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 #18281  by Pigpen
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:56 pm
Well about three days ago I just could not play guitar, happens every once in a while. I must have strained my picking hand to compensate or something because now this vein on my hand is really uncomfortable when I play or just type. As guitar players has this happened to you? Sorry about this, I checked webmd and didnt find anythng... :(

 #18284  by Banjomike0319
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:11 pm
Yeah I have this problem, I play banjo as well and its more in a vain in my rist above my hand.

I usually just stop for the day and pick back up the next day.

I dont like stopping so I usually play as long as I can untill I cant take it anymore.

 #18285  by strumminsix
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:12 pm
Veins transport blood back to the heart. They cannot experience pain since they don't have nerves.

Most likely you stressed a tendon.

Happens all the time to me. I type all day, lift weights, mountain bike, road bike, ride a motorcycle, etc...

The things I've found to watch out for:
- never hard stretch a cold muscle
- stretch your arms softly during the day while typing
- stretch your arms while playing guitar (between songs)
- don't lift for muscle bulk if you are actively playing
- give your arms time off

 #18286  by mttourpro
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:41 pm
vicodan will fix er right up! :-)

I have some weird hand problems too playing piano...I find it best to stop (if possible) for a while....cause if it hurts when you do it, it's not good for whatever's wrong. Pain does not equal gain.

 #18288  by Pigpen
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:32 pm
Thanks a lot, greatly limits what I can do but :-? oh well. Thanks again

 #18291  by IamDocWatson
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:13 pm
i really got into extreme left hand efficiency a little while ago and noticed my postion needed some change so i got really strict on correct playing position...this resulted in pain from time to time in my was probably just from new stress on the muscles and tendons and it would go away naturally, just take breaks and dont over do it, its not a major issue. until u get tendonitis if u keep it up :smile:

 #18300  by Crazy 9.5 Fingers
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:35 pm
Rub some dirt on it.

 #18303  by BuddhaG
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:44 pm
My guitar teacher always told me to stop playing if my hands hurt. Pain = stress on your body = signal from your body that says Stop It. Your body is warning you to cut it out before the pain gets more serious or permanent.

:x ....... who knew that smilies had red skin under their yellow suits...