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De Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Mansonienne, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    Anyone ever have this? It sounds like what I may be experiencing...:(
    I’m worried what it might mean for guitar and bass..,
     
  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    It's very much like RSI and it's hard to tell them apart. A brace/splint can help when it's practical, gentle exercise and short playing periods with rests in between. Obviously don't play when the pain is bad.
     
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  3. nutball73

    nutball73 Strat-O-Master

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    Nov 12, 2013
    Southern UK
    I suggest you find an expert physio - treatment approaches seem to conflict considerably.

    There are many RSI-like things (hands and wrists are complex things) and you need to get an expert to tell you what will improve things vs what makes them worse.

    I have STT osteoarthritis and the symptoms are very similar to RSI, but the physio maintains that regular exercise and strengthening the muscles around the wrist is better than a splint or immobilisation. In my case I can't make it any worse through exercise, it's just about managing the pain for the rest of my life. But for instance carpal tunnel needs different treatment, and can get better if done correctly.
     
  4. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    Thanks I’ll get it checked out.
     
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  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Get it checked out, I get similar symptoms from basal joint arthritis in both thumbs. Like Nutjob, all I can do is manage the pain.
     
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  6. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    This is unacceptable and will not be allowed. Get thee to a healer.
     
  7. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jul 16, 2011
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    Andrea, PLEASE see a specialist ASAP!!! Thanks to trauma, arthritis and neuropathy, you can count me as another who can only deal with pain management now.
     
  8. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    somewhere
    is this self diagnosed via the internet?

    Go see a good sports orthopedic doc. I did for my shoulders and wrists.
     
  9. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    Yes and I do know what that’s worth...but I have an appt with an orthopedic surgeon a week from Friday and in the meantime will rest/ice/Advil...
    He’s linked to a hand clinic that mentions sports and musician-related injury on its website.
     
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  10. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    ...guess I have a good excuse to avoid barre chords...
     
  11. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    somewhere
    or pick up the trombone.....
     
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  12. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    or to learn to play them without your thumb. ;)

    Needs must when the... etc. etc.
     
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  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Tennis elbow alert!
     
  14. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    somewhere
    Harmonica then?
     
  15. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
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  16. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    somewhere
    there you go. Problem solved. Unless she will need a stand
     
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  17. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    and a neck brace. :p
     
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  18. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dec 2, 2015
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  19. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    I performed with a bass player who suffered this affliction. She'd play her upright when it would flare...

    the change in hand position and thickness of the neck made playing less painful.

    I'm sorry for your experience 'M'; suffering an injury that similarly affects my abilities, I get it. The good thing is that, while not curable, tenosynovitis is treatable.
     
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  20. radd

    radd Strat-O-Master

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    Jun 2, 2016
    Santa cruz
    I had lots of chronic wrist, thumb and hand pain then I attended a lecture on wrist and hand pain. What I took away made complete sense having spent a lifetime playing or coaching sports. In sports we always learned it was best to strengthen the opposing muscle groups. With our hands we never do that, we squeeze everything, our hand tools, the clutches and throttles on our motorcycles, the neck and strings of our guitars and about everything else we ever touch.

    This guy had us put our fingers and thumb together on our hand then put a couple rubber bands around them then expand our fingers and thumb against the resistance of the rubber bands. I was amazed how weak those muscle groups were. I did this excersize constantly and almost all my wrist and hand pain went away in a couple weeks and has stayed away.

    I also have arthritis in a couple knuckles and it does not help with that.

    I carry a couple rubber bands in my pocket all the time and I do this exercise often throughout the day.

    Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor so that keep that in mind.

    I do hope you find a solution for your pain.
     
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