#1
Hope this is in the right forum chaps.

I have a recurrent issue affecting my left (right to a much, much lesser extent) that occurs whenever I do certain activitities, specifically guitar and typing.

It started about 4 years ago and lasted for a year until some physiotherapy made it go away. Since then I have 'managed' it by simply not playing/typing but I've really missed playing and have picked up again recently. I basically have forearm pain around the wrist and elbow pain.

I'm having no joy from doctors (God bless the NHS) and I think it could be anything from thoracic outlet syndrome, cubital/carpal tunnel or even a muscular/tendon issue. The only thing I do know is that if I stopped playing completely and stretched out as advised by the physio, it would go away pretty much back to normal within a few weeks to a month or so but when I start playing again, it comes back.

Anyone with any vaguely similar experience?
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#2
Sounds like it could be repetitive strain injury to me. I had RSI a while ago, simply taking it easy on guitar, and working your back up, keeping an eye on your technique is how I got rid of mine. However, if your isn't RSI then I have no idea, sorry.
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#3
I thought it could be RSI as it started in my first job out of University when I was basically at a desk, playing guitar/xbox or sleeping.

However, after I got things back to normal I felt a bit of discomfort as soon as I picked up a guitar even just playing Tool riffs and the like. I think it could be potentially an overuse injury and I've just reinjured by warming up properly or something but there are so many conflicting symptoms I cant be sure.
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#4
I would suggest cutting back on masturbation.

Seriously, you might want to try stretching your hands/wrists before playing. I always do. It only takes 30 seconds.
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#5
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I would suggest cutting back on masturbation.


Never.

Seriously though, I do stretch. I stretch the nerves of the arm, the wrist, the fingers, the shoulders and neck....

I think that's helping to manage a bit but not enough to be totally symptom free.
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Pacifica 604w, Hohner G3T, PRS SE Soapbar I, Schecter Ultra I
Fender 'evil' Twin, Marshall 2554 combo