Sudden pain in my first finger, right hand

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  1. chopeth

    chopeth SS.org Regular

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    Happy New Year everybody!

    A couple of weeks ago I woke up with some pain in my right index finger. I had gone to bed as every night after a bit of practicing a challenging new part and felt all right. In the morning, I noticed the pain when I make the clamp pressure against the thumb. At the beginning I though I maybe had hit something in the bed in dreams because I still find no explanation of why I went to bed all right and woke up like that. When to a doctor and after radiography she said there's no fissure nor anything broken, so it should be tendinitis. Applied anti-inflamatory and immobilization for a week and after that it hurted even more, although 2-3 days later it is better.

    Anyway, it still aches when doing a clamp with the thumb but it is curious that it doesn't hurt while playing, I mean, when I grip the pick I don't feel any pain.

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    This is where the pain starts and goes through, no bone thing apparently. Can anybody help with this? My doctor shrugged and gave me no more advice than more anti-inflamatory. Is it logical to be perfect in the night, nothing hurting until the next morning, and not aching when doing the pick grip to play guitar?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Lorcan Ward

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    Yeah this is something I learned the hard way. Every doctor I went to just said deal with it and tried to throw prescriptions at me.

    I'd recommend seeing a physiotherapist who specialises in hands. These kind of injuries and problems can have lots of causes and require all sorts of stretches, exercises and lifestyle changes. First step would be to stop playing for a week and see how that works. Do you work at a desk and/or use a mouse and keyboard often?
     
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    ^yeah, pretty much I do for work or leisure involves that movement, mouse, keyboard, ps4 remote and obviously, my favourite: playing the guitar
     
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    *Disclaimer* I'm not a medical professional...

    I have a recurring issue in my right forearm and palm that is apparently internal scar tissue from a torn something-or-another. Pain from the elbow down to the palm, difficult to grip and uncomfortable. Physio recommended:

    1. Temporarily move computer mouse to left hand (I use them all day, everyday)
    2. Correct desk posture - it all starts from the back and shoulders
    3. Strength exercises. Basically, get a set of mini weights (0.5-3kg). Starting with 0.5kg, rest arm on a table or bench with your hand hanging over the edge and the palm facing the floor. Grip the weight (still with palm to floor; knuckles to ceiling). Now lift your wrist backwards - or "up", if you prefer - whilst keeping your arm on the flat surface. Hold for 30sec. Rest for 30sec. Repeat twice.
    After a week or so of doing these, increase to 1min hold time. After that, move up to the next weight up to about 2kg.

    It'll take time, but helped me.
     
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