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Frustrated with my health!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by SJan3, Apr 29, 2018.


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  1. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    So, at almost 63, I suffer from lower and mid back pain(2 herniated discs) along with bad shoulders(rotator cuff surgery).
    I cannot take the gigs I'd like and really am not self sufficient to move my own equipment.
    I feel my days as a player are limited or certainly restricted.
    I'll have to seek out an acoustic/semi acoustic gig that requires no more than 1 bass and a small, lightweight combo.
    AND, I'll have to sit. I cannot stand any longer for 3/4 sets.
    I feel that my woes are not so common at my age. Anyone else out there with similar issues or are you "fit as a fiddle" in your 60s?
     
  2. Oddly

    Oddly Unofficial TalkBass Cartographer! Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    At a mere 52, I've got some of the same troubles...now playing a lighter short-scale bass and I've a little GK MB112 combo on it's way.
    Not quite ready to go gently into that good night just yet...:)
     
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  3. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Funny, I just bought a Mustang PJ and, while I like it, I'm just not ready to give up my 34" instruments. It's not really helping what ails me.
    I feel for you, brother.
     
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  4. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    earth
    Find some ways of alleviating your discomfort. Instead of standing get yourself a stool with a back so you don't have to stand. There's no way around herniated disk pain shy of having a neuro surgeon at the ready. A good combo "tilt back"amp with wheels. I had an accident in 1998 and herniated from L-2 L3 down to L-4 L-5 S1 and still live with the disc pain and sciatica. I was playing with a praise and worship band and got a stool with a back so I could play comfortably without standing and my 4x10 rig was moved into my basement and I got an SWR 2x10 combo with wheels and tilt back option. I have nothing for your shoulder problem. Maybe there's a strap that can help with that. take it easy.
     
  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Can you sit and play comfortably (relatively speaking) for 4 sets? I've been this route with our guitarist (now 66 and with multiple back issues) and it was no great hardship for the bandmates. He consolidated / down-sized his gear to best accommodate his limitations. We hauled in his combo amp, pedal board, & guitar...this guy wailed all night so it was a fair trade-off.

    I've had cardiac stents, 3 hernia repairs, and brain surgery. Music is the best therapy & motivator I can think of. I turn 60 in July and frequently stiff all over...I figured it was an over-reaching Cialis dosage.

    Riis
     
  6. Linnin

    Linnin SUSPENDED

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Two heart attacks, but still percolating at 64! Not in a gigging band anymore, but still enjoy jams with friends. There are plenty of wineries and micro-breweries around that have small groups for three hour afternoon or 6-9 type gigs. Using a musician's stool is not a crime, as I can't stand the whole time.
     
  7. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Ah yes, I forgot to mention a hernia operation too! LOL
    YES, I can sit for 3/4 sets.
    You make a great point and I can't imagine life w/o making music. Agreed, it is the best therapy!
     
  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
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    There are bass stands that will hold your bass in playing position. Don't know if there's one for sitting down.

    Something you can invent for all us old guys.:)

    There's a TBr around here somewhere that has tons of short scale basses, even made out of guitars!

    If you really want to play out, "whatever works" is a good strategy.:thumbsup:

    Good luck!
     
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  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    chronic back and shoulder, bad knee: i sit on a stool at gigs (mostly). i go much slower than i did at 60 (now 68). but: i'm gigging, carrying my own light-weight instruments/rigs. and i even do PA/sound gigs with 2 hour setups and tear-outs. but as i said...i go much slower! i'm sure i'll have to give up the PA stuff first, but i'm assuming that when i can no longer play = that will be the beginning of the end. who knows?

    i don't think i'm in bad health, particularly, i've just been 'rode hard' and after this many years it's bound to show a little/lot.
     
  10. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    After my 3rd repair...they actually cut me, not a laparoscopic...I was sitting home, grabbed my bass, and plopped it on my lap (Vicodin makes you stupid). It was a new adventure in pain and, IIRC, my **** fell off.

    Riis
     
  11. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Yes, I had spinal injections and that did help. Highly recommended!
    Bought a Markbass 121HR, only 29 lbs and got a folding cart.
    I guess what I'm saying here guys is all of this has given me pause. I don't want to feel over the hill but I'm in the midst of the lower back injury and, at the moment, I can't do much at all, including walk upright.
     
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  12. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Very inspiring! Yes, wineries are a good place to spend time. LOL! Thanks for sharing and I wish you good times ahead!
     
  13. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Gives new meaning to getting "creative".
     
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  14. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Yes, something to be said for "high mileage". Inspiring!!
     
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  15. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Yes, I was cut too and they found a tumer sticking through the hernia?? That night, my crazy girlfriend chose to pick a fight and started hitting me! She's gone now.
     
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  16. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    earth
    When my disc situation was more acute I used a hot water bottle or a heat blanket and always attempted to sit as upright as possible. The heat worked better than all the opioids the medical professionals prescribed and maintaining good posture even while sitting aided me while standing. Try to keep your discs in alignment, good posture as much as possible. Don't strain yourself. If you go to a market don't be proud and use the scooter if available. Your body will try to heal itself but you assist it by not putting too much of a load on it.

    Oh, I forgot to mention when I was injured it was 1998, I was only 48 years. Been dealing with it a considerable amount of time
     
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  17. Dee-man

    Dee-man Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    Yup, same issues and only in my 50s. Plus tendonitis and carpal tunnel. Oh well. Best advice for your back and shoulders - use a stool and get a stand that allows you to attach your bass to the stand so it is not hanging off your shoulders at all. I'm sorry I'm blanking on the name of the stand, since I own it and have sung its praises here before. But it works great, costs maybe $50, you screw it on top of a mic stand, and off you go. It's very liberating, and you may find you're not standing that much because you're dancing around your bass. Good luck, DM
     
  18. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Honestly, I never had good posture and now being overweight isn't helping. I agree that the heating pad does wonders. My chiropractor says it brings blood to the area for healing purposes.
     
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  19. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Great advice. I'm not sure I'm ready for a bass stand just yet. I really prefer having the instrument against me but I'll keep it in mind. Thanks!
     
  20. Dee-man

    Dee-man Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    That's the biggest negative of the stand - you can lose some of the intimate connection you get with the instrument against your body. That, and it's not very common (though getting more so), so it might seem odd or, dare I say, not very manly to others?
     
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