The Trauma of Being Upside Down – Part 2

My previous post regarding the Trauma of Being Upside Down highlighted the cause of “little red dots” called petechaie that can appear on your face, neck, etc. as shown in the picture to the right.

20140502-054308.jpgPetechiae appear when capillaries bleed, leaking blood into the skin. Prolonged straining (vomiting, coughing, sneezing, getting choked) can cause this bleeding.

The workouts that were released by CrossFit HQ for this year’s regionals revealed lots of upper body strength (HSPU, Handstand walks, Muscle Ups, etc.).  Like many regional athletes, I have been practicing these skills over and over to perfect them before my regionals date.

I have concluded, I am the “Queen” of uncovering the different trauma’s related to prolonged straining.  Here’s another trauma that I experienced this week: subconjunctival hemorrhagesubconjunctival hemorrhage.jpg

A subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when a tiny blood vessel breaks just underneath the clear surface of your eye. The cause of isn’t always known. However, the following actions may cause a small blood vessel to rupture in your eye:
  • Actions: Violent coughing, powerful sneezing, heavy lifting, vomiting
  • Prolonged times of stress & hypertension: example: excessive weight lifting
  • An eye infection such as conjunctivitis, eye surgery or surgery to the eyelid may also affect the veins and thus result in hemorrhaging.
  • High blood pressure and the intake of blood thinning medication: example warfarin or aspirin.  Fish oil in high doses can also have the same effect.

So yes, this is my eye.  And yes, I have been been “prolonged in my straining” once again. 😦 Whether it was lots of upside down work, lots of olympic lifting, or a combination of all the above, these two traumas have reminded me of the importance of rest post.

Despite its bloody appearance, a subconjunctival hemorrhage should cause no change in your vision, no discharge from your eye and no pain. Your only discomfort may be a scratchy feeling on the surface of your eye.  Just as a petechiae, it usually dissipates within 10 days.  No need to worry unless this condition is frequently reoccurring.   If that’s the case, talk to your doctor.


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