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  • Anyone here have arthritits or anything similar?

    I'm only in my 40s and am starting to develop some arthritis pain in the joints in my left hand. So far it doesn't seem to affect my playing but I'm worried that at some point it will.

    Anyone here play with arthritis or any other condition that causes pain in your fret hand?
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  • #2
    Fortunately I don't play guitar with my knees.
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    • #3
      yeah the last month i have noticed some arthritis in my left hand too, on the middle finger, got a lumpy knuckle that hurst and clicks when i bend it. Plus my right hand is starting to feel a bit that way on a couple of fingers, i'm 38.

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      • #4
        Fortunately I don't play guitar with my knees.


        you do know you can also get arthritis in other joints, like your hands?
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        • #5
          I've got tendonitis in my both wrist.

          I don't think it came some much from playing as it did from an assembly job I had for about six-months. I quite the job, but playing can cause it to flare-up.

          And using the click-button on a computer mouse aggravates it, if I'm doing click-intensive stuff (audio editing). I've gone so far as to rig-up an old wah-wah pedal to enable the left-click function of my mouse (got the idea from the big-screen TV controls on the "Metalapocolypse" show), but it's not that ergonomically correct for my ankle/foot either.

          If I remember correctly, Robben Ford had some similar problems back in the 80's and overcame it after finding the correct doctor. I keep meaning to see if I can find his story in print, so that I might get some relief.
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          • #6
            yup..been struggling with it since my 20s
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            • #7
              I have Psoriatic Arthritis which affects my hands, feet and back. My left foot has been damaged by the inflammation, so I had surgery to repair it...The surgery went well and I'm almost done with the cast.

              I take Humira to control my PA. Humira works well for me and I'm playing guitar much better these days.
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              • #8
                My hands are starting to look like Keiths.
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                • #9
                  Arthritis on my left knee.

                  My left thumb was broken and healed a bit out of place. The tip of my right index finger was also broken and I have a graft from my right arm there. Usually these don't bother me, but it depends on the weather.

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                  • #10
                    I'm 45. I got arthritis in my right wrist after I had a skiing accident in my 20s that broke my wrist in 3 places. I now have carpel tunnel in the same wrist and tennis elbow on that arm. I have carpel tunnel in my left wrist.

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                    • #11
                      I've had problems in my wrist since my sophmore year in highschool. Got stabbed through my wrist, damaging the tendons. It is always stiff. I just can't support a lot of weight with it anymore. After about 3 hours of playing It feels like someone took a hammer to it.

                      Same hand had a piece of glass go straight threw the palm. Not too lucky in that respect...

                      Atleast I can still play!
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                      • #12
                        I'm not having any troubles that affect guitar playing.

                        However, I read a letter in a guitar magazine. The writer said that he had extremely debilitating arthritis that completely prevented him from playing guitar in the normal way.

                        He converted over to playing with a slide. His point in the letter was that he was surprised at the wide variety of styles that he could play with slide, including heavy metal etc. He wanted to point out that slide playing is typically only used for a restricted range of styles, but that there was a lot more that can be done with a slide than people probably expected.
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                        • #13
                          I've got RA.

                          It makes getting out of bed difficult. Guitar playing kinda takes a back seat to that.
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                          • #14
                            you do know you can also get arthritis in other joints, like your hands?


                            I know but right now I only have it in my knees.
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                            • #15
                              Knuckle arthritis, less flexibility. Kinda sucks.

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