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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Taking the good with the bad

ninworks
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May 22nd, 2019 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Today was not a good guitar playing day for me. It seemed like everything I tried to do wouldn't work. It sounded like I was playing with my elbows.

I haven't had any time to play at all since Sunday, which is about normal for me. I almost never have any time during the week when I'm not either tired or my hands are sore from working. $T$#@%& arthritis. Still, most of the time, I can do pretty well with what I had been working on the previous weekend. Not today. It was like I was playing left handed. No offense Leftee. (and others) It's happened before and I'm sure it will happen again.

I love it when it goes the other way and things work like they're supposed to. I don't really know what my success to failure rate is but, it often seems to be pretty good for me. I'm thinking, maybe 70% good, 20% eh, and 10% not so much. I'll take that. The more years I throw at this guitar playing thing the better my success rate seems to get. There will come a point where it will probably go backwards but, for now, I have to celebrate the victories and accept the defeats. I haven't lost the war yet.

(This message was last edited by ninworks at 06:23 PM, May 22nd, 2019)

windmill
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older,better
May 22nd, 2019 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have had almost a week with the flu. Didnt touch a guitar.
It's a bit like starting over.

It's a nice feeling tho' when things do go right.

Hope things improve for you.

Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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May 22nd, 2019 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Setbacks and bad guitar days are like rain: it makes you really appreciate the sunny weather.

Mojo!

littleuch
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May 23rd, 2019 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yesterday a friend was telling me about his buddy and golf partner who had an event that sent him to an ortho doc. Something ruptured in the knuckle of his index finger that has left him in great pain for months while they hem and haw with xrays. He told his doc that this has prevented him from golfing and if they can't find/fix whats wrong to just remove the finger.


*blink-blink*

I then thought about how this would impact any one of us. The aging process is merciless, both physically and in spirit.

Mojo Ken!

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May 25th, 2019 12:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yea. There are bad days for everyone, pros included.

I hear you on the physical stuff. I have painful joints in my fingers and arthritis in my cervical spine that hurts and causes dizziness when I play, tendonosis in my elbow for over a year now, along with some nice dequervains in the wrist and ulnar nerve entrapment that at best makes my pinky, ring finger and palm on that side feel like its both on fire and somehow freezing, and at worst causes real weakness in those fingers.

Nothing really helps, so I have to try to accept it. The cognitive dissonance is too much when I think big picture about how I probably am not making any forward progress any longer due to these issues. There are days I can't accept it and it upsets me, but then the only option is to quit guitar, and that makes me want to punch a fast moving train head on.

Surprised at the issues I have at age 34.

Just have to keep going with the blinders on. Just keep going..... and take the good with the bad, as you say.

Timmer
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May 28th, 2019 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Arch all that at 34? Medical corrections are available.

Had a good guitar weekend. Last weekend not so much.

Achase4u
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May 29th, 2019 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Arch all that at 34? Medical corrections are available."

I would like to believe that, however my experiences with the medical community so far have been demoralizing at worst and marginal at best. Traditional doctors live by the idea that if it isn't how I make my living, it isn't important and can be replaced by stamp collecting. One musculoskeletal doc I have gone to over the years finally told me that "God is telling you to pick another instrument" or something to that effect. Sorry, my whole life is related to playing, practicing, recording, and working on guitars. I was incredibly depressed after hearing that.

Another doctor basically told me the same thing in another way "you just need to find a career". When I bring up the issues with the arms and neck etc, he shrugs and says it comes with the territory of using my hands like I do.

I've also been told to limit playing time to just 20 minutes a day. LOL. I'm barely warmed up for a practice session in 20 minutes.

I did physical therapy for a few months to no avail on the cervical spine issue. It actually made it worse most of the time. No insurance and 60 bucks a session is something I couldn't keep doing on my income.

I've also been working with the chiropractor for some time on adjustments, massage, dry needling and vitamins/supplements. Even some genomics testing.

Not sure where to go next, but I definitely can't keep throwing money at doctors, chiros, supplements, physical therapy devices, books on stretching etc.

Always open to suggestions, though.

(This message was last edited by Achase4u at 02:50 PM, May 29th, 2019)

Timmer
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Jun 6th, 2019 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

After dealing with some of what your describe, I finally stopped PT, injections and multiple MRI's and went for the Antereal Cervical Disectomy and Fusion (ACDF) procedure. I was my own money pit prior to. I was pouring money into thingsnthat did not work. I had insurance and the deductible was met so I had it done on Dec 28th 2017. A year and a half later I'm pain free, can play guitar as long as I want. Do I spend lots of time standing with a guitar strapped around my neck? No. Some things had to change. The physical difference is astounding. I don'TT play soccer anymore due to injuries and I thought God was telling me something. But give up guitar? Nope.

A spine surgeon is helpful. They like to do surgeries, though. So many things in our arms and hands are due to cervical stenosis, pinched nerves and detiorating disks. 34 is young. Don't go through your whole life in pain. I feel for you.


ninworks
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Middle Tennessee

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Sep 14th, 2019 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Update;

My wife started taking a Vitamin B Complex every day to see if it would help with cognitive issues and suggested I do the same. (I think she was trying to tell me politely that I'm losing it.) I started taking it and a couple of months in I realized that my knuckles hadn't been sore at all for a number of days. They still aren't and it's been about 3 months now.

I did some online research about vitamin B and found out that it can help with osteoarthritis symptoms. It doesn't do much for Rheumatoid Arthritis, supposedly. I have never been diagnosed so I don't really know what the extent of my affliction is. All I know is that my hands feel much better. I'll have to wait and see how they feel come winter. That's when they usually hurt the worst.

Achase4u
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Sep 14th, 2019 02:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is fantastic news. I too take several vitamins and while I still have nerve impingement and tendon issues, I think they would be worse if I didn't. Though I can't prove that.

Great to hear. Keep shredding!

windmill
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older,better
Sep 14th, 2019 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

That sounds promising.

thank you for sharing the information with us.

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