#1
Hello The Pit

Well I have what I have feared the most. It began Friday two weeks ago my left wrist started feeling weak and weird, I got high the next day and I felt pins and needles shoot up from my ring and pinky towards my elbow.

I had to play a gig the next day and since then I spoke to my GP who said I have tendinitis and for me to give up guitar for one week in addition to taking anti-inflammateries. I haven't touched my guitar since Sunday 10/11/13 with the exception of two days ago where I had a go for 2 minutes.

I feel the doctor wasn't arsed even though I voiced my concerns as a musician I feel I should be doing some kind of exercise alongside this to speed up recovery, I am completely lost. Anybody any advice, stories anything please!!!!!!!


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#2
have a proper warm up every time you play. there's nothing more that you can do really
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#3
maybe it's actually arthritis

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How come? A little more info would be helpful like.
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Well, I was playing one day and got a sharp pain in my wrist. Subsequently every time I've ever picked up a guitar it hurts to play.

You're not the only one it hurts
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Ooooooh, burn. I was actually on my way to being very good though.

Sorry I'm sure you have much merit as a guitarist
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#10
PLEASE READ THIS!!

I am not doctor but I´ve had tendonitis in my right arm......ice and rest...took about 2-3 weeks. Had a huge bump on the top of my forearm close to my wrist and hurt like a bitch!!...this came from overdueing it when starting a new band

I have also had tennis elbow in my left.....my pinky and my ring finger would fall asleep and leave me with pins and needles.....sounds alot more like your situation.

Even if it´s not tennis elbow there is absolutelly no harm in doing the same as I was told. Before I was able to get a brace my physio told me to wrap a smaller towel or pillow case around my elbow, not too tightly, before bedtime....and sleep with my arm hanging over the edge of the bed resting on a pillow. This keeps your arm straight and will help put relief on your ulanaris-nerve (the nerve that goes from your neck via your elbow through your wrist and out to your pinky and ring finger). You can also switch between ice packs and heat packs on your elbow to help stop swelling

Keep up with the meds, rest your arm cause whether or not it´s tendonitis or tennis elbow you do not want to aggitate the inflamation and it should take 2-3 weeks until you notice a difference.....if not go back to your doctor

+light stretches and correct posture really don´t hurt either
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#11
Quote by ChucklesMginty
Well, I was playing one day and got a sharp pain in my wrist. Subsequently every time I've ever picked up a guitar it hurts to play.

Now I can maybe play a little longer, but it will always happen after a while and hurt well into the next day all down my arm up to my elbow.

Now I did screw up by playing through to pain for a long time, but I can't say for sure how much difference this has made.


pinched nerve in your neck or shoulder?....I have the same issue...turns out my posture, shoulder injury and to much lifting at work screwed up a disc...which screws with my nerves.....I can now move my fingers and wrist again but I can´t seem to lift my left arm
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#12
Here's what my bassist did... Wear a wrist brace (like the ones bowlers use) that immobilizes your wrist while you sleep or when you get pain outside of guitar playing. This keeps strain down on your wrist. Many people sleep with their wrist contorted especially those who sleep on their stomach and that cuts off circulation. Next strengthen the ligaments and muscles by using a stress ball BUT DON'T STRAIN. Only do light stuff. Also take a small weight like a one pound dumbbell type thing and let your arm hand then twist your arm and let the weight kind of guide you. Finally when you are done all of your stretching and strengthening exercises ice your wrist for NO MORE than 10 minutes. The skin is thin and the ligaments and muscles are close to the surface so icing it longer could actually be damaging because it is bad for the circulation. If this doesn't fix things entirely you could try lighter gauge strings and and lower action on the guitar it isn't a cure all but it will lighten the tension and cause your strain to be lesser given you aren't straining via poor technique to begin with.
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#13
Very likely a RSI.
Properly stretching before even touching your guitar is important once you have this.

Just like you'd stretch before a heavy workout, you need to stretch your muscles for playing guitar, which is VERY demanding of your forearm muscles.

I do wrist stretches every time before I play because I ended up getting tendonitis in my right forearm pretty badly. I also do them randomly throughout the day
http://longevity.about.com/od/longevitytools/a/stretch_rsi.htm

Since I've started the stretches I very rarely have to deal with any problems.
#14
All of the above seem to be great suggestions, I think the main thing is to give it some rest. I'd also recommend that once you get back to playing again you should focus on your technique. You need to practice staying as relaxed as possible and using the least amount of effort needed to press down the strings. This is not only necessary to avoid injury, it'll improve your playing as well.
#16
Ice it, restrain it and gently exercise it, take anti-inflammatory drugs regularly. If it starts to hurt stop, and rest it raised up.

I have tendonitis in my wrist and thumb so i know how to control it. Also if you want ask for a referral to your local hospital's physiotherapy/occupation therapy department or see if you can self refer so an expert can take a look. They'll be able to do tests and even give you some decent home exercises you can do.
#17
Hi, I've had similar problems in the past and want to share my experiences.

A few summers ago I started having stiffness and the "pins and needles" feeling in my left wrist. I took some time off playing, wore a wrist brace, and things got better. Started playing again and the discomfort came back.

I was about to see a doctor when my parents suggested I see a chiropractor. I figured it couldn't hurt, so I gave it a shot. Chiropractics, at it's most basic, argues that misalignments in the spine can cause health problems.

When I went, they did a scan of my spine and found that it was misaligned in my neck, and the misalignment corresponds with the nerves that run all the way from the neck to the hand; the problem was in my neck, not my wrist.

Over the past few months I've seen a steady improvement and my wrist is feeling much better. I can't say that what worked for me will work for you, but it might.

That in mind, I think there's a few other things you can try:

1) Warm up, slowly. Work on scales or a basic technique. Take frequent, short (10 second) breaks and just relax your whole body and stretch out your arm.

2) If you play standing, consider raising your strap.

3) If you play sitting, consider switching to classical posture (with a footstool). It keeps the wrist straighter.

4) Take short breaks in your practice sessions. Get up, walk around, stretch out.

5) And most importantly, if it hurts, STOP! Listen to your doctor and take a few weeks off to heal. Use the time to work on your theory or ear training.

I hope these suggestions help!
#18
Tendonitis wouldn't make you feel pins and needles but anyway.

I have/had it in my knee. There's not much you can do outside of resting and icing it. NSAIDs will help but they're not a cure and shouldn't be taken for more than a few days at a time. The other option is dry needling which really helped me but I dunno how effective it'd be for an elbow or wrist.
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#20
there's a pretty quick fix for that

see, first we have: tendonitis

then, we subtract from both sides: tendonitis - itis = 0 - itis

which leaves you with: tendon = -itis

so scientifically, your tendon now actually has negative itis. depending on the amount of itis you had to begin with in the equation, you may gain significantly more tendon potential than you had before.

hope this helped.
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Can somebody here tell me how my hand posture is? I am completely self taught and have no idea if this is wrong or not. My arm is still feeling ****ed like.


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there's a pretty quick fix for that

see, first we have: tendonitis

then, we subtract from both sides: tendonitis - itis = 0 - itis

which leaves you with: tendon = -itis

so scientifically, your tendon now actually has negative itis. depending on the amount of itis you had to begin with in the equation, you may gain significantly more tendon potential than you had before.

hope this helped.



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it's okay TS, I had carpal tunnel for a couple of weeks. Kept right on playing guitar, wore a brace when I wasn't and did some carpal tunnel exercises and I was just fine.
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