Is it guitar? Or computer? Or TV remote?!
(Madison County, AL)
I have degenerative disk disease, which means I can't work. I'm certain it's unrelated to the tendonitis that I'm quite sure I have, except to the extent that I'm forcibly far more indolent than I'd like.
It's VERY painful to exercise, to any degree. I mention this because as a result of my forcible couchpotatoism, I use the computer, the TV remote, and the guitar a lot more. Each one causes me to hold my hand in one pinched pose or another. I also have Apple TV, which has the slimmest remote to be found. I admire its technology, but I'm also certain that using it is perhaps the worst of the various aggravating factors.
Ironically, I don't believe that guitar playing itself is the primary aggravating factor, because my hand doesn't hold in a single position so much when I'm playing, unlike when I'm typing or using a TV remote - however, the prospect of losing the ability to play guitar and/or keyboards due to the tendonitis is my greatest concern by far (although when the pain strikes, it is THAT that concerns me the most at that instant. The pain is terrific.
My symptoms are that I have constant low-level pain in my left wrist, and "referred" (?) pain in the middle back of my hand and even, to a lesser extent, all the way up to my neck (my right hand is far less affected, but due to being a guitarist I do lots more with my left hand that others do with their right - e.g., mousing, using the TV remote, etc.).
I also have very sharp pain on the right side of my left wrist (when holding my hand palm down). However, when I try to lift something with my left hand (e.g., the 8 pound puppy), I yelp in severe pain and immediately drop whatever I'm holding - carefully, in the case of the puppy).
That's about the size of it.
"I'm certain it's unrelated to the tendonitis" is almost certainly not true.
But that's another topic.
So you use your hands a lot and have pain, and you
don't want to have to stop playing guitar.
No problem. It's just a matter of doing the right things.Tendonitis
of all kinds is a predictable dynamic consisting of various factors.
See: What Is Tendonitis
to find out how it works and why wrist tendon pain remains.Process of Inflammation
is one of those factors. The Pain Enhancing Chemical it dumps out is a bag cause of that sudden 'yelp' pain and drop response.
So learn Process of Inflammation
Nutrition plays a role as well, as Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency
and tight muscles eat up magnesium which is required for correct muscle function and tone.
See: Magnesium For Tendonitis
I'm biased of course and think you should get the Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook
. It addresses all this and the big picture and the specifics of a complete plan of attack.
I don't know if it's the guitar or remote. Ultimately it doesn't really matter....one has to reverse the body's natural response that causes a Downward Spiral.
Still, let's blame it on the remote and not the guitar. :)
Also, assuming that you mean low back problems, I HIGHLY suggest The ARPwave System
. It may or may be a bit pricey, but it can absolutely get you pain free and up and running (literally) again. The 'degenerative disc disease' isn't the problem, it's the muscles and electrical system controlling all of that that's not working optimally and thus causing pain.
Been there, done that.----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com