Wrist + thumb + palm + forefinger: tendonitis
I'm Lorenzo from Italy (excuse me for my english, please!)
I'm a semi-pro guitarist and, during summer, I play 50 nights in 3 months... the rest of the year usually I play 2 nights/week, plus teach guitar 3-4 days/week... in short, I play my guitars a lot!
In 30 years of constant activity, I've never had any problem, but 2 years ago in august, in the middle of a gig, I started having ache at my left wrist and forefinger: I played with this ache until the end of the gig, but the day after I wasn't quite able to move my left hand!
My doctor said immediately it was a tendonitis, so I had to stop playing for ten days (giving up a lot of gigs I had to do), and wear a splint while sleeping.
Then I re-started playing with no problems for 2 months; but in november another tendonitis, this time in my left palm: another stop of 10 days, with 10 TECAR therapy, but no great results...
The ache and swelling since there hasn't gone away completely, and I suffer from a lot of activities (opening a bottle of water, turning the key of the door, picking up my 3 months old baby, etc) and, by a year or so, now I have similar problems also at my right hand (picking hand), although with less intensity.
In the morning I feel my hands swollen, with a little tingling and clicking at the base of forefinger.
I've done all sorts of exam: ultrasound scanning, EMG/ENG (for CTS), X-rays... all of them negative... seems "only" a tendon sufference, but it's ruining my life!
I've discovered this site 10 days ago, and after reading ALL you write in the site, decided to buy your e-book "Reversing Guitar Tendonitis".
I began immediately to follow the protocol 4 days ago (and stopped playing): I'm super-motivated in doing this because for the next 3 months I had in program circa 30 gigs (which are for sure less then my usual summer program, but still a lot of gigs for my aching hands).
At the moment, after 4 days, edited out.
Am I doing something wrong?
Or is it normal in this first step?
Thank you very much for your help :-)
It sounds like you're doing just fine.
When a person is in pain from Tendonitis, that means there is a whole dynamic in place, that has been there for some time, getting worse and worse.
It makes sense that as you get in there, working on it, you both feel what's happening in there more accurately, and you get a sense of how easy it is to irritate what's in there.
While you can do too much, or go to deep, and hurt yourself (don't do that), mostly likely you're just stirring the pot and more accurately feeling what it really feels like in there.
How are you doing/feeling now?
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert