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Old 02-13-2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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Crippling shoulder pain

Hi guys,

Has anyone else ever suffered from severe shoulder pain from playing guitar?

It started about a week ago when I was learning to play the Fleetwood Mac song 'Never Going Back Again'. I'm only a little thing so I had to have my arm sticking pretty far out to fret my acoustic. The next morning my shoulder felt a little sore when i moved it in certain directions.

Fast forward a week and things are much worse. Whilst sitting playing guitar I don't have any issues but certain movements are incredibly painful. Lifting my guitar strap over my head is one of them, as is reaching up or down to my amp controls to adjust them. I haven't tried opening a jam yet but I can imagine the noise i'd make if i tried to do it!

I'm pretty certain my guitar playing has done this. Has anyone else had it and can they recommend anything to help it get better quickly? I'd hate to have to stop playing until it goes away.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:47 PM   #2
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:50 PM   #3
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stop playing and go see a doctor. Listen to what he says until you can see a specialist if you don't like his diagnosis. Don't listen to anyone who isn't a doctor (except me)

You don't want this to become permanent so you need to take care of it right away
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:52 PM   #4
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sorry to hear that. you should see your doctor, I'm not a medical expert (not that I'm a guitar expert either, but that's beside the point ) and you really want to get professional advice just in case you're doing lasting harm to yourself. just in case.

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Old 02-13-2014, 03:30 PM   #5
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Ok guys, thanks for the input. I'll book an appointment tomorrow to see how this can be fixed.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:21 PM   #6
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I don't get why people think that unqualified people on the INTERNET will be able to help.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:12 PM   #7
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The doctors will more than likely prescribe you muscle relaxers without even going into what might have caused it and telling you how to stop it from happening again. When you see the doc watch how fast he pulls out the prescription pad when you start talking to him. It's one of the major signs of a bad doctor.

This has been my experience. But still worth it for the meds alone
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:19 PM   #8
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It's one of the major signs of a bad doctor.


Or you know, he/she might know what he/she is talking about.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:22 PM   #9
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Or you know, he/she might know what he/she is talking about.


So before you tell them whats wrong with you they are ready to prescribe medicine?

And you are OK with that.

WOW. Western medicine is a joke and the people will believe all sorts of shit.

Don't fix the problem just drug the people
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:45 PM   #10
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Who are you talking about exactly? What's the name of the Doctor that you're judging?

And the condition? What condition are you talking about?

And what medical school did you go to?

Exactly. How about you let him go to the Doctor without your ramblings filled in his head.

Western Medicine is a joke? Yea until you have HIV, or need urgent Thrombolytic Treatment, a Triple Bypass, Prosthesis or a VP Shunt or anything else that you know shit about.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:04 PM   #11
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lol, this will be a fun thread. As I mentionned in my earlier post, there's always the chance that the OP will be unsatisfied with the doctors diagnosis (which might be something like "take these pills and stop playing guitar") but if the US is anything like Canada, he'll need to see a general practicioner to get an appointment to a specialist who has a better chance of finding the root cause.

Therefore since he can't just play through the pain or reinvent western medecine, his first step must absolutely be to go see a general practicioner. He doesn't have to get doped up but he needs the script.

However, just to feed the fire, Cheesefries, you mention the problem with western medecine (whatever that means) but traditional asian medecine is so full of superstition that for every succesfull cases, there are thousands of deaths that could have been avoided had western medication been used instead of snorting powdered white rhino horns (and I'm sure the white rino would have something to say about this as well... if there were any left)
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:09 PM   #12
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Not from playing guitar, but I've experienced severe shoulder pain from bench pressing.


I had to stop playing for 1-2 weeks while it healed, or I'd just keep irritating it. Take it easy man, go to your appointment, I hope you feel better. It really hurts like a bitch, so get well soon.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:25 PM   #13
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^ And that's why I don't bench anymore.

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So before you tell them whats wrong with you they are ready to prescribe medicine?

And you are OK with that.

WOW. Western medicine is a joke and the people will believe all sorts of shit.

Don't fix the problem just drug the people

I have bursitis in both shoulders and a torn meniscus in my right knee. I've never taken pills or received injections for any of these problems. As for my meniscus, as soon it was diagnosed by MRI, I had surgery to repair it. Recovery took about 2 months and I wasn't truly pain-free in that knee until 6 months after that, but that was likely due to my lack of compliance with the post-surgical exercises. If this guy has some sort of rotator cuff or labral tear, then they'll probably end up doing some sort of arthroscopic surgery, but if it's just tendinitis, there's not much they can do except for anti-inflammatory meds or injections. To make broad generalizations solely on your personal experience is silly.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:34 AM   #14
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There are definitely problems with western medicine- overprescribing, suggesting you just stop doing something you love or going for the quick/cheap fix, big pharma etc. etc.- but that doesn't mean it's all bad, or that any other system (especially BS pseudo-scientific ones of which the vast majority, if not all, the alternatives are) is necessarily any better.

And yeah, not all doctors are good (just like not all *insert any professional*s are good), but I'd still take my chances with a qualified doctor over some quack. Sure, the qualified doctor might be iffy and maybe might as well be a quack in some very extreme cases, but that's better than going to someone who's pretty much guaranteed to be a quack.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:42 PM   #15
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Wow...

I spent a weekend away from this thread and it suddenly got a bit polemical.

First things first: I'm a girl. Not a major issue, but seemed polite to point this out. No offence taken btw.

I took a weekend off the guitar. Wasn't easy as it's the love of my life but it had to be done. I avoided the doctor in the end. I thought I'd give rest a go before going through any lengthy treatment or consultation process. 3 days later I was still having problems (occasionally i'd wake up and to lift my arm would make me wince) but seemed to be on the mend.

I sat down to my guitar and was very careful. I warmed up a bit first (literally. stuck a fan heater on and did some windmills with my arms) and took regular breaks. I also mixed up my practice schedule. Tried not to practice the same repetitive movements for too long. I think I found the root of my problem! The pain resurfaced when I lifted my arm up to press laptop keys. I do most of my practice using software to slow down songs so am regularly using my keyboard to highlight sections, slow down, loop etc.

I think I hurt myself by repetitive lifting my right arm up over my guitar. It's possible that i might have given myself a bit of RSI through my right hand technique. My left arm is a little bit sore too so the act of playing itself must have something to do with it. Operating my laptop with my left hand has helped a lot, as has taking off my strap (so i don't need to lift my right arm so often). Still going to try to take it a bit easier from now on though. I've learn't my lesson.

And Ps, not hoping to add fuel to the fire but yes, Western medicine has plenty of problems but i trust clinically trialed medicine far more than magic potions from a high street alternative medicine shop.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:43 PM   #16
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Oh, and thanks for your well wishes Johnturner. Feeling miles better.
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