Finger Pain

snakedoc

Junior Member
I have experienced pain in my PIP joint (the main knuckle on the finger) on my index finger for a long time now. The pain is on the top of the joint and ranges from annoying to feeling like glass is in the joint.

Xrays & MRI showed nothing.

I play in a popular stage show that requires me to hit hard and often using all sorts of mallets and sticks. The amount of shock that our hands and fingers experience is quite high.

I have switched my fulcrum to my thumb and middle finger so as to bypass the troublesome joint, but even this will not keep back the pain. It seems that simply being along for the ride causes the pain--just not as quickly.

Any one else here ever deal with this? My job and livelihood depend on a solution. I am desperate!

Thanks.
 

Class A Drummer

Pioneer Member
I've had joint pain before but not like what you are talking about. If it is pain in your left hand, it may be worth learning traditional grip. If its in your right hand, it may be worth learning traditionaly grip.
 

Manderson

Junior Member
i had what is called a "ganglion cyst" in my right hand middle finger. its been a while back but i believe it was a type of cyst that grows on finger and hand tendons when overworked. I only noticed it when i played a lot or at work ( at that time i worked in a cold environment). similar pain as what you describe...same situation, x rays, etc. I had to end up going to a "hand specialist" in a local sports medicine clinic we have here who ended up diagnosing in properly, removing it, and im good now. it was very, very, very small - so small i couldnt feel it - and was missed by the first 2 x rays i had. the hand specialist handled it tho. good luck man...hope you can get it figured out.
 

oldrockdrummer

Senior Member
You might have Gout it occurs mostly in the big toe but you can get it in your finger joints too. They can do a simple test for it. it is something like to much Uric Acid in your blood or something like that. Hope you get better
 

snakedoc

Junior Member
Thanks for the replies.

Let me also add:

I've seen 1 Ortho, 1 neurologist, and 1 occupational therapist. Got them all stumped.

I must use a matched-grip as I am in a theater show and that's what the character does. I have moved the fulcrum back to the middle finger which helps but doesn't solve it.

What I have tried: gel sleeves on the finger. This helps some of the vibration but makes the joint ache from being restricted for so long.

The answer the doctors have given me is: your fingers can't take your work load. I don't accept that answer.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I noticed some time ago when I started playing again, I'm 61, that if my snare head was too tight my fingers/hands hurt. Maybe loosen the snare head during practice and retune for the shows.
 

denisri

Silver Member
Hi
Maybe a helpful tip...For high power stroke(stroke accents or multiple high volume strokes) i have been using a grip that involves my last two fingers and the palm of my hand. I can get real strong volume with full arm stroke and no impact on my other fingers.
Changing from a fulcum A or B to this grip involves no effort or major adjustment(done on the fly in a fraction of a second. Denis
 

snakedoc

Junior Member
Thanks Denis.

Yes, I have adopted this when I can too. I often "rock" between that and middle-finger/thumb fulcrums. Gives the screaming digit some brief respite.

Any of you guys in the Boston area? Looking for Dr. recommendations. I might be setting up and appt with the Red Sox's old team doctor.
 

drumhead61

Gold Member
Thanks for the replies.

Let me also add:

I've seen 1 Ortho, 1 neurologist, and 1 occupational therapist. Got them all stumped.

I must use a matched-grip as I am in a theater show and that's what the character does. I have moved the fulcrum back to the middle finger which helps but doesn't solve it.

What I have tried: gel sleeves on the finger. This helps some of the vibration but makes the joint ache from being restricted for so long.

The answer the doctors have given me is: your fingers can't take your work load. I don't accept that answer.
I would not accept the Dr's answers either...they are practicing buffoons in my opinion...I have not had your situation, but I have had major problems with my feet and the only time I get relief (albeit brief) is when I get acupuncture, if the other Dr's do not find anything look into the top acupuncture person there where you are and see; it should only take one session to see results and then you can decide on more or none afterwards.

Best of luck
JIM
 
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