifth week, as he'd usually do, and i will ask him whether he really had to see a neuro-surgeon for his shoulder pain.
Morale : instead of being over-cautious and worried after the pain, think what can cause you pain and take care!
(THIS STORY is based on real-life incidences and is written originally for this blog. It can be re-used with due credit and a link to this blog -- Abby)