Thank you, just another bump in the road. At least it won't effect my dream of becoming a prima ballerina.lagartija wrote:I'm so sorry to hear of your trouble ...
Thank You. It's in my right arm. I shattered that elbow about 4o years ago and about 30% was removed (medial) so I'm not sue what it looks like in there. I'm muscular and have been able to compensate. The only noticeable difference is that I cannot fully straighten the arm. It's bent as if I had my hand in my pants pocket.Marshall Dixon wrote:I had surgery for that last November. As well as the carpal tunnel probelm, both of the left arm. It was pretty bad before I finally had the surgery. Diagnosis was with nerve conduction studies.
My doctor told me that as nerves regenerate at a rate of 1 mm per day, it would take about a year for me to get over the discomfort, as the ulnar nerve from the elbow to the figertip is about 360 mm in length.
Playing the guitar is supposedly good therapy, but some barre chords involving stretches can bring things to a halt. I really need to concentrate on relaxed playing... hard to do.
Must say, though, it's much better than before the surgery, and improving.
Good luck with your situation.
RICE then a vibrating heating pad. I played for about a half hour today. The pain does not seem to be secondary to playing but if symptoms are in evidence then anything that I do makes it worse. At this point, I'm leaning toward the damaged elbow catching up with me and rebelling over the pushups. Very early in the game, though. The researcher in me wants to do an ABAB design and do some pushups, but "my momma didn't raise no ignorant children".Marshall Dixon wrote:Good luck bear!
Good to hear you played for 2 hours yesterday. Are you using ice compresses?
The tennis ball on my forearm made an immediate difference. as i said i shattered the elbow there may be adhesions and bone fragments. When i pressed on the "tunnel" with my thumb, it felt like a sharp bruise.SunnyDee wrote:I was having very similar issues as bear but more tingling than pain, but at the same times. Some days I could play fine, other days every few minutes the hand/arm would start to go numb, but, for many reasons I didn't really think it was carpal or cubital. Still I was getting worried. However, I think I've figured out that it was actually caused by a pinched nerve coming from trigger points or tight muscles in my back and neck. After focusing on this and making a concentrated effort for a few days to relax the muscles, the symptoms have stopped for maybe a week now, a long time compared to what was happening. I've been careful to play relaxed and in good position, to avoid muscle strain, etc. Now that I'm aware of it, I can feel the muscle in my back contracting and trying to knot up and I do some massage or re-positioning etc to keep it relaxed as well as judicious use of ibuprofen and, well, the occasional small shot of tequila doesn't seem to do any harm either. When I was researching this, I saw a few sites that said this may often be the case - that trigger points make people think they have carpal or cubital. Anyway, for now, I am much less nervous about it and the playing seems to be much better. Thought I'd put it out there for anyone who might like to try light massage of the back or neck. I wouldn't think it could do any harm to try. The tennis ball under the shoulder blade seemed to be the most effective in releasing the trigger point for me.
Certainly you have other issues. I wish you all the best for complete recovery.bear wrote: The tennis ball on my forearm made an immediate difference. as i said i shattered the elbow there may be adhesions and bone fragments. When i pressed on the "tunnel" with my thumb, it felt like a sharp bruise.
i'm still doing most things left handed and using heating pad, vibrator, ball. i practice for only 1/2 hour per day, even though i think i could do more.
My assumption is that there is some inflammation that may take a few weeks to mend. i know that the massage et. al. may be prolonging the inflammation but the adhesions must be broken up.
Given the unique anatomy of my elbow (there are no pins/screws or plates) and i'm missing a lot of the bone that is proximal to the nerve, it should be interesting.
Thank you, I'll check it out.eno wrote:There is a cranial electro-stimulatior device called Alpha-Stim, it was designed primarily for depression but works really well for neurological problems. I used it for back pain that I often had in the past and it always helped better that anything else. It's not cheap though.