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Geez, someone else mentions it and . . .

Posted by bj on Sunday, January 9, 2011

I get a Repetitive. Stress. Flare. Up. Big. Time.

I swear, it's sympathetic, since someone mentioned Ulnar problems on the forum. And this time it's manifesting as golfer's elbow on the inside of my bowing arm elbow (which is odd, since most often I get it in my mousing wrist, which is my left wrist.)

I can fiddle for short spurts, but I stop before I get any pain since I don't want to aggravate it. So I can only fiddle for 5-10 minutes at a time, a few times a day. A far cry from the hour to two hours I usually do.

Traumeel cream has been helping, as have ice packs, lots of stretching and some furious work on my stairstepper, though it seems odd that working my lower body can affect the way my upper extremities feel, but then again I guess anything that gets the blood pumping is a good thing. A friend and fellow sufferer suggested I try arnica cream, he says it's stronger than the Traumeel.

And I think I need a new desk chair. This one is . . . um . . . broken in almost to the point of being broken. I actually had to add a pillow behind my lower back since the chair back is starting to lean a bit further than it's meant to. I've gotta wonder if that's borking my posture and putting strain on things. I've been thinking about this for awhile, but I'm one of those people very resistant to change of that nature.  I  LIKE  this comfortable old beat up chair. ** sigh! **

It may also have to do with the fact that I do a lot more computer work in the winter than in the summer. I've been doing more dev work and freelance writing jobs. The computer work is hell on the body, I swear. I'm actually thinking of getting one of those kneeling chairs to vary my posture, but I don't have room for two chairs in this space, and don't want to use it as the only chair. Another friend got one of those desks that can raise and lower. He can actually adjust his workspace so he can work either sitting or standing up, and it changes with the flick of one lever. But he actually has a real job and a boss who put up part of the dough for his home office. Unlike me.

And maybe I need to get a disgustingly expensive ergonomic mouse. Or joystick. Or try using my tablet to mouse with first and see if that'll work, which is what I'll try first. The mouse action seems to be much worse than the typing, and I do a whole lot more of it when I'm doing dev work. All my graphics work is done with the mouse.

I've also been varying my fiddle posture, but you can't use the bow with a straighter arm, unfortunately. It's easier to change things up a bit with the left hand.

Good news is I can usually head off these flare ups pretty quickly. I just wish I were more savvy at reading the signs so I could head them off before I get any pain. I have to say, though, that I don't get nearly as many flare ups as I used to, so maybe I'm finally getting more of a handle on things. Maybe.


11 comments on “Geez, someone else mentions it and . . .”

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Sunday, January 9, 2011 @10:41:17 PM

Wow, bj, I hope things get better. My buddy has a shoulder which won't move--at all. I've played with him in various bands over the years; he plays bass, fiddle, dobro, guitar, and mandolin, but now he can't and he's going bonkers. I've made my own pads for my chair and bed to assuage if not obviate my various sorenesses. Golfer's elbow? Stop playing golf. Stop even seeing Tiger Woods. I love Salonpas strips for my wrestling boo boos which flare up time to time. Man, wish I could help. Hang in there, Curt.

brya31 Says:
Monday, January 10, 2011 @7:11:54 AM

And to think I complain about a headache! LOL Hang in there bj!

eerohero Says:
Monday, January 10, 2011 @5:15:55 PM

Do you have some chiropractor or Masseur friends around, I had similar troubles from time to time,and they used a Lazer on my Elbow, the pain was gone instantly, just a Thaught

cheekee Says:
Monday, January 10, 2011 @6:52:19 PM

when i was having major knee problems, my doctor kept prescribing pills. but pain pills sort of freak me out and i don't like to take them. so while i was going to physio, they used a tens unit on me (just a little electric current system) to improve circulation and manage pain. 10 minutes a few times a week, and the pain was so significantly improved i couldn't believe it. once i used up all my visits, i bought a tens unit from the drugstore for about $100-120 and it was the BEST money i ever spent. the physiotherapist fixed up the internal settings for me, and reminded me not to use it on "new pain" without checking with the doctor first...but man. i LOVE that thing. truly a life changer.

cheekee Says:
Monday, January 10, 2011 @6:52:58 PM

oh...and now i use it on the chronic tendonitis i have in both my thumbs. things are more manageable now for sure.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @1:31:19 PM

How you doin' now? Update?

bj Says:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @1:40:31 PM

The swelling in my elbow is mostly gone, but I'm still babying it. I was going to go to an event this weekend, but I'm afraid that fiddling for 4-6 hours straight might still not be a good idea.

I did play for a half hour last night with no pain.

Our jam was supposed to be happening last night, but I'm glad the snowstorm started right as the jam was supposed to. Nobody showed and I went home. So I didn't have to find out that playing for three or so hours wasn't a good idea.

Things are getting better. Slowly. Too slowly. ;-) My stairstepper is sure getting a workout, I gotta work the frustration out somehow. So if nothing else, I'll have Buns Of Steel, LOL!

Andah1andah2 Says:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @5:07:00 PM

Fiddler: "Doc, it hurts when I do this.."
Doc: "Well, don't do that"

Andah1andah2 Says:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @5:08:00 PM

Drums: "Ba dum dum, Tiss"

bj Says:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @5:12:39 PM

** giggle **

eerohero Says:
Friday, January 14, 2011 @12:47:46 PM

Cheekee, this was just what I meant with "Lazer", does have the same effect than your scription of a Machine.

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