Kit Steinkellner
Updated Apr 19, 2015 @ 11:23 am

We know that obsessively playing phone games isn’t exactly GOOD for us, but, as it turns out, you can actually seriously injure yourself playing these games. Like, have to go to the hospital and get surgery, like THAT kind of injuring yourself.

As the LAist reports, a 29-year-old man from San Diego did just that when he got addicted to “Candy Crush” and played the game on his phone all day long for almost two months straight. The dude would play the game with just his left hand while doing everything else he had to do with his right hand.

Eventually, his left thumb started to hurt and he was have difficulty moving it. When he went to the doctor, the young man discovered that he had ruptured his left tendon and was going to need surgery to repair the damage to his hand. The Candy Crush player had ruptured the thickest part of his tendon, so he should have been in a crazy amount of pain, but because of the constant adrenaline he was experiencing playing with the app, the young man’s “gamer’s high” acted as a natural painkiller, according to LiveScience.

Let this be a cautionary tale for us all, and let’s try to play our phone games in moderation. After all, you’re going to feel REALLY silly if it’s Candy Crush of all things that sends you to the OR.

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