Arthritis Achy Fingers

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  1. JJ119

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    Lately my fingers have been hurting.
    Sometimes ice helps, sometimes holding a nice hot cup of coffee helps.
    When I do my lessons, sometimes my entire fretting hand hurts.

    I have gone from 10ga strings to 9s, and while I was at the Music Shop a couple days ago, I went ahead and got a set of 8s. They didn't have 7s or I would have got them.

    So my Question is
    Will 8s be any easier to play than 9s, or should I have the Music Shop order me some 7s?

    Thanks For Any
    Advice // Hints // Education
     
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  2. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    8s will feel light as a feather, even compared to 9s.

    Try not to gorilla grip. It only takes a very light touch to make notes. Not dismissing your arthritis, of course.

    Good luck.
     
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    7's unless your arthritis is super super bad isn't a good idea probably . 8's will feel light as anything . Your best bet is warming up before digging into playing. I occasionally have hand stiffness . I use 10 gauge strings and I find if I play for a bit it goes away . but warming up with some scales for awhile maybe doing some finger stretches should help as well as maybe soaking your hands in warm water . Brian Seltzer does this and it helps .
     
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    Stretch before you play, on cold days I soak my hands in some warm water first then stretch.
     
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    There is now an OTC version of Volatrin, a creme which is highly effective. It should be used very sparingly. It doesn't take much, and the relief is almost immediate.

    CAVEAT: As with all medications, this is an "if all else fails" suggestion.
     
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  6. radd

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    I have almost completely stopped my arthritic knuckle pain by moving from thin neck guitars to chunky neck guitars. Making the transition was far easier than I thought and now a skinny neck feels uncomfortable. It also helped that I now spend a lot of time playing necks with wider nuts, 1&11/16” and 1&3/4”.
     
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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member

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    I got bad arthritics too. I take prescription strength Ibuprofen, 3 Tylenol, 3 tramadol about 45 minutes prior to playing.
    It only gets worse as you age.
    I didn't get a lot of relief by changing string gauge.
    But lately I've been primarily playing acoustic or bass.

    @33db, thanks for the warm up post, I'll try that myself.
     
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    I have arthritis too. Hate it! Hard to put any pressure on the inside of my thumb. I also suggest to try Votaren, and you could try Penetrex, and a padded compression glove to take some pressure off of your hand or thumb while playing.
    .007 are noticeably lighter than 8 to me. .008 sound better. .007 are harder to control, I’m still adjusting, but easier to bend. If you are having trouble bending with 8s try the .007.

    good luck!
     
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    I have just one word for you, son...
    Percoset.
     
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    Thank You Folks!

    I will do these stretches too.
    I do a very slight warm up.
    Run the Pentatonics a few times, and a few " Power Chords " until I can transition somewhat smoothly.
    I do let the neck rest, I do my Damndest to NOT clamp it.

    The Voltarin sounds like an idea.

    Percocet and Tramadol are a bit strong for me.
    Long Island Iced Tea or 2 or 3 help nudge the ache once in a while.

    [ ETA ]

    My next Question would have been along the lines of Neck Contour.
    Thank You All For Your Help
     
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    no 6 fret stretches for me. I stayed with 09s and standard tuning, it helps the guitar faces
     
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    Enjoy playing for as long as you got. When it's finally gone, it's gone.
     
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    Have you been officially diagnosed with arthritis? There is a lot that can be done to make the symptoms go away.

    I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis when I was 30. My fingers were starting to look like sausages and my fingernails were all weird. I went to the doctor when holding a piece of metal in my bandsaw before clamping it was nearly impossible. At first I thought I had hurt my fingers and didn't realize it, then I noticed it was all my fingers.

    I'm on a weekly injection of methotrexate and a monthly injection of golimumab. The symptoms have disappeared completely. I play 12-54 strings and would probably go 13s on my Strat if I could find a set with a plain G.

    Arthritis cannot be reversed. But its progression can be stopped with the right medication and more importantly, its symptoms can be controlled very well. It's worth looking into. The longer you go undiagnosed, the more irreversible damage can take place.

    Best of luck!
     
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    Great advice, medical advice and treatment trumps Internet advice most times.
     
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    :eek::eek::eek: Yikes!!! I have a high tolerance to most everything and I think that would kill me :confused:

    At the very least one hell of a delirium o_O
     
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    How do you feel the next day?
     
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    Like ****. The metho is actually more for my psoriasis. Over the last few years I've been slacking and skipping injections because I can't stand the nausea. My psoriasis comes out strong when I am not consistent with it though. My doctor just reduced me to 20mg from 25mg to see if it helps. It does seem to help, last time I took it I felt fine the next day. But I always had those times where it was ok the next day. Whatever happens, I don't want to get off the golimumab because that injection is like a miracle. It was the only one that made my arthritis symptoms disappear completely.
     
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    Funny thing
    All those years racing and wrenching...
    Two fingers cut off and bolted back on
    No arthritis....
    Two fingers pointing wrong...
    Left thumb been pounded by mauls and pallpeens...
    But
    This ain't about me....

    My poor Mrs.
    Has such arthritic digits....
    Devils her day and night...
    So bad...
    I'm following this thread
    To see if I can pick up some pointers....
     
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    Yeah. I know. Was hopeful that there are some for whom it works without making them ill. It's back on my radar.

    My use wasn't for my arthritis (osteo)...it was for its other favorite thing. And I felt like roadkill for a few days after I'd dose. Then I'd get an infusion. And another few days of roadkill. Suppose it helped me survive long enough to thoroughly enjoy arthritis the way it's meant to be enjoyed.

    I did find an ancient herbal remedy was very helpful in feeling human following that crap. Wish it would help arthritis.

    Best of luck...
    r
     
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    This made me laugh. But I know it's not really funny. But I supposed many have it much worse. My GF's friend is in the later stages of brain cancer and it's absolutely tormenting the entire family. He's not himself anymore and it's just terrible to watch. Know a few people who have passed of similar things. I'll keep counting my lucky stars.