#1
last year i sprained my wrist or something (xrays showed nothing, no sprain was obvious) doctors didnt help, was bad for bout 6 months before it suddenly came good. the pain were always in the same spot, the side that doesnt have the thumb on it.. the join where the tendon or w/e it is, is.

i started playing guitar about 5 months ago now, and other than the previous 2 weeks have been having a blast. however, my wrist has gone bad again thus no playing for the past two weeks. but my wrist is still bad.

im just curious as to if anyone knows if i should continue guitaring for the moment, leave it another week, possibly see a doctor again, just play or try something else (like bass which doesnt nesecarily need picking)?

cheers
#2
How did you sprain (or whatever) it? From the basic description it just sounds like sth that will go away if you continue using it - but with caution
#3
What caused the sprain? It could be a pinched nerve or some other type or nerve damage.
#4
it sounds like you've damaged a tendon. I wouldnt play rhythm for a while, you could cause further damage. you should be ok if you anchor your hand and play lead though.
#5
this is what was so odd last year when i first saw the doctor. other than the odd fall or catch or something i dont know what had caused it.

can someone explain a pinched nerve further or shall i google it? that may be it as its always that side.
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#6
I personally would go to a doctor (preferably a different one to the one who did nothing last time) and get it checked out. You don't wanna end up screwing up your wrist for good. If it is a pinched nerve they may lead to other things like Carpal Tunnel, but I imagine it really depends on each individual circumstance. I know that pinched nerves often have symptoms like numbness in the area or a weird pins and needles sort of feeling, so if you've had either of them, get it checked out. Hell...even if you haven't I'd get it looked at anyway.
#7
how high or low do u play ur guitar
wen i started playing mine low myw rist hurt for ages

if u play low raise ur guitar and see if that helps
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#8
My physio tells me

USE IT OR LOOSE IT

If your pain lasted 6 months, its probably something to do with damaged cartilage or ligaments. These damages will not show on an x-ray, so go back to a physio and get a ligament scan, shows if any are broken etc.

If it was constant for 6 months it's probably a growing thing, depends on your age. Also there is something called Osgoods Schlatter's disease, is when ligaments tug at the bone and pull it away. I have this on my knee atm, very painfull indeed, but you will know if you have it or are starting to get it when a tender lump develops.

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#9
^ Yeah, I agree. You should definitely go and see another expert and rule out every possibility.

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#10
I'd stop for a while and go see someone, like everyone else said. But don't play bass, doing fingerstyle on huge thick strings will kill your wrists a hell of a lot more quickly than using a pick on a guitar with measly little strings will...
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#11
i hope for your sake its not your w@nking hand, nothing worse than being forced to use the wrong one, its just not the same
#12

Dammit man, stay on topic! This isn't the pit.

I'd get it checked out, and avoid fingerpicking/ thick strings (bass). Also tremolo picking may be a bad idea?

*edit* Try learning some legato techniques maybe? Trills, maybe 2-hand tapping?