Forearm pain and twitching knuckles from playing guitar

by Playing 8 Years

I've been playing guitar for around 8 years and i recently (3 or 4 months ago) started having twinging pains in my forearm. I brushed it off several times, but recently my left index finger knuckle has been locking up and twitching when i make a fist.

After a few days of the twitch (i had stopped playing guitar for about a week prior to the twitch), i had really strong pains in my forearm at work. I felt two strong distinct cylindrical shaped pains run from my wrist to my elbow on the underside of my arm.

My arm currently is very tight, aching, and feels numb and cold.

Does this sound like normal tendinitis? I must admit I'm a little concerned, guitar is my passion.


Joshua Answers:

Hello P8Y.

That doesn't sound like Tendonitis per se, but it ABSOLUTELY sounds like the progressive tightness and increasing pain that comes with the Pain Causing Dynamic, which is the CAUSE of Tendonitis, be it Guitar Tendonitis or any other location.

It's a -dynamic-, an ecology. You've been using your hands (which means you've been using the muscles in your forearms) all your life.

Slowly it's gotten tighter and tighter, and you body has automatically compensated for increasing irritation levels, never telling you until now (because it's losing the battle).

The numb and cold is because muscles and connective tissue is so tight, it's cutting off circulation, basically.

I get that guitar is your passion. Time to start doing something to get your arms happy again. Rest and Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen just aren't going to do the job, not even a little bit.

Also make sure to learn about Magnesium for Tendonitis.

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