13 year old guitar player and video game player with painful tendons in wrist and forearm

by Joseph

Hello, My Name is Joe. I am 13 years old and not sure what to do. I've been experiencing pain in the tendons of the palm side of my arm and slightly in the forearm area (of my left arm). It really sucks because I play guitar and I love old video games now i'm really bored and in pain.

I'm pretty sure its repetitive stress, and I've also brought into mind I've been having lots of growing pains. I thought maybe it was the slow stretch over time because I don't often stretch them (on purpose)and brought into mind that within the past 3 months or so I've hurt my wrists, I damaged some soft tissue.

Tendinitis would suck really bad because I've been told I definitely have a future in music and my dad says that it can destroy a guitar career.

So any quick remedies or things that might help?



Joshua Answers:

Hi Joe.

Hey, I'm all about quick remedies!

1. Wrist Tendonitis is a little counter-intuitive, in the sense that you feel it more in your tendons and less in your forearm, but the forearm is the CAUSE of the tendon symptoms.

Your muscles and connective tissue are TOO TIGHT and thus constantly tugging on the tendons, even when you sleep.

2. Plus you have some Process of Inflammation
chronically at play.

3. Plus you're nutritionally deficient, it's safe to say (I use 'deficient' loosely). Have your folks get your Vitamin D level tested. Get theirs tested too while you're at it.

And see: Magnesium for Tendonitis.

Growing pains are a factor in general. That requires a lot of good nutrition. And usually the symptoms go away naturally, but it's a safe bet you don't spend any time in the sunshine and that you eat the standard american diet. So you could benefit from a focus on good nutrition so your body has the opportunity to work correctly.

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Jul 25, 2012
I'm a 13 year old shooting guard and guitarist. My wrist hurts really bad.
by: Trevor

Every once in a while, my wrist starts hurting. Badly. I can't get my wrist back all the way to perform a correct follow-through on my shot, and i can't strum a guitar without some pain.

If i bend my wrist down, it doesn't really hurt. But when i bend it up, it does, badly. I don't know if it's tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, but when it comes to wrist pain, you seem like you know what you're talking about.

It hurts to move the mouse, and to type or write. The pain has been off and on since i started playing basketball. I don't know what to do, because guitar and basketball are my whole life.

Please help! Usually the pain goes away on its own after a couple days. Which really confuses me. But this time it hurts worse than ever.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Trevor.

For a 13 year old, you have excellent spelling. Thank you so much for learning how to spell! (Poor spelling bugs me.)

So, it usually goes away fast, but not it's worse, and lasting longer? Started out as an annoyance, and it's been getting worse and worse?

Sounds like a Tendonitis dynamic to me.

See: What Is Tendonitis

Technically, you don't have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome unless you have numbness and tingling.

Even then, it's all the same dynamic. In fact, both Tendonitis and CTS are just names describing the Pain Causing Dynamic.

Muscles too tight, connective tissue too tight, an ongoing Process of Inflammation.

And nutritional insufficiency/deficiency plays a role as well.

Possibly gluten intolerance, but let's take this one step at at time.

First step, what to do about it? Have your folks get you Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook and get to work.

Sep 09, 2018
Pain And Tingling In Hand not sure whether to keep playing guitar and video games
by: Ron

After buying my ps4 I just binge played it until I started to get a burning sensation on my thenar eminence. I get playing and it was quickly followed by numbness of my index and middle finger, which got worse due to sleeping at night.

Showed a doctor as well got my thyroid test-normal , nerve conduction test-normal , even got a cervical mri which came out to be normal as well , none of the CTS test showed positive. i moved to my college in another 10 days and after 15 days or so all signs of pain and tingling went away.

Every 2 months I would go back and play PlayStation non stop and the burning would start coming back but the tingling was less, every time I would go back to home after half a semester was over the burning would take longer to develop and last less ( I just started giving more breaks in between and did a few rotational exercise before I played ).

After a year now I started playing guitar I'm feeling that I'm getting a similar feeling of burning ( though less in intensity and does not last more than half an hour) . So I was not sure what to do and if playing guitar would be possible as that puts strain on your wrist , also i used to do gym but never felt any pain in my wrist during that ( this was after I got my PlayStation) .

What can be my problem and what kind of course will u suggest . Thanks in advance.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Ron.

Sounds like a Tendonitis dynamic to me.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Things get tight. The body gets more short of nutrition. Inflammation process kicks in. Things feel worse, they feel better, then they feel worse longer and better for shorter periods of time.

That's just kind of how it goes.

Read the pages the other links in this thread point to, then come back with any questions you might have.

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