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half diminished

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I've been experiencing a sharp pain in my LH thumb, not constant during playing but at some point during the session I get a sharp pain.

It seems I have developed a small hard callus just above the top thumb joint which `i have shaved off as best I can but there seems to be something running much deeper under the skin - a hard small lump?

Any suggestions? I only notice the pain a few days ago and the callus/lump last evening. It's definitely affecting my playing :(
 
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Seriously
Make an appointment to see a doctor.
It may be a Ganglion:w00t:
Or it could be something far more interesting.:)
Yeh it could be. I've also had odd problems with warts on and off and it could maybe be that. Strangely, now I have fiddled with it I can feel it all the time, like a foreign body!

Mrs hd has a huge ganglion on her left wrist at the moment - I keep telling her to see the doc. It's a horrible thing.

Mine, whatever it is, is tiny by comparison.
 

fishpond

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Mrs had 2 small ones:)))
One turned out to be an airgun pellet from when she was a child.
Not bad, she's nearly 59.
It was removed about 12 months ago.
 

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Reading yr last phrase, ( "Mine, whatever it is, is tiny by comparison".) [/there had been rumours, but you've just confirmed it :)))
Yeh it could be. I've also had odd problems with warts on and off and it could maybe be that. Strangely, now I have fiddled with it I can feel it all the time, like a foreign body!

Mrs hd has a huge ganglion on her left wrist at the moment - I keep telling her to see the doc. It's a horrible thing.

Mine, whatever it is, is tiny by comparison.
 
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Reading yr last phrase, ( "Mine, whatever it is, is tiny by comparison".) [/there had been rumours, but you've just confirmed it :)))
Phil

Not even slightly helpful! Thought you were above this kind of comment. Obviously not. :w00t:

This IS affecting my ability to practice, I would have thought you'd have been more supportive.
 

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AHHHH! don't worry when we meet for brekkie before the Karen Sharp workshop, i'll hold yr cup for you, how's that ?
I do feel for you though as i had often have bouts of golfers elbow which strains my right forearm muscles. So anything that interferes with playing is a bummer. rgds:(
Phil

Not even slightly helpful! Thought you were above this kind of comment. Obviously not. :w00t:

This IS affecting my ability to practice, I would have thought you'd have been more supportive.
 
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hi
could be carpal tunnel syndrome (trigger finger) - I used to have that. thumb used to seize up. The bit that surrounds the tendon gets inflamed and it all goes pear shaped.
my thumb joint got significantly bigger. went away in the end by the way. Moderation being the key.. i thought i might have to stop playing (freekd me out) - tried acupuncture for a few sessions - no joy (perhaps it might have helped i dunno but it seemed not to make any difference at the time) all i can say is that it took absolutelly ages to go (6months or so) but it did in the end - just re-affirmed to me that the body always sorts itself out (minor things, you know)
I almost forgot abou the whole thing until I saw this post so don't worry just go easy.
cheers
 

Sue

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I sympathise with you. It is annoying when something impairs your ability to undertake everyday things.

I have had tendonitis in my shoulder for a couple of months now and it has really affected my ability to play. The pain has caused my surrounding neck shoulder and arm muscles to tighten severely. Been seeing a chiropractor and deep massage therapist for a few weeks and they have just about fixed me. I stopped playing for about 3 weeks. The massage lady told me that as I was trying to compensate for the original problem a lot of the pain came from tension in my thumbs as I was carrying the sax weight there rather than on the strap as this was affecting the tendons in my shoulder.

Hope you get rid of your problem soon.
 
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