#1
Hello there!

I have played guitar for over 5 months now. I really enjoy playing it, its the best experience i ever had in my life and it gives me new perspective of life and future dreams. But everything has to end and right now i think i have to give up my music. Right now im feeling like doing a backflip from my 5'th floor balcony. My left hand's ring finger joint hurts so much that i cant even press strings down. The pain started first i got the guitar, so it have lasted 5 months now. The pain wasn't so big back then (probably because i didnt use this finger so much) but now i just cannot play guitar. My doctor is a complete dick and will do nothing about it "put this gel on your finger, take these medicines".

So all you fellow guitarists, what to do? Is there a any CHANCE for me that i can play guitar again or i just have to make the flip thing happen?
Last edited by Flegmatica at Jan 20, 2009,
#2
Quote by Flegmatica
Hello there!

I have played guitar for over 5 months now. I really enjoy playing it, its the best experience i ever had in my life and it gives me new perspective of life and future dreams. But everything has to end and right now i think i have to give up my music. Right now im feeling like doing a backflip from my 5'th floor balcony. My left hand's ring finger hurts so much that i cant even press strings down. The pain started first i got the guitar, so it have lasted 5 months now. The pain wasn't so big back then (probably because i didnt use this finger so much) but now i just cannot play guitar. My doctor is a complete dick and will do nothing about it "put this gel on your finger, take these medicines".

So all you fellow guitarists, what to do? Is there a any CHANCE for me that i can play guitar again or i just have to make the flip thing happen?


firstly, what do you expect the doctor to do, preform surgery?

Second, the pain will go away with time, you don't have to give up guitar completely forever,

third, backflip wat?
#4
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Go to another doctor, get a second opinion.


this. if you live in a small town, the doctors are usually crap
#5
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Go to another doctor, get a second opinion.


+1

if you give up on guitar for years just to find out it was just a nasty sprain you'll do a double back flip of a 10th floor window.
#6
Might sound alarmist, but I quite seriously think you might have mild arthritis.

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#7
rest is the best medicine in this case. if the pain persists or gets worse in a few days go to another doctor
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#8
Quitter!!!!

Seriously, every guitarist starts like what you are experiencing right now. I still remember the pain my guitar cost me.
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#9
Wait and see if your finger heals, or learn to play a left handed guitar, if it means that much to you then you have no other choice.
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#10
If its your fingertips, stop being a whimp and give them a chance to toughen up. If your finger itself hurts, look at your technique - if it hurts that bad you're probably doing something wrong.
#11
Your fingers probably still need to toughen up more. If I recall, my fingertips didn't turn into "turtle shells" until I had been playing heavily for a few years. Just take a week long break at max, don't give up just because of finger pain. Everyone goes through it.
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rest is the best medicine in this case. if the pain persists or gets worse in a few days go to another doctor

Yes, i tryed that, pain was gone, but when i started to play guitar again then it started to hurt again.

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Quitter!!!!

Dont ever call me Quitter! I cry from pain while playing guitar, and right now i can barely move my finger without huge amount of pain. If i were quitter i wouldn't make this thread here and have quitted guitar in first time.
#13
Man up and keep practicing thats all there is too it. 5 months your fingers should hurt, your new to guitar and your not used to it thats all there is too it.
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Man up and keep practicing thats all there is too it. 5 months your fingers should hurt, your new to guitar and your not used to it thats all there is too it.


All my other fingers are fine...
#15
Guys, I don't think he means "I don't have calluses, waah!!" pain, I think it's actually like he's got something literally wrong with his hand. Go to a doctor that doesn't suck.
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Yes, i tryed that, pain was gone, but when i started to play guitar again then it started to hurt again.


Dont ever call me Quitter! I cry from pain while playing guitar, and right now i can barely move my finger without huge amount of pain. If i were quitter i wouldn't make this thread here and have quitted guitar in first time.


You could always quit after making this thread. And you said it yourself in the first post.
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Just out of curiosity, what is your guitar and how high is the action? What kind and what gauge of strings do you use? and how thick is the neck of your guitar?
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Just out of curiosity, what is your guitar and how high is the action? What kind and what gauge of strings do you use? and how thick is the neck of your guitar?


Stagg S300, strings are 009 - 042. I play guitar sometimes 1-2 hours per day, sometimes 10 - all night long. So its varies. But mostly like 5 hours.
#18
Take a month off.

Rest your hand as much as possible and then when the strain/sprain, fracture or whatever is wrong has healed you'll be good to go.

Pain is you bodies way of telling you somethings wrong. Fair enough, a little bit pain (ie mild tenderness) is probably acceptable but if makes you cry then thats something quite obviously serious.

You wouldn't go running if your leg/ankle hurt enough to make you cry so playing guitar for 5 hours with an injured finger like that is just plain stupid.
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Take a month off.

Rest your hand as much as possible and then when the strain/sprain, fracture or whatever is wrong has healed you'll be good to go.

Pain is you bodies way of telling you somethings wrong. Fair enough, a little bit pain (ie mild tenderness) is probably acceptable but if makes you cry then thats something quite obviously serious.

