I've been going through similar problems for the past year and it's quite difficult. For anyone starting to play guitar, please ease into your regiment of guitar playing since it is very physical... think about a normal person that tries to run a marathon... their body hates them for it. I've been in physical therapy for a while and stretches and massage are my best ally!!! and ICE!! I ice up 3-5 times a day depending how much I play (I also teach...).Gus C wrote:Thought I would share and update this in the off chance anyone else suffers a problem like this.....
Over the last 6 months I decided I best rest my arm as this pain was not subsiding. The few Doctors I had seen over the last few years about this seemed to be clueless as to the cause.
Around 2 months ago not in addition to the left forearm pain my left shoulder began to ache and the muscles became very tense. My Doctor sent me for x rays which revealed that it wasn't an issue with my bones.
The shoulder pain steadily got worse to the point where the mobility of my left arm was compromised and driving became an issue.
Ultimately a Doctor in A and E took a look at me and suggested the problem was a trapped nerve (ulnar arterial nerve). I was sent of for a course of physiotherapy (bloody painful!).
The good news is with all the stretching exersises the pains are gone! I will keep up the stretching exercises.
Its amazing how rusty my playing has become over the time I rested, although I like to think positively and hope that it may serve to rest some bad habits in my playing permanently.
Wishing you all a fantastic new year.
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