Can't apply pressure / no control w/ double bass any more. Nerve damage? Old age? 2 years going.

danwind86

Junior Member
Yea, I drive like 2-3 hours every day and definitely feel the whole bottom of my leg get numb. I guess that's pretty common and contribute to it. I'm just kinda bummed 4 MRIs and a nerve test found nothing.

I work out 5-7 days a week. I walk my dogs for about an hour every day, do at least 50 push ups / sit ups / and planking, and then will build a few stretches prior to drumming. I also will use an electric massager and foam roller most nights for stretching.

Edit: I'm actually pretty excited for my massage Sunday. It'll be my first one pretty much ever besides when my mom needed supervision hours to become a massage therapist. I'm still unsure of taking the neurologist's route to do some PT or I might just start with the alternate route of massages and maybe chiropractor.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
Yea, I drive like 2-3 hours every day and definitely feel the whole bottom of my leg get numb.
I think you found your culprit.

The human body just wasn't designed for the repetitive things we do in modern life. And for me, I found working out preventing it from getting worse but never did anything to make it better.

My MRI never revealed anything either. PT never did anything.

Lots of massages, not sitting at a desk, and finally finding a good chiropractor (after trying numerous ones) are what did help.
 

danwind86

Junior Member
I think you found your culprit.

The human body just wasn't designed for the repetitive things we do in modern life. And for me, I found working out preventing it from getting worse but never did anything to make it better.

My MRI never revealed anything either. PT never did anything.

Lots of massages, not sitting at a desk, and finally finding a good chiropractor (after trying numerous ones) are what did help.
I'll try all those buddy and appreciate your help! I bought an Aeron chair just to assist with having to sit so much. I'm trying to be more aware when driving as well. I'm going to start getting regular massages and visit a chiropractor to find alternative advice! I might also go to PT and will obv continue my exercise regiment / emphasize on regular daily stretching.
 

OutlawX

Member
Hey all,

I'm at a loss and have been trying everything to get back on track with double bass. I'm 32 and have been playing drums for 27 years. Never had any issues like this. I'm actually feeling tingling in my tibialis and top of my foot (think it's extensor digitorum longus muscle) right now after playing today. There has never been an injury or pain - just tingling and inability to apply pressure with my weak (right) foot - I play left-handed.

About two years ago, I noticed struggling to play double bass in songs I could once play with ease. Usually, I could warm up and always play up to crazy double bass songs like As I Lay Dying - Nothing Left. Once I was able to work up and play Nothing Left, my legs were warmed up to play almost anything for the rest of the session. It seems like it was a steady decline but I'm having trouble playing 140bpm at a click now. There's no control and I feel like I cannot apply any pressure to the pedal with my right foot.

I play dw9002 pedals and always have (outside of trying to replace them with trick dominators for six months to see if it were dead pedals). I was able to play trick dominators up to 200bpm but still felt unnatural, so I went back to a new pair of dw9002. With both pedals, nothing felt right since two years ago.

I've tried all settings, replacing beaters, switching positioning of pedals, moving around drums, messing with throne height, practicing steady BPMs to warm up, tuning bass and resonant, etc. The only thing I hadn't tried is buying a new bass drum. Nothing feels right and the simplest patterns now feel like I'm fighting to even make contact with my right foot.

Is this nerve damage? Should I see a neurologist to check this out? I've done stretching and all that to no avail and just can't seem to have stretching or warm up benefit my playing any more.

Here is a video playing Nothing Left without much issue from two years ago for reference:

Here is a recent video of my trying to work on my right foot:

Here is a video of me playing Lamb of God's - One Gun, which used to be a joke to keep up with that double bass but you can clearly see I can't even play it any more:

TL;DR - Am I getting old? Should I see a neurologist for nerve damage? Should I do more technique practice? I cannot apply any pressure / have no control when I play double bass any more and have tried all settings, adjustments, throne height, etc.


Thanks so much in advance!!!
I feel for you. I am way older than you. But good luck and hang in there.
 

crash

Member
You need to take a break! You did the right thing going to the Doctor. Maybe try some lessons. It could help to be assessed by a pro. Bad habits over the years can cause real damage. Pinched nerve, maybe?
 
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