Posted 01 November 2014 - 05:42 AM
My hands are killing me, and two visits to the docs, two sets of xrays, and a few days of corticosteroids later, at least the swelling is going down. Here's what the docs say: "Lay off the concertina until we get this sorted out."
Well, as a near-rookie (two years) over 60 whose obsession may be fueled by a late start and the subconscious need to make up for lost time, I was playing, hard and fast, for an hour or sometimes 4 a day, late summer, and several 2 hour sessions per month. (And, almost forgot the eight hour sessions at Squeeze-In in mid September.) For a couple of months, my wrists and knuckles would swell, and I would use aspirin and carry on. Then, after an aggresive day of bell-ringing at a sporting even (2.5 hours of steady cowbell, fast) my hands really went crazy. Worse on my right, which I use way more in my along the rows, sraight up and down, little or no crossing rows, old cheap anglo style and, also Elise duet. Right hand and wrist ache, making even turning a doorknob or pulling on socks a big deal. Swelling on right to near double size, looking like it might pop. Scary.
While meds work, and it settles down, my task is to ascertain either a better course of practice and play,
or a better instrument for my body. I will read and consider the advice already here, but would appreciate any thoughts,. While I as yet have no diagnosis, my gut is that RSI/carpal tunnel will be in there.
After all that rambling, a specific question: Does anyone think the difference between button accordion (wrists, hands and fingers generally much straighter?) might make a difference? When I play five seconds of gentle "air concertina" it hurts, and not so much or none at all when I play "air melodeon.". Of course, that could be just because I have not yet wrecked those different muscles/tendons/?
Anyway, I would sadly but willingly switch for whatever time necessary, just to not go ccompletely cold turkey. Maybe a miniature melodeon?
Thanks for any and all suggestions!