#1
Ive been dealt a blow that I am finding hard to control.

I practice guitar excessively. Over the summer period I was doing 8 - 14 hours a day most days except the days where my friends would drag me off to do something. Over the christmas period I had a month off to practice again, this time only 6 hours a day because I have a wii to distract me now

The thing is though, December 2006 heralded the same injury and I was out of practice for 6 months. I did go to the doctor but she said it was probably a strained wrist and I should stop playing for 6 weeks. So I did. Then 6 weeks later I would practice again... Id feel the symptoms coming back.

Fast forward one year, December 2007. I go to the doctor and complain that my wrist has been acting up again. She initially brushes me off but Im convinced something is wrong. So she refers me to hospital.

After extensive nerve conduction tests it turns out I have nerve damage. Yay. To top it off, it could have been prevented if I was in a splint a year ago... Yay...

Ive been in this splint a whole week now and its nothing short of annoying. My guitar sits there calling me to play it and I have to resist, even though I have played twice this week for an hour or so.

None of my friends are sympathetic either. They come round and play the blasted thing which only makes me want to play more. Its annoying to the point of dispair!

Anyway, I have decided that there is only one thing for me to do. Study more. Study more for my degree and study more music theory (woot to 86% in my exams last semester).

The consultant at the hospital also said I might need an operation. FAT CHANCE. No one goes near my wrist with a sharp object... I dont care how many operations he has performed, one slip of the scalpel and I lose my fretting hand.



Anyway, how was your day?
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#3
That sucks. At least you have hands.

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#4
wow that really sucks. good luck recovering though
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#6
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That sucks. At least you have hands.



Yea that is the plus side, I still have my health and a home, and friends, and food... So why am I moaning :S

Reading that back I do sound a bit selfish..

Oh.... I ll give your hands back once Ive finished with them

>_>

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#7
my day was okay thanks. Maybe you could use your spare time to compose music, with a computer program if you're into that kind of thing
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#8
Thing is, if you DON'T get the surgery, if it's necesary, you won't be playing guitar either, because the damage is still there.

I had a problem in my left hand where some of the bones in my fingers were rubbing against each other, grinding them down. It f*cking hurt. If I hadn't had the surgery, there'd be no chance that I would be playing again.

Think about it.
#9
I'd get a better hold over yourself. If you like guitar that much (and 14 hours a day seems a bit OCD to me, but whatever) you need to stop completely for as long as it takes. Guitarist's careers are literally ended by RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) and it's caused, in the main, buy practising in long bursts. Wait until your wrist is fully healed, then STOP PRACTISING FOR 8 HOURS NON-STOP. Do it in short bursts, like and hour or two. Little and often. You'll thank me later, I promise.
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#10
That sucks man, but have you considered filing a big fat lawsuit for malpractice? You could get tons of money from it.
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Yea that is the plus side, I still have my health and a home, and friends, and food... So why am I moaning :S

Reading that back I do sound a bit selfish..

Oh.... I ll give your hands back once Ive finished with them

>_>

<_<


Yeah, I didn't think you'd take it so seriously when I offered you a hand.
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#13
Wow that blows, if i couldn't play guitar i would be incredibily pissed
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#14
Learn left handed guitar, damn you Pried too late haha :P
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#16
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Maybe learn to play left handed?


then his picking hand would have nerve damage


serves you right. i love my axes too, but 14 hours a day for more than 2 weeks is way too excessive.
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I'd get a better hold over yourself. If you like guitar that much (and 14 hours a day seems a bit OCD to me, but whatever) you need to stop completely for as long as it takes. Guitarist's careers are literally ended by RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) and it's caused, in the main, buy practising in long bursts. Wait until your wrist is fully healed, then STOP PRACTISING FOR 8 HOURS NON-STOP. Do it in short bursts, like and hour or two. Little and often. You'll thank me later, I promise.



I practice (well used to) for an hour then take a 15 minute break..

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Thing is, if you DON'T get the surgery, if it's necesary, you won't be playing guitar either, because the damage is still there.

I had a problem in my left hand where some of the bones in my fingers were rubbing against each other, grinding them down. It f*cking hurt. If I hadn't had the surgery, there'd be no chance that I would be playing again.

Think about it.


Im bloody scared of hospitals. I'll probably take the operation when Ive gone through it with the consultant because I dont want to be like this forever.
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#18
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Yeah, I didn't think you'd take it so seriously when I offered you a hand.





... You should go through surgery, really. It's better in the long run.
#19
Once again I say you should file a big fat malpractice lawsuit against your doctor.
#20
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Once again I say you should file a big fat malpractice lawsuit against your doctor.


... I would but I would have to do it on several things:

-Mis diagnosing me three times when I had a serious nasal and throat infection that meant I had to leave university for 3 months. I had to leave because I was too sick to sit exams and the university decided it was in my favour to re sit the year.

-Mis diagnosis of my hand in December 2006.

-Mis diagnosis of a simple throat infection as HIV and I had 3 un necessary HIV tests last year.

I would take them to court but:

-I dont have the money

-I dont have the time

-And I dont really want monetary compensation.. I want my time back, but since I cant get that time back, there is no point.

