No, but I play so much that I have pain in my shoulders most of the time. Although I tripped and fell a while back, so it may be a bit of nerve damage in the neck. But I'm sure the playing doesn't help. Fortunately, we qualified for health insurance for the first time under Obama Care, so next month I may actually be able to afford to get it looked at for the first time.
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Glad to hear you can seek help. The middle finger on both hands seems to have developed "trigger finger". Fortunately when I play they loosen up but I'm sure playing just makes it worse for later.
I too have shoulder pain but it's because I fell on it a couple years ago and reinjured it this past winter. Fortunately I don't have nerve damage in my neck, but I feel for you.
I'm hoping that someone else might have some advice. Fortuantely I have new health insurance as well starting next month and the husband of one of my clients is a hand surgeon. Hoping still that it can get better on its own.
Watch William Kanengiser's video series of effortless classical guitar on youtube. He explains the anatomy of your fingers and playing techniques. I know that playing classical and electric guitar is different, but the movemants are basically the same :)
Thank you Kaarel. I will watch them and see if anything helps. There is another fellow on YouTube with whom I will take long distance lessons- Rowan J Parker. He too is classically trained but well versed in jazz, rock shredding, pretty much everything. I've learned a lot about left hand position by watching his stuff and I think it is helping somewhat.
My re-entry into electric guitars was spurred by my hand made Classical guitar being smashed to smithereens, shipped back to the states by a careless friend as I was returning from Mexico :(. I'll have to post pictures before. It was amazing.
Finding a good hand doctor isn't easy. I've just changed health insurance as of May 1 so couldn't start with anyone before. Seems like I'm living on Naproxen which allows me to keep playing. It's funny... It starts of stiff and painful but everything loosens up after a few minutes. When I stop playing it goes back to being super stiff again. I've been trying different playing mechanics which help a bit. I think the nickel strings I've put on 3 guitars are helping a bit too, but not enough. I will have to see the doctor soon.