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Subject: Knuckle pain
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 06:14 AM

I am nearly 69 and have been playing guitar on and off for around 50 years and banjo and mondola daily for around 15 years. I have suddenly started to get knuckle pain a day or so after playing guitar, banjo or mandola. The pain feels much worse if I try to lift, carry or manipulate things.

I guess this is some sort of arthritis. Is progression inevitable? Will any exercise help? Are their any kind of drugs, exciting or otherwise I can take to relieve the pain?

No banjo jokes please


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Subject: RE: Knuckle pain
From: GUEST,alex s no cookie
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 06:20 AM

I had that problem and went to a herbalist. He gave me celery seed extract and burdock root capsules.
Did the trick after a few days and I've had no problems for the past 6 months.
I play a bit most days and a lot at weekends. I also found that reducing hammering-on helped.
I wish you the best of luck, Les.


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Subject: RE: Knuckle pain
From: Jack Campin
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 06:41 AM

I used to get that when I was much younger from some similarly stressful activities.

As I have chronic eczema I always have strong steroid ointment to hand. Slapped some of that around the knuckles and the pain and inflammation went away after a few hours. I must have stopped doing whatever it was that set it off, since I haven't had it for 20 years and can't recall what did it (manual typewriter maybe?).


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Subject: RE: Knuckle pain
From: Jack Campin
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 08:26 AM

Now I remember: I also applied diclofenac or ibuprofen gel.

Anything that fixes a problem so thoroughly you have trouble remembering you ever had it must be worth a try.


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Subject: RE: Knuckle pain
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 09:11 AM

On pain in general. Closest pain I remember was a tight sort of like elastic band accross the top of the hand when I started on Irish jigs and reels on tenor banjo. It was less likely to come on if I eased myself in and wore off after a bit of playing. I don't have the problem these days.

I injured my right shoulder trying to do fast strumming on ukelele a couple of years back. I stopped that but the problems persisted for at least a year. It could be so bad that I could not raise it to say button a shirt. I tend to put most of the movement in my wrist anyway with a pick but these days, try to take care to not to make more extravagant arm movements that move the shoulder. It's OK otherwise but I do feel niggles if I do this and don't want to stir it up again.

Sometimes, I guess it can be debatable whether to try to play through pains/discomfort or not. I knew someone who started on mandolin things and got what I thing was like a tennis elbow. That one became quite chronic.


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Subject: RE: Knuckle pain
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 09:18 AM

Playing music may have nothing to do with it .

Does the pain occur in one hand or both?

Why would it take "a day or so" to occur?

If instruments are involved, why would it take so many years to start?
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Jon mentioned 'working through pain." Well, I used to take an exercise class led by an orthopedic nurse. She used to holler, "If it hurts, quit!" I think that's good advice.

Les, I think you should see a doctor.


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Subject: RE: Knuckle pain
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 01:38 PM

Thanks to all so far and to leeneia:

Does the pain occur in one hand or both?
Mostly the left - fretting hand
Why would it take "a day or so" to occur?
I don't know
If instruments are involved, why would it take so many years to start?

I suspect this is an clash of aging and fretting

Thanks again


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Subject: RE: Knuckle pain
From: Sean Belt
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 02:42 PM

It's possible that it is tendonitis. If so, any anti-inflamatory drug should help. It may take a few doses to clear it up, but you should be fine shortly.

However, it could also be something more serious. I would suggest seeing a doctor about it just in case.


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Subject: RE: Knuckle pain
From: Deckman
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 05:01 PM

The cause of YOUR finger pain might not be the cause of MY finger pain. But I'll give you a couple of gentle suggestions that might help ... I hope so:

I weaned myself off of Caffeined coffee. It was surporisingly easy and diminished my pain in my fingers and joints.

Also, I was advised to avoid potatoes and tomatoes. Any plant in the "nightshade family." The absence of spuds brought immediate relief, within 5 days. Amazing.

So perhaps try it ... it might be a cheap fix. CHEERS, bob(deckman)nelson


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Subject: RE: Knuckle pain
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 10 Mar 15 - 03:21 AM

Intrestin bob, but I have no reason to suspect coffee, potatoes or tomatoes - it's seems to be the playin ...........


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