(Plus they did help me get better in the end and Im not one to bite the hand that eventually healed me).

Oh and the nurse was hot


Edit:

Only one person has answered the question... Im guessing the rest of you posters had a bad day.
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#21
First of all, where is the pain? I had pain in my wrist, kinda on the side with pain moving my thumb. Go see a hand doctor.
I had a case of tendonitis a in Oct 2006, I rested it tried creams, pain reliever, etc. Squat.
I went a hand doctor got a cortizone shot in Dec. 2006,no issues since. Google this: DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis. The hand told me if the shot did not work, i might need surgery. He told me it takes about 10 minutes. The surgery opens up the pathway for the tendons.

Hope this helps.

FYI on this:
The consultant at the hospital also said I might need an operation. FAT CHANCE. No one goes near my wrist with a sharp object... I dont care how many operations he has performed, one slip of the scalpel and I lose my fretting hand.

You need to growup. You sound like a little kid with a comment like this

BTW - You need to come to the US to see a REAL doctor. Obviously you need to see a specialist.
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#22
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FYI on this:
The consultant at the hospital also said I might need an operation. FAT CHANCE. No one goes near my wrist with a sharp object... I dont care how many operations he has performed, one slip of the scalpel and I lose my fretting hand.

You need to growup. You sound like a little kid with a comment like this


I need to grow up...

Right. Noted.

I only said that because the last time I went into a hospital for a routine and simple operation I came out with a nice ear infection and I have lost hearing in my right ear...

I was 12... And it was in Cyprus but my fear has still maintained.
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#23
Open tuning and a "slide splint"
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#24
Please read last part of my post.
Seriously dude, I really don't know how things are in Europe, but you should see a hand specialist. Where is the pain? I did a lot of research for a couple of months when I had my issue.

I really am trying to help.
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Edit:

Only one person has answered the question... Im guessing the rest of you posters had a bad day.


I've had a pretty ****ty week to be quite honest with you. My mum nearly died on the operating table on Thursday and I wasn't there to see her.

Bet that makes you love hospitals more.
#28
The surgery i am talking about is and outpatient surgery. He does it in his office. No hospital.
#29
I wish I could practice for 14 hours a day. I barely make 14 hours a week Motivation is gay.
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#30
Quote by Guitardude19

-And I dont really want monetary compensation.. I want my time back, but since I cant get that time back, there is no point.


That's why you say "my quality of life has declined" and you get money - Don't you have those "I don't get paid until you get paid" lawyers in England?

And why are you so interested in what my day was like? Who are you? Who do you work for!?

Anyway...paranoia aside, I need to do like 2hrs of theory homework and read a whole bunch of post-modern poetry. But overall I'll rate my day as a 7/10.
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#31
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I've had a pretty ****ty week to be quite honest with you. My mum nearly died on the operating table on Thursday and I wasn't there to see her.

Bet that makes you love hospitals more.


I cant even imagine how that must feel, not to be able to be there for your mother. I know I wouldnt handle it well since me and my mother are close. The closest Ive ever been to that type of situation is when my grandfather died of a brain tumour and I couldnt fly out to see him. We werent close but it still hurt.

I just dont like hospitals. I do apprieciate the work they do... I just dont like it being done on me. Phobia if you will.

I hope everything gets better.

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That's why you say "my quality of life has declined" and you get money - Don't you have those "I don't get paid until you get paid" lawyers in England?

And why are you so interested in what my day was like? Who are you? Who do you work for!?

Anyway...paranoia aside, I need to do like 2hrs of theory homework and read a whole bunch of post-modern poetry. But overall I'll rate my day as a 7/10.



Im an FBI agent looking for child molesters. Im waiting for slip up...

I mean... I need to have a point to the thread

>_>

<_<

Im watching you.
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#33
Here are some things you could do-

Go pick up random CD's at a music shop and listen to as many different styles of guitar playing as possible.

Read up on different techniques.

Get a job, and save up a bunch of money for a fancy new guitar.

Pass the time by partying with friends and drinking.

Go to concerts.

By the time your hand heals, you will have a lot of new ideas to try on guitar. I actually take breaks from playing every once in a while just so it will be fresh and interesting. I also like to switch up styles and try different genres.

Good luck with everything!
#34
Quote by elementwood89
Here are some things you could do-

Go pick up random CD's at a music shop and listen to as many different styles of guitar playing as possible.

Read up on different techniques.

Get a job, and save up a bunch of money for a fancy new guitar.

Pass the time by partying with friends and drinking.

Go to concerts.

By the time your hand heals, you will have a lot of new ideas to try on guitar. I actually take breaks from playing every once in a while just so it will be fresh and interesting. I also like to switch up styles and try different genres.

Good luck with everything!



Cheers those all sound like very good ideas. I ll be sure to use them... Except the job one. I dont have the time for a job... Might get one just for the lulz though... Even though it will cut into study time a lot.

(9 - 5 most days and a few 9 - 6's to really take the piss on top of a 2 - 4 hr a night revision/study fest).
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