Possible Trigger Finger and Guitar Tendonitis symptoms from starting to play guitar again
I have been playing guitar for about 10 years now, practicing at LEAST 3-4 hours a day and never had a problem with my hands.
That is until I slowed down a few months ago and did not practice as much as normal (due to me taking on a second part time job).
Well now I am back to practicing as normal and very recently noticed a tightness in my index finger and knuckles on my left hand(fretting hand). It was my last band practice, 3 days ago that my index finger went numb and I experienced a warm sensation in my knuckles, this comes back every time I play, when I use my hand to grip certain things, or even type with all the fingers on my left hand.
I wouldn't describe it as debilitating pain but as a very weird feeling tightness and warm numbness.
I tried to research the symptoms myself and it seems Trigger Finger describes it best except for the "Trigger" or "Locking and Release" part of it.
My index finger doesn't get stuck in any one position but I do notice a minor swelling right under my index finger on the palm side of my hand and the tender pain when I massage it, followed by that warm tightness around my knuckles on the other side of my hand when I try to extend it all the way.
I already read your section on trigger finger and you describe that no therapy or massaging can help if that nodule is too big already, but I haven't noticed that sticking or locking of the finger when the tendon is getting stuck in the sheath so do you think I am past the point that anything other that surgery will help?
I have been super icing and ice massaging for 2 days now and plan to get some magnesium supplements asap.
But the tightness seems to get a little tighter every time I ice dip(but the inflammation is down substantially!), I am worried that it
may be tightening to the point where it gets stuck in a fist or triggers the "trigger finger".
Can the ice speed up the process or make a problem that was already there more apparent?
....thank you for your time and this wonderful site.
It sounds like you're at the very beginning stages of Trigger Finger
, which also just so happens to be the beginning/middle stages of Tendonitis
......which also happens to be a form of Tenosynovitis
See: What Is Tendonitis?
That's a lot of different 'T's, but really, it's all about tightness and irritation/inflammation.
Are you icing the forearms too?
The tendons controlling the fingers are getting unhappy, the finger joints are getting compressed, and it's all from TOO MUCH TIGHTNESS in the forearms.
You need to counter the Process of Inflammation
that is enlarging and stiffening the finger joints and tendons connected to them, BUT you also have to deal with forearm muscle/connective tissue tightness.
My Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook
is a good choice for you. You're already doing a lot of the right stuff, it's just a matter of A. Doing the RIGHT stuff and B. Doing it enough to counter, and reverse the physical (and chemical) changes that have been taking place.
Overall, the key you HAVE to add in is opening up the forearms.----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com