I've recently (re-) developed a case of tendinitis in my right-hand. No biggie, right? Well, I'm required to wear this big-ol splint on my right hand that all but prevents me from playing for 6 weeks. The location is actually 2 places: at the base of my right thumb (also known as de Quervain's disease) and the first and second metacarpal tendons on my right hand (those extending from my plucking fingers). Due to the location of the latter, the pain actually extends up into my right forearm. If that didn't suck enough, my band has our biggest gig to date coming up on 1/23, which was booked back in October or November...rescheduling it is not a viable option. I took the splint off long enough to rehearse with the band last night and have been paying the price all day. ARGH!!! I can live without playing much for the next few weeks, but if it doesn't heal in time for the gig, which it's not expected to (according to the doctor and my previous experience), playing our gig could set me back another 6 weeks. And, of course, the gig itself would prove quite painful. It's nothing permanent, so given the fact we're not booking any more gigs until the Spring, I could live with wearing the splint for another 6 weeks if need be, but am a little miffed this issue sprang to life when it did. Just had to get this little rant off my chest...anybody else ever been hampered by physical ailments preventing you from playing?