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post Sep 17 2008, 09:04 PM
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Hey Kris! biggrin.gif I hate to bother you because I know you are busy but I recently read the forum about Tendonitis and it said that you had it. Well, I just got it because I had bad posture, and played for long periods of time with no breaks. I searched all over google to see when its ok to start playing again and it said it was okay to play when you have no pain. Well here is my question. My pain is no longer stinging/burning pain that runs from wrist to my elbow to my shoulder. My wrist just gets really stiff and my fingers lose all their energy in about 30 minutes. Since you went through the same thing, I was wondering how did you recover from your tendonitis and did u ever have a stiff wrist? If so, did you play with a stiff wrist or did you wait until that went away to start playing?


neone else with this experience can chime in as well...i dont mind

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post Sep 17 2008, 10:47 PM
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I don't have any personal experience with it, but a friend of mine got all stiff after he started playing again after beeing adviced to stop playing for a while. He was told that the stiffness had nothing to do with Tendonitis, and that it was just a "shock" of beeing able to play again. He started doing some warmup exercises some minutes a day for a while before he started playing seriously again.

Don't take this as a answer to your question though. Wait for someone who has personal experience and knowledge about it instead smile.gif


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post Sep 18 2008, 09:10 AM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Sep 17 2008, 10:47 PM) *
I don't have any personal experience with it, but a friend of mine got all stiff after he started playing again after beeing adviced to stop playing for a while. He was told that the stiffness had nothing to do with Tendonitis, and that it was just a "shock" of beeing able to play again. He started doing some warmup exercises some minutes a day for a while before he started playing seriously again.

Don't take this as a answer to your question though. Wait for someone who has personal experience and knowledge about it instead smile.gif


I think this is spot on. Your fingers `loosing energy` shouldn't be surprising when you consider that they haven't been getting their usual workouts. After taking long breaks from playing I get the same thing...you just need to build them back up to full strength slowly and carefully smile.gif


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post Sep 18 2008, 12:59 PM
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It's very hard to give a diagnosis over the internet (+ we aren't the right people to answer this question).

In best case the solution to your problem is what Canis and Moon Boots suggested.

But if not - you better be **#*% [insert very bad word in here] careful. By the sound of your description you are having a serious problem.

Playing while having pains can result in you never being able to play guitar again. Once I understood how serious the problem was - I put the guitar down for a long time, and started very gently with 15-30 minutes practice sessions after 6 months.

I know that this is a horrible scenario as I have been there - however if you put the guitar down for several months (while doing lots of physical exercises with your arms) - and devote your time to songwriting/arranging (without guitar), theory, and even right hand-only guitar exercises, it could actually give you an advantage over many people who never have had these problems.

So in the end you can turn this into something positive if you act wisely. If you don't act wisely you might never be able to play again...


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post Sep 18 2008, 02:13 PM
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Hmmm, but do You mean any pains Kris? For example sometimes I feel small pain after playing longer than usually ( not to long, but I had a long break from any serious playing, besides some basic chord playing ). When I have such pain, I just start to play something easier/something that uses different fingers and the pain goes away.


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post Sep 18 2008, 07:07 PM
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uh oh ohmy.gif i guess ill stop for a while and learn theory. Thanx guys for all ur help! biggrin.gif finished chord theory in the past week so ill start doing somehting else.

@ Kris

When you mean physical exercise, do you mean lifting weights or stretches...what did you do?


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post Sep 18 2008, 07:13 PM
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QUOTE (sigma7 @ Sep 18 2008, 02:07 PM) *
When you mean physical exercise, do you mean lifting weights or stretches...what did you do?


Both would be good things to do, stretching probably more important. If lifting weights, just something light. No need to go Schwartzenegger on us! biggrin.gif


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post Sep 18 2008, 07:20 PM
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gonna take some ROIDS! haha ill work on it


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post Sep 18 2008, 07:25 PM
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QUOTE (sigma7 @ Sep 18 2008, 08:07 PM) *
When you mean physical exercise, do you mean lifting weights or stretches...what did you do?


Stretching is usually to prevent an injury - weightlifting to recover.

However - if I would have had really good blood circulation (=muscles) - I don't think I would have gotten the injury.

Any time I need to practice intensely - for example to nail the #1000 lessons licks - I parallely exercise a lot. There is no way I could practice those arpeggios for hours without hurting myself, otherwise.


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post Sep 18 2008, 07:35 PM
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I recommend you go to a doctor specialized in ligament treatment. I have a friend who has Tendonitis and the doctor recommended to apply cold to the elbow area. The cold makes the ligaments shrink and when you put out the cold it will expand again so is like you exercise the tendon. But again, make an appointment with the doctor for a good diagnosis and good treatment.
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post Sep 18 2008, 07:55 PM
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I thought you said you had diagnosed severe carpal tunnel.
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post Sep 18 2008, 09:46 PM
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i have both, but the doctor said to deal with the tendonitis first but on the counterpart, the carpel tunnel is making my fingers stiff and the tendonitis my wrist stiff. The doctor said it was normal

ill have to go see a specialist to see if I do actually need surgery. But my doctor told me to wear a splint and put cold ice. when the sharp pain is dulling down, he said it was normal for the wrist to act wierd, but i didnt know it would be stiff. For the carpal tunnel, my fingers lock up due to a pinched nerve or something. my doctor said most likely surgery but he told me to give it time to see if it goes asway on its own...which seems like it is doing. But the Tendonitis right now is my biggest bother and I thought I would ask Kris about just the Tendonitis since he experienced it.

Thanx everybody! I got a long road ahead of me

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