Tennis elbow-- oh it's bad
Hey guys. First off, I apologize. This is apparently a common condition among many of us and I know there's a lot of threads regarding it. My case is a little more extreme than the others though.
So where did it start? I'm mostly into blues/funk as far as my style goes. A friend of mine was looking for a bassist in his progressive metal band and they had a lot of material for me to learn quickly. I agreed and ended up practicing way too much. Yeah, there was some pain-- but hell I'm young so I figured it'd subside.
That was 4 months ago. Nowadays, I wake up every 2-3 hours with my left hand completely numb and burning with a throbbing pain in my lower tricep. The only way to get rid of it is to get out of bed and rigorously stretch and walk it off for a few minutes before I lay back down. Hell, even as I type this post the pain is starting to conjure up.
I should also mention that my main source of transportation is a motorcycle with a really stiff clutch. Only after I started riding it everyday did the tendinitis start to affect how I sleep. I've been to the doctor, he basically told me to take lots of ibuprofen for the inflammation and stretch a lot (which I've been doing.) As far as technique goes, I keep my wrist straight as much as possible and doubt that it's a contributing factor.
To sum it all up, there's a lot of conflicting advice on how to deal with this. Some say you should rest, some say you shouldn't change your routine for the sake of building strength yet stretch a lot. All I know is, I don't want to dread going to sleep and doing the things I love anymore... what's your advice?
See a good physiotherapist. I had severe tendonitis for a couple years. Tennis and golfer's elbow in both elbows. It sucked big time. Ice, rest, stretching, exercises, laser therapy. That's what I went through.
Good luck on your recovery.
My ulnar nerve was also very irritated. This was all triggered from welding... resting the elbows on hard steel, repetitive strain. Being a golfer didn't help either.
Playing bass however didn't seem to bother my elbows. I was able to play all through my rehab. Just remember to not over do things. It is slow going to get rid of it.
I still battle with it and it sucks. Ice, rest, anti inflammatories...
This book is good to read as well... It's called "Playing Less Hurt".
I used to battle with that, but more in my wrists. It was so bad that my hands and forearms would go numb. I purchased a few of those braces for your wrists that keep your hands bent back a bit (the ones meant for tendonitis) as I realized I was sleeping with my hands/wrists bent inwards. I couldn't make myself stop doing that as I was asleep when it would happen. Those braces re-taught my hands and wrists where they should be when I sleep, and I haven't had an issue since then.
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