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May. 10th, 2005 @ 08:55 am Introduction...
Hey all...

I just wanted to first say thank God there's a place like this, where injured musicians can talk about their problems. I don't know how I could make it through what I'm going to have to go through for the next 6-8 months without the support of my fellow musicians.

To make a long story short, I tripped while carrying a glass this past weekend and lacerated my left hand fairly severely. After a trip to the E.R. and a surgery yesterday with a hand specialist, it was determined that I had completely severed three tendons in my hand, as well as the entire median nerve. This has left me with no sensation in my thumb, index and middle finger, with tingling and pain everywhere.

The surgery seems to have gone off without incident, and my specialist assured me that he had found what he expected and had done all the necessary repairs. However, given my chosen profession, I am understandably totally freaked out at the thought of never performing again.

You see, I'm a classical pianist, who is finishing up a Master's in music composition. I just accepted a teaching and performing position at a prominent private music school in my area... but now, I'm faced with the very real possibility that everything I've worked for, everything I am can be gone forever.

I'm trying to keep up hope, and I know that the degree of my recovery will depend upon my own work at physical therapy. I intend to do everything within my power to fix myself... but the fact that there is never any guarantee with nerve damage is disconcerting.

Anyway, thank you all for listening, and keep your heads up! We can beat this!

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Apr. 12th, 2005 @ 07:14 pm A question
How I'm feeling today: worriedworried
I'm new here, so hi all. I'm a musician only in the most amateur sense (12 years of piano and 11 years of choral singing have led to a love of musical theatre and the ability to more or less carry a tune), and I'm not really injured, but I have a question for the violinists out there.

It actually concerns my sister. She plays violin at quite an advanced level, but has recently been having a lot of problems with tendonitis. She began Alexander in December (about 8 lessons ago) in the hopes that it would help. In the past couple of weeks, her shoulder has begun to hurt whenever she plays, and a new shoulder-rest has only made things worse. Our AT teacher is wonderful, but has a tendency to interpret any and all aches and pains as 'changes' that the body goes through as it re-aligns itself through AT. At the moment, I'm afraid, this is not much comfort to my sister, who's worrying about not being able to play with her youth orchestra anymore, and not being able to have a career as a violinist. I'm wondering if anyone else has experience with AT as it relates to the violin, and can give us any advice (even something as simple as 'hang in there; it'll get better.)? Has anyone had similar problems? Although I come from a rather scarily music-oriented family, my sister is the first string player, so none of us have a clue what's going on.

Crossposted to alexandertech.
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Mar. 12th, 2005 @ 11:14 pm clear
I just found this group,

My name is Benjamin and I am now and for the past 2 years have been a left-had alone pianist. I lost the use of my right arm completely when I contacted a virus and then a condition called Transverse Myelitus.

This seems to be a great community, I wish I had found it 2 years ago when I was in need of council.

glad to be here and hopefully I'll meet other people here whom I may speak to with a shared and understood dialog. for it really does seem to be true that only the afflicted musician can understand the pain of another.
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Me and Ayn
Mar. 10th, 2005 @ 09:37 am hello!12
Hello, my name is Donald and I will soon attend grad school for music therapy in which I will be required to play a lot of guitar and piano, and maybe continue the clarinet if I am awarded a scholarship.

I have not been diagnosed (I have an appointment on the 16th) but I know that I am suffering from some sort of RTS.

Sometimes it feels like pressure is building up in my knuckles, and I pop them for temporary relief...but the pressure comes back.
I have pain in my wrists, forearms, and sometimes shooting pains up my arms into my elbows.

I have been informed by my former clarinet professor what the doctor will probably say which is "quit playing your instruments for a while" but that was 2 years ago and I decided to finish my degree instead of stopping...so the damage is prolly worse than it was.