You wouldn't go running if your leg/ankle hurt enough to make you cry so playing guitar for 5 hours with an injured finger like that is just plain stupid.


This. It sounds like a sprain or (at the extreme end of the possibility scale) tendonitis. Don't play through the pain, like ^ says, it means bad **** is going down. Wait until your finger is comfortable or it will just get worse.
When you go back make sure there isn't any more pain, and possibly look at your technique like someone said. Try not to strain your fingers so much in the future. Build up the muscle or you'll end up buggering them (again).
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If its your fingertips, stop being a whimp and give them a chance to toughen up. If your finger itself hurts, look at your technique - if it hurts that bad you're probably doing something wrong.


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#21
Cut the bad finger off. Why do you think God gave us four on each hand? Obviously so we can dispose of the ones that don't work.

Anyway, take a week or two off. I had a pain going through my entire arm when I was starting. Took about a month for it to go away... because I cut it off... Who needs two arms anyway? I play with my feet now.
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Cut the bad finger off. Why do you think God gave us four on each hand? Obviously so we can dispose of the ones that don't work.

Anyway, take a week or two off. I had a pain going through my entire arm when I was starting. Took about a month for it to go away... because I cut it off... Who needs two arms anyway? I play with my feet now.


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#23
It's finger pain, not cancer.

Go and see a doctor, ask about rheumatoid arthritis. End. UG isn't the place for medical advice.
#24
Good grief, you've been playing 5 months and you practice up to 10 hours a day. Of course it hurts. You're constantly tearing muscles stretching ligaments and tendons and pressing into soft tissues.
We all have bits of our body that are stronger than others and you have obviously stressed a joint a little too often. Ease up a little.
You may have arthritis in this joint if the guitar means that much see a more sympathetic doctor, maybe look for a specialist ( If you live in the UK just ask your GP).
Does the joint swell? Sometimes the swelling does as much damage as the stress on the joint. Take an anti inflammatory 30 mins before starting practice or when it is swollen (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) Don't exceed the dose though and not too often.
Most RSI's are made worse by poor technique. one of my fretting fingers tends to bend back at the second joint. you can train yourself not to do this.
Have a look at your practice, could you learn as much in a shorter time by organising things better. UG has lots of tips on practice in its lessons and articles. Read them.

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#25
Guys, its his hand that hurts, not his fingertips, so i doubt callous has anything to do with it,
to TS, dont be too sensitive to what people say here, just be thankful you didnt ask the pit.

get a 2nd opinion about your hand (if possible) it might just be a small sprain or something, UG is not a doctor so we cant dont anything other than small advice and flame you.

5 hours? take a month or even a 5 months off from playing guitar, when you just started playing guitar you shouldnt play that much, your fingers arent used to moving around up and down so quickly, this takes lots of discipline, but its better than never playing guitar again.

Or if you really want to play do what Tony did, switch to lefty (or righty if you're left already), it may be hard and be painful to your fingertips but its better than quitting guitar.

good luck dude.
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#26
The same thing happened to me when I first started playing bass before guitar. Doctor really didn't do anything (Army doctors, eh) so I just layed off for 4 months before I picked it up again. It totally sucked, but the pain had gone away. Another doctor may help, or you should just take it easy and rest a while.
#27
how are you typing?
Anyway, go get a second opinion. Lay off 10 hour practices for a couple months, you're not Eric Clapton. Also cut out the self-pity, it's pathetic.
#28
My advice is for you to take a lesson or two from a qualified teacher. The kind of pain you're describing is not normal in guitar playing. I'm no doctor, but it sounds (in my very unprofessional opinion) like you might be suffering from a repetitive stress injury of some kind. A teacher could evaluate your technique and tell you if you're putting unnecessary strain on your hands.
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#29
Mate dont listen to those calling you a quitter, the pain you're describing isnt the type of pain most begginers get it sounds alot worst.

Definately go to another doctor, you need to kick up a real fuss about it, if they feel its not affecting you much they wont do much.
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#30
keep playing,

if medicines dont fix it and continuing playing doesnt fix it consider going to a chiropractor, i went to one because of migraines and i came out with better hearing, no migraines, and they did something to my hands and now i can play much faster with less stress on my fretting hand.


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#31
Take a break from playing,I've had this problem over the years due to sprains, hiper-extensions and the worse was the loss of part of one finger. you need to give it time to heal and then work back into your playing scedual. Don't give up on playing but you have to take care of your hands or it could become serious.
#32
Stop playing, start researching proper hand technique. If you do anything that feels uncomfortable to the point of unnatural, you're probably not doing it right. Work on technique. Playing any almost instrument incorrectly can lead to harm, believe it or not. Don't push yourself to practice so much. Hope that helps.
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#33
Rest your hand for a few days. Not to get you scared but you can get serious injuries.
After it passes, remember always to warm up before you start playing, cause there are many cause in which guitarists got permanent injuries by not warming up and resting if they over did their practicing. So for now, take a few days of and don't play and after that always warm up.
#34
Quote by Flegmatica
or i just have to make the flip thing happen?

Well with the ammount of common sense you have your bound get killed from something stupid in the future anyway. So you should take the backflipping of a balcony option btw can you even do a backflip?
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