|have to bend the lcd several times as well before it comes on or lights up|
Wow, that snippet of added information is all important. Assuming you are referring to the Display/Screen, it is clearly due to some poor connection somewhere near where you are pressing. So, you need to investigate the connections in that area or possibly replace or repair the screen.
What you previously had to do to overcome this issue was almost certainly just disturbing something in the proximity to the fault.
I think you can now forget my #1 as this was based only upon what you initially said.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks