How did you deal with pain that stops you from playing?

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  1. fozhebert

    fozhebert TDPRI Member

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    How guys/gals deal with not being able to play?

    I'm waiting for carpal surgery on both wrists and have tendinitis around both elbows. This sucks royally. Hands constantly feel asleep.
     
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    I watch a lot of guitar related stuff on youtube...my current pain is this high humidity, haven't and don't play in high humidity.
     
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    I had a C4-C5 Fusion total numbness in both hands , I couldnt stop both my hands from shaking I would go into complete jerk motions uncontrollably ,not only did I have a herniated disc but the resultant spinal damage from years of no Diagnosis ,( I didnt know there was problem) I had 2 surgeries a year and a half apart the first one the doctor went in the front of my neck and did the fusion, the second the doctor cut from the base of my skull down between my shoulder blades to remove the dead nerve tissue .

    To help me get back on the horse , the angel I married bought me a Godin synth ready Nylon string and a roland GR55 guitar synth. the godin helped becuase I had to learn to space my fingers on the fret board and it is a wider neck, I also went to Long and McQuade and bought one of those finger exersice sqeeze thingiesto force me to control individual finger pressure and strength , I never did get back my speed and my chops are garbage right now , but Im happy to have what I do .


    Im sorry, I forgot to wish well and speedy recovery! take your time to get it all back!
     
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    I hope you heal up ok.
     
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    Nickadermis Friend of Leo's

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    I had carpal tunnel surgery years ago and it helped tremendously!

    I now have neuropathy in my hands and feet. But hoping it goes away in a few months.

    Hang in there and enjoy what you can, it will be getting better soon :)
     
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  6. Informal

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    I went through a 12 year span with carpal tunnel in both hands, I couldn't play for more than 5 minutes without cramping-stingers etc...

    Finally got surgery on both, and it's 90+ percent better... Still get some cramping and minor pain... But I'm pushing 50, and it's probably arthritis.
     
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  7. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    Slide. That's how I eased back into playing after a stroke.

    For inspiration, consider CeDell Davis who had polio as a kid, learned to play slide, got trampled by a crowd in a nightclub leaving him in even worse physical shape and he still worked out a way to keep playing.

     
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    I dealt with extreme fingertip pain that appeared suddenly a few months ago, and had to lay off the guitar for a few weeks. When I started back into it, I played lightly and even right now I can't bend strings anymore without the pain returning. I slide notes instead of bending them. It sucks, but that's the only choice I have now.
     
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    Bad Dog.
     
  10. blowtorch

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    Neuropathy sufferer here. For awhile I couldn't work a doorknob, or tie my shoes, say nothing about hold a pick. The physical therapists advised i give up trying to play the guitar, that i would only frustrate myself.

    The wolf inside of me was fiercer than the giant in front of me, though
     
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    After having my left arm crushed in a hit n run accident, I can't play normal guitar. Have gradually regained ability to play bass, piano, finally with both hands, and working on open tuned guitar and slide. Hey, being a musician is the only thing I ever wanted to do!
     
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    I don't mean to be flippant about or dismissive of your pain, but I truly do not understand. High humidity causes so much pain you can't play guitar? Is it because of some existing physical condition? I've lived in the island nation of Papua New Guinea, and live now in Corpus Christi, Texas, three blocks from the Corpus Christi Bay. I've lived the last 39 years of my life by the water in environments that were/are very humid. I've never had it cause any pain or discomfort that would prevent me from playing guitar. So like I said, I just don't understand.
     
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    Feeling pain while playing has really become a part of my music so I dont know what to answer ...
     
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    Summer heat and high humidity seriously affect my arthritis. This year has been particularly bad for me.
     
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    I appreciate all of the stories here. It give me fuel to get going again once the operations are done, hopefully withinh the next 12 months.
     
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    I was diagnosed with Neuropathy about 8 years ago which means I have weak hands and feet. Like you holding a pick was a challenge, and very frustrating after playing in bands/guitars for 58 years (i'm 74).

    I got a quarter inch wide rubber band and cut it to fit around my thumb, stuck it together and then stuck it to my pick. It works similar to a thumb pick but you hold it like a normal flat pick. The elastic gives it flexability and it stops you from dropping it.

    I did have a picture of my 'mod' somewhere.....but cant find it at the moment!
     
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  17. Just-Jim

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    For extreme pain, I had to take a step back and stop playing for a couple of months. I didn't need surgery. After the pain completely went away I started doing wrist exercises (plenty of examples on youtube). When I picked up the guitar again, I really limited bending strings in solos. I think that's what flared things up to begin with. I try to slide to notes vs bend to them. If I do bend strings, I use two fingers (one on the string and the other helping push). I stay away from chords that require me to stretch to many frets apart. Pain still comes back on occasion, but not nearly as bad or for as long.
     
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    Sorry to hear about this. I work part time for a guy (a luthier) who had your same issue. He's a really good guitar player (and teacher) and guitar really is this guys life. He was reluctant to get the surgery for fear that he wouldn't be able to play at the level he did, but it got so bad he really didn't have much of a choice. In his case, the surgery completely fixed the problem and he plays as good or better than ever now!

    My advice, after seeing what happened with him, is don't wait - get the surgery done. You'll be back to playing in 3 weeks.
     
  19. 3-Chord-Genius

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    All of this points to one cold hard fact: We are only one minor accident or medical condition away from not being able to play the guitar anymore.
     
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    When I had broken my hand I simply strummed the guitar with my cast until I felt too much pain. :D As the pain and swelling went away I could just fit a pic in between my thumb and index finger. My strumming sounded crap but it best the emotional pain of not playing!

    Would be a different story if the other hand had broken.
     
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