It seems like most of my pain is caused by the guitar, since I took a year off of guitar and I had a lot less pain...piano and clarinet seem to be in more acceptable positions for my wrists.
Does anyone here have problems associated with guitar? I am thinking of selling my Martin D-28 and buying a Nylon string guitar...a NS72 perhaps. Do any of you think this would be a wise choice? b/c I don't know for sure if the problems stem from the shape of my wrist alone...my martin has a considerable amount of string tension.

anyway, I appreciate it a lot! I am glad I found a place like this to get some ideas :-)
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Feb. 25th, 2005 @ 12:08 pm (no subject)
I am a jazz pianist who's been suffering from a pretty bad case of bursitis since last october. I've been doing PT since last November twice a week, and things were getting better, but have taken a sudden turn for the worse.

My doctor has mentioned cortizone shot(s) as an option, but I'm kinda anti-needle and anti-shot. Is it something i should consider? anyway? I've heard that it can be good short-term but in the long-term can cause more damage...

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naked man
Jan. 14th, 2005 @ 11:46 am Hello guys
How I'm feeling today: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Glass Hammer - Behind the Great Beyond
Hi there, Brian 22 from Southeast Pennyslvania here =)

I'm new to livejournal, so forgive me!

I have been playing the piano for 17+ years, also guitar and sing.

I am on computers constantly, including a lot of gaming, and playing the piano a lot too.

I have been noticing more and more often a numbing and weakness in my hands when trying to clench them shut, and a dull to moderate ace in the center of each wrist. Sometimes I can barely close my fist at all.
Now, I have no insurance, so what can I do to minimize the pain/injury?

I've cut back on the amount of time I spend on the computer at one time, and alos reduced the amount of time I play my piano.

I have a ergo keyboard and wrist pad.

Thanks guys! =)
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Jan. 12th, 2005 @ 12:17 pm What should I do?
How I'm feeling today: confusedconfused
Current Music: Goo Goo Dolls - "Black Balloon"

Sorry- I messed up the link on the last entry! Please feel free to delete.

Please read my latest entry and give me any advice/input, and vote on what I should do. I could really use ANY help anyone is willing to give me. Thanks. -Cat

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Jan. 12th, 2005 @ 12:16 pm What should I do?
How I'm feeling today: confusedconfused
Current Music: Goo Goo Dolls - "Black Balloon"

Please read my latest entry and give me any advice/input, and vote on what I should do. I could really use ANY help anyone is willing to give me. Thanks. -Cat

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Jan. 4th, 2005 @ 10:14 pm (no subject)

I wish everyone a healthy and musical new year!

Wish me luck for tomorrow. I'm going in for surgery to have a ganglion cyst on my right wrist removed. I worried about the short term consequences (missing practice and rehearsal time and falling behind) but in the long run, I won't be playing in pain (knock wood!). I'm going back to my music conservatory on monday, not being able to do anything I should. I'm trying to not feel sorry for myself, because otherwise I won't be any fun to be around! But then a part of me is like, why does this have to happen to me?? I spent a long time recovering from carpal tunnel syndrome, and then the cyst comes a long. I hope it doesn't throw me off too badly. I won't be able to play "normally" (for extended periods of time) for a while. But I'm sure, I hope, my professors understand.

Any advice? And for anyone who's had arthroscopy for a cyst, how long does it take to get back to normal? I won't be able to type responses easily, but I will look forward to reading them!!

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Dec. 27th, 2004 @ 10:12 pm Flute and TMJ
My name is Jen and I'm a second year flute performance major with some unfortunate jaw problems.

After a semester off from a broken nose, I realized that not only was I out of shape for practicing, but that it actually hurt my jaw when I practiced for more than fifteen minutes or so. Meanwhile, my roommate kept telling me that I was grinding my teeth at night. A frustrating summer and several doctors later, they tell me I have some variation TMJ.

I could certainly use some words of inspiration while I try to find a doctor that can be of help: so far, I've been bounced around the Cleveland Clinic to doctors that are no longer treating TMJ patients and doctors that have referred me to other doctors of more expertise. I'm starting to lose hope that I'll get anything accomplished before I graduate, or worse, that I'll even be able to continue passing juries on medical contingencies. I mean, I can't really get a degree for performaning when I can barely play. :/

Help and hugs! :)
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