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Old 02-22-2018, 08:32 PM
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Around the beginning of the month, I began to feel a little sore in my wrists. So I thought, eh, this has happened before, I'll rest for a few days and then look at my technique again to make sure it's not slipping and take steps to fix this (although I should note that this time it didn't happen after playing drums for a long period of time, but rather playing cajon - I'm scarred for life on hand percussion now :/).

Well.....after a few days, it wasn't getting better. In fact, it was getting worse, so I scheduled a doctor's appointment. Conveniently, the pain went away for the duration of the doctor's appointment and came back afterwards ._. I did my best to describe the pain/soreness, and they took a look at me and said "yeah it's probably just overuse, all you need to do is rest".

Well here I am, a week and a half later and.....it's not better :/ I'm antsy to get back on my instruments but I know I need to rest :/ as I've been paying more attention to the pain it feels like it's not just my wrist but also part of my arm. I thought I noticed a bit of swelling on my arm but I'm not sure. It's a bit of a compressing pain (feels like someone is taking a small cylinder and pressing it hard on the bottom of my wrist - also sometimes it kind of burns a bit) and my joints are popping/cracking like 20 times more than usual. The pain isn't always there but there's usually a dull ache (sometimes that's not there either leading me to the false hope that it's finally gone away only to get hit like a brick with pain a few minutes later :/)

Self-diagnosing/internet-diagnosing is a bad idea as it can cause unnecessary stress but tbh I'm just so freaked out/stressed/wanting to play again that eh you know maybe if someone has experienced a similar situation I can gain a little bit of insight as to what the issue is. I had to cancel already scheduled gigs and turn down a gig I was offered because of this........
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:34 PM
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Time to see a doctor? No?
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:36 PM
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Sometimes these can be systemic issues due to things like vitamin D deficiency, or magnesium deficiency (supplementing these really helps keep the pain away for me).

Iím sure the members here would be happy to check your technique if you post a video.
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:37 PM
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Just remember, don't play if it hurts. When it lasts longer than normal, you do need to ask a specialist doc.
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:39 PM
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Time to see a doctor? No?
Like I said, I saw one and they just said to rest. They also said if the pain is still around for two weeks after the appointment (next Monday) to call and schedule some physical therapy :/
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:40 PM
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Sometimes these can be systemic issues due to things like vitamin D deficiency, or magnesium deficiency (supplementing these really helps keep the pain away for me).

Iím sure the members here would be happy to check your technique if you post a video.
Oh you you know what I think I have some vitamins laying around
or maybe I should just eat more dairy......

I'll def post a video as soon as I'm better but I really don't feel like playing now is a good idea (also my drums aren't set up because I haven't unpacked them from my last gig...)
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:49 PM
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Is the pain parallel? I mean do you feel the same way on your left and right wrist ?
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:56 PM
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Is the pain parallel? I mean do you feel the same way on your left and right wrist ?
Good question - I actually have similar pain in both wrists, but it's usually not at the same time? also my right wrist tends to be worse (another thing I should note is that at first it was only my right wrist and then about 4 or 5 days later the left started acting up)
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Anything that would cause strain on your tendons? Those take forever to heal...
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:11 PM
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Anything that would cause strain on your tendons? Those take forever to heal...
Oh geez I hope not
Like I said this came after playing cajon for a while (hand percussion but you sit on it)

My dad tore a tendon when I was in 3rd grade (and again in 8th) and it still isn't really back to full strength - I think I'd know if I tore a tendon though. I can see this as a lesser tendon injury though.
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:17 PM
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I have experienced what you describe; a little stiffness in the wrist and some pain on the tops of he forearms.

I have this when two things happen; I donít warm up at all, and I overuse my wrist.

The fingers are there for a reason, so there is no reason to let the wrist overwork, when it has some friends to help it.

Saying that....I had never played a cajon. I would imagine that it is hard to use fingers on a hand perc. stroke, so naturally, the wrists are put under a lot more strain.

Maybe talk to some hand percussionists? Not saying there arenít any here, but I guess we are more focused on hitting things with sticks here.

Good luck and rest well (min went after 4 days)
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:18 PM
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Oh geez I hope not
Like I said this came after playing cajon for a while (hand percussion but you sit on it)

My dad tore a tendon when I was in 3rd grade (and again in 8th) and it still isn't really back to full strength - I think I'd know if I tore a tendon though. I can see this as a lesser tendon injury though.
oh geez I just self-diagnosed myself again
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I don't know what country you are in, but you should be able to call the doctor back and ask for a referral to a specialist.

You might be leaning your arm on the edge of the table, causing inflammation to the anterior tendons of your arm.

You might be doing that and drinking before bed which would cause the inflammation to build up.

Those are only guesses.
The doctor would likely have a better and more accurate guess than an amateur internet doctor like me.
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:08 AM
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Anything that would cause strain on your tendons? Those take forever to heal...
I had bad elbow tendonitis for a couple of years.

There's a peptide some people are using called BPC-157 that's said to speed up tendon healing.

If I had known about that stuff, I would have tried it.
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Old 02-23-2018, 09:33 AM
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A doctor should diagnose if it's a muscular or tendon problem (not too serious, but can take quiet long to cure) or a nervous problem which is more serious and may have multiple causes that don't have drumsticks for origin (I've been through this).
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Old 02-23-2018, 09:46 AM
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Doctors and treatments aside, wouldnít it be a good idea to look at your cajon technique, if it was the cajon causing it and not the drumsticks/drum kit?

I am sure the injury will heal in time, but like I said (I am not a hand perc expert), if it is all wrist and no rebound, there is a good chance to hurt yourself if done incorrectly
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:19 PM
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Update: I've seen a specialist (finally) and this has been diagnosed as tendonitis. I could be out from playing for another 8 weeks :( hopefully less
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Rest and magnesium then :-)
And before you play, try to warm up.
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:39 PM
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Sorry to hear that. Good luck and hope it heals faster.
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