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Pain from playing bass only 3 years???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by LittleLadyBass, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. LittleLadyBass


    Apr 3, 2013
    I'm 17 and I've only been playing bass for a little over 3 years. About 2 or 3 months ago at a gig I experience very sudden shooting pains in my right wrist and the pain has been back and forth ever since.. I have stiffness in both my wrists and I get numbness and very uncomfortable muscle spasms in my forearms. I'm not sure if i have tendinitis because I don't visit the doctor. But the pains persist even when i take a break from playing for a few days. Its now at the point where its hard to use my hands and i play alot. During the time when I first felt the pain I just got used to playing a 5 hour gig i had and i was playing 8 hour days almost every weekend. So now i play about 4 hours a day and i can only go about 2 songs before pain sets in and now i have issues with both my arms, my back and my neck... I can't afford to stop playing for long periods of time.. What should I do experienced bass players?!?!?!
  2. tmntfan


    Oct 6, 2011
    Edmonton canada
    as noted by many musicians before you; now is the time to start using stimulates to anesthetize your pain. Either synthetics or natural will work.

    It appears you have skipped the easy part and should go right to the hard stuff. I would recommend you consider Papaver somniferum.
  3. Oh my God.
    To the OP: go to the doctor. You will have to take a break. If you do not, you will lose the ability to play.
  4. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Please state your location so locals can reccommend the nearest music/sports injury clinics.
  5. LittleLadyBass


    Apr 3, 2013
    I'll will consider going to the doctor but its up to my parents whether they take me or not.. And unfortunately i can't take a break for more than a couple of days because the band i play for is my families band and that's how we make our living.. I'm a naturalist so i don't do the prescription medication, i prefer natural remedies.. But overall I play just about everyday and its not much I can do myself to cure my pain.. whatever suggestions i get i have to talk to my dad about it..
  6. LittleLadyBass


    Apr 3, 2013
    I currently live in New Orleans, LA
  7. I am not a doctor...although I play one on TV
    That said, we can not diagnose aliments except those having to do with tone.
    No matter what your age, tendonitis can occur.
    Read through the numerous posts here on Talk Bass about hand/wrist problems and the solutions.
    Always stretch and warm up prior to playing.
    Pay attention to your hand placement and mechanics. Try to play with less aggressive digging in and go for the light touch - turn up the volume to compensate.
    Most times, the only cure for tendonitis is rest and no playing.
    I had to stop for 6 weeks in order to have my wrist heal.
  8. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Fire your drummer.
  9. boynamedsuse

    boynamedsuse Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    I am not a doctor, but I have been in a similar situation. Based on your description, you should see a doctor now (orthopedic specialist or similar). If you don't, the odds are high that you will later end up seeing a doctor anyway after more damage is done to your body and the pain gets debilitating enough that you can no longer play at all and have no choice. The longer you put this off, the worse it will get and the less likely it will be that you can achieve a complete recovery. In any case, I hope that you (and your father) make a wise choice in the near future.
  10. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Sometimes you just have to see a doctor. You don't have to take or do whatever he or she prescribes, but you'll at least have a better idea of what you are facing. If this is your living, then it's even more imperative that you confront this. If you were a taxi driver you wouldn't just keep driving with the temperature gauge pegged hoping that the problem will spontaneously cure itself until the engine seizes, would you?
  11. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    If you are under 18, your family is forcing you to work 4-8 hours a day, you have chronic pain from an on-the-job injury, and your parents refuse to let you see a doctor, that is criminally negligent child abuse in my opinion. Sorry to be blunt but your story makes me really angry. :( Consider talking to a trusted teacher/clergy/social worker about your situation to get an opinion from an adult who is not a family member.
  12. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    There are a couple of useful threads stickied at the top of the Techinque forum that you might review if you haven't already.
  13. Yes. Bad technique tends to equal pain in the long run. Sure, they'll say that focusing on technique and wearing ear plugs is uncool. Ask them again in 20 years how they feel about those.
  14. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Are you using a strap? Even though this appears to manifest itself in your wrist that's not necessarily the root cause. See if playing without a strap helps.

    Don't expect the much help from the docs. I spent hundreds of thousands going to them and I can sum up medicine in the US like this. A man with a hammer views every problem as a nail.

    Advice. You'll get people telling you there's nothing wrong. Don't listen. And many docs do this if they have a nurse waiting and they need to get rid of you.

    Check out the inter net. When I was a kid the standard joke was medical science would advance decades in a matter of months if every doctor were to subscribe to the Readers' Digest. Updated this joke is Medical science would advance decades over night if every doctor would just get internet access. And not use it just for p++n.

    Some this take time. I take glucosimine and fish oil every day. I also exercise and stretch almost every day. I really would like a hot tub. Believe or not setting a hot tub to 106 or 108 does wonders for your body. Applying heat, while the surgeons don't make money on it, works.

    Be careful with the NSAID that doctors hand out like candy. The list is issues with long term use is just starting and by the time you get to be my age people will have realized that just taking a pill isn't the solution to every problem you meet in life.
  15. volerium


    May 21, 2012
    Wichita, KS
    You need to stop playing and take a break until the pain subsides at the very least. I just went through this myself and went to the doctor. I take meloxican, probably mis spelled but its an anti inflammatory. Wear a wrist brace to keep your wrist in a neutral position, wear it all the time until your pain stops, then only wear at night. Stretch your fingers and wrists throughout the day. Even when you're not playing. This is what I'm doing now and it has me back playing pain free. Got my advice on what to do about my problem from talkbass too. Really helped
  16. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    Well obviously you didn't listen to your body saying you should stop your very bad technic.
  17. wobble man

    wobble man

    Feb 15, 2013
    What you describe is not normal. Seriously, see a doctor and do whatever he/she says. Your only other option is to give up playing...
  18. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    When I read this I am reminded about how times I've picked up the paper to read bout some child killed while under DYFS's "care".

    May I suggest that before ringing a bell that can't be un-rung just spend a moment to consider the consequences.

    She has a family. They might not have the choices you have.

    I was working when I was 14 because my family needed the money. My father had to leave grammar school to support his mother when his father died.

    I think that a wee bit adversity adds to one's character. And It surely allows you to savor the good times in a way those who never went without will never understand.

  19. LittleLadyBass


    Apr 3, 2013
    Thank you for understanding :)
  20. LittleLadyBass


    Apr 3, 2013
    Thanks guys for the replies! I'm gonna talk to father more about things I can do to overcome this. I most definitely know that this pain is not gonna stay forever ;)

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