Aging and playing guitar, injuries

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  1. mkayers

    mkayers New Member

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    Tennis elbow has been killing me all of a sudden in my left elbow too. I'm 53 & at a computer all day.
     
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  2. sweepsrost

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    I sit at a desk or laptop on my laptop 8 hours a day. It wasnt that bad until I hurt my neck swimming last august. Just doing laps in the pool and turning my neck to breath apparently pinched a nerve in my neck and the next day i could barely move my arms. SPiders running up and down. It went away after a few days and I went to a specialist. Ive had 2 rounds of injections and as I said had to stop working out, muay thai etc. The injections helped for a month after but it creeps back in. Now I try to keep my traps relaxed and nt sit at a desk as much as possible. I cant quit my job so I have to find a way around all of this. Relaxation, CBD, Chiropractic and light strings. Age is a bitch!
     
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    Ive had carpal tunnel surgery in both wrists and despite a little looser feeling Im back to normal there I guess. Had I known the real issue was my neck I wouldnt had done it.
     
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    I agree it a combo of IT and life. I had tingling in my forearms about 2 years ago. My doc said CT and I got one arm at a time done over the summer. I later found out it was in my neck and as I just posted, It was worsened by swimming a year later. They explained had I had my neck xray it would have shown the compressing the disc. The tingling in my arms wasnt in my hands but went wrist to elbow. ANyway after that I used the ergo keyboard for a while. For me its the shrugging i tend to do.
     
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    I just ordered some Ernie Ball 9.5 to try.
     
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    TXOldRedRocker Well-Blown Member* Gold Supporting Member

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    I was stricken with a severe form of autoimmune arthritis years ago, that's now in remission. But it left me with damaged joints. My hands and feet were affected the most, as well as my elbows, knees, shoulders and hips.

    I use Accupuncture and Aleve to keep pain and swelling under control the best I can. I'm a 2 handicap golfer as well as musician. My golfer's elbow was so bad I couldn't grip a glass of water or turn a door knob. My Rheumatologist said my elbow pain was rooted in my hands and wrists. I started sleeping with wrist braces, the ones with aluminum strips embedded. Within a week, 90% of my elbow pain was gone. So I sleep with wrist braces every night. If I skip, my hands, wrists and elbows feel worse.

    The Accupuncture is great. I still have some discomfort in my hands from guitar and golf, but it's under control. My knees and feet, which used to really hurt a lot have little to no pain at all as long as I continue with treatments every 2 to 3 weeks.

    I have 3 stories of amazing results of Accupuncture that led me to start it. I highly recommend it. BUT.... you have to find a real expert. I believe only 2 in 10 Accupuncturists actually know what he/she is doing.
     
  7. JimiRules

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    I'm in my early 40's and starting a couple years ago that I started getting pain on the top of my left wrist and sometimes my fingers would lock up during solos. One time my index finger even did the "trigger finger" thing, and it took a few minutes to go away.

    I started wearing an ace wrist wrap when playing and making sure I was good and warmed up before playing, as well as putting some of the more complex solos toward the end of the night so I was good and warm.

    I really haven't had any trouble since doing that.
     
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  8. Andy79

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    A year ago at age 40 I got sudden swelling in my fretting hand index finger which stopped me playing. It went away for a few months then came back worse - swelling at the base of the finger and later a lump on the tendon. Had x ray and ultrasound scans, Hand surgeon thinks it’s trigger finger. Recently had a steroid injection for it, but has not worked at all. Waiting to go back, may be offered a repeat injection, or surgery.

    I do a desk job but use my fretting hand very little at work. Have always done DIY Gardening car maintenance etc as well as guitar, so maybe a combination of these things has caused it (and genetics possibly)

    Sick of playing using only 3 fingers, need to get back to normal!

    Look after yourselves.
     
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    I'm 60, and have had 2 TIAs. I made a quick recovery after the first with not noticeable issues in my limbs. The second, 6 years ago, left me with numbness and weakness in my left extremities. I have to be more meticulous when fretting, and my hand muscles get sore after playing for extended periods of time.
     
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  10. ricksdisconnected

    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    anybody here had a rotator cuff injury?
     
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    I was really never that good at playing guitar anyway; still not; and I pretty much just play for my own enjoyment, so I guess I really just don't have this issue. I'm no good anyway, so it doesn't affect me.

    :coffee:
     
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    Sounds very much like issues I had some years back. The doctor couldn't figure it out.

    A post on a forum on the internet saved me. This guy had cured him self and so did I after reading about it.

    Turned out to be the way I placed my arms during sleep. I used to position the arms so I blocked the bloodstream!
    I had the problem in both arms because several times during the night I would wake up feeling uncomfortable, just to turn around and lay on the other arm... until I woke up again and switched.

    After being aware of this, I try to position my self so the blood can run freely in both arms all through the night. It took me less than a week to get rid of the pain. I'm 60...
     
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  13. G the wildman

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    yup, but as you know Rick, A gentleman does not discuss his ailments.

    G
     
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    I was having a hard time with my left elbow. Been hurting for about 6 months. Anyways I looked up some stretches online and was doing them a week or so ago and my elbow made a pop noise and now its good. Apparently I wrenched something out of place.
     
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    well damn it man. anybody else know anything about rotator cuff stuff?
     
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    Ive had a couple friends and my dad had surgery to fix them but I dont really know much myself. Im sure someone will pop in its pretty common.
     
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    Three full thickness tears in 2015.

    Surgury 1 July.

    Pain, can’t lift arm above shoulder?
     
  18. Andy79

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    Possibly, had some pain in that area years ago, got a book on the subject that had stretches and special dumbbell exercises to treat it, basically to strengthen the tiny muscles in the rotator cuff that hold the joint together. Worked for me, I’ll try and find the book title.
     
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    that will work.
    im guessing everything got back to normal?
    if anything do you remember the exercises?
     
  20. Andy79

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    Yeah it took a few months but not had a problem with it since. I should really get back to doing the stretches again as they increase flexibility.

    Just found the
    Book - ‘Treat Your Own Rotator cuff’ by Jim Johnson, PT.
     

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