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Guitar or Music Related Injuries and Inconveniences

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Restless Native, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. Restless Native

    Restless Native TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Silly idea I know. I haven’t played for a month or so, so callouses are being built up again. However I now have to type one fingered on touch screens (iPads, iPhones, etc) as the screens don’t register the callouses.

    e.g., thi I m tying o typ uing both hn (“this is me trying to type using both hands”; “both” only showed up thanks to autocorrect).

    Tell me about your injuries/inconveniences and funny stories...
     
  2. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    There's something wrong with your iPad.
     
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  3. raito

    raito Poster Extraordinaire

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    Probably not. I have the same problem with touchscreens.
     
  4. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    I haven't had any issues with touchscreens and calluses.

    A few years ago I had a minor stroke that reduced some dexterity and caused pain in my hands. So, I switched over to playing more slide.
     
  5. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    Just your basic hand cramps and sting ends under the the fingernails and eyeballs
     
  6. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    I'm really paying for this mistake, big time. When I wear a certain kind of slipper when I play sitting down at home, I apparently raise my right leg slightly by doing a sort of seated, one-legged en pointe. Because my worst nerve damage is in the feet and lower legs, I don't alway feel everything that is going on, especially involving proprioception. Both my doc and I started noticing that my second toe has been getting a callus, and wondered why. I think I know.

    The problem is that this is one of the few times that my nerve pain has been triggered by a physical action. Generally, almost nothing that I do to my legs and feet has any effect on the onset, severity, duration, and "shape" of the pain that I feel. But this toe seems to be the center of the pain activity. It is not an external, physical type of pain. Nothing I do can modulate it in any way. Sometimes the pain moves to a different toe on the same foot, or to a toe on the other foot.

    This is all I got. I love the feel and sound of my guitar. When other types of pain are distracting me, I'll play some blues. I'm noticing how some of my ideas or licks have a nice physical feel, with a pleasant shift in balance or a rock of the wrist in a bend. I guess this means that some of my blues playing involves licks that give me physical pleasure in the hands. I'll bet this is true for everyone, at some point.
     
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  7. WireLine

    WireLine Tele-Afflicted

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    Carpal tunnel used to affect my left hand until I repositioned...
     
  8. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    My guitar playing related issues are not caused by my playing but the result of damage done that affects my playing. I used the word "damage" very deliberately. Some might categorize a couple of issues as illness related, but I know that the "illnesses" (diabetes and heart issues) are the result of damage done to my body due to poor diet and lack of exercise. Perhaps my main issues/injuries should be the subject of a different thread.

    What probably fits this thread is my issues with carpel tunnel. I have not had it diagnosed as CT, but I'm convinced that's what it is. The sensation I feel (right hand) is in that location on my wrist. In addition to a "pain" (that may be too strong a word for it, but...) there, I tend to lose feeling in my fingers, particularly the middle and ring fingers, or so it seems to me.
     
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    LocoTex Tele-Afflicted

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    Pain to my butt from kicking it because I don't play enough.
     
  10. kubiakl

    kubiakl Tele-Meister

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    I have the same problem with touch screens and callouses. It's not always an issue, but if I get a callous on my thumb from adjusting the thumb wheels on my Gretsch and Les Paul bridges it can make typing a hassle on an iPhone. (I wind up adjusting them a lot more than I probably should trying to get that magic perfect setup.)
     
  11. scrimmer

    scrimmer Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    I was having trouble with carpal tunnel and a lot of tendinitis in both hands/forearms last year.
    Doctors were talking possible surgery in the near future, and it was gradually getting worse.
    Then everything changed when I started the stretching exercise routines in this book:

    Carpal Tunnel Relief.jpg

    $22 on Amazon and I strongly recommend it if you are dealing with any tendonitis/carpal tunnel
    or repetitive strain injuries of any kind. YMMV of course, but I developed a routine of daily stretches
    for myself from this and have almost ZERO issues now. I do have to battle it with the stretches
    most everyday, and the pain can return if I go for more than a week without stretching, but the
    stuff I learned in this book WORK, at least for me. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
     
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  12. trev333

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    my latest picking style.. middle finger down.....:D

    a mild inconvenience for a week or so.... had a small 1/4" lump cut out of the back of my thumb yesterday.... better off than on... I had to tape my thumb in to stop it catching on things .. kinda hurts a bit when you forget it doesn't like moving much atm....I don't want to ruin a good stitch job..;)

    guitar playing doesn't seem to bother it much, thankfully....

    picking hand.jpg
     
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    1977... touched another guitarist's machine heads when we were trying to tune up. A very interesting lesson in defective grounding. I've made a point of never repeating it even though it was apparently quite spectacular.
     
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  14. Manual Slim

    Manual Slim Friend of Leo's

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    Nothing terrible. Strings into the palm of the hand, shredded fingers, hearing damage.
     
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    Falling off the stage and hurting my feelings :oops:
     
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