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I'm not sure if this is mental. I had the nerves checked but I'm really loosing coordination of my Pinky and Ring fingers of each hand. I put the old metronome on and work slowly but it's as if my has are slightly asleep. Not responding as expected.

I'm going to keep on going but it's really becoming bothersome. My good to stuff isn't there anymore. Hopefully it's not some mental self-sabotaging disorder.

Anyone having hand issues?
"I had numbness in the same fingers in my left hand. I discovered that it was from reading things on the computer while putting my elbow on the desk and resting my chin in the palm of my left hand. There is a nerve that goes from the elbow to the fingers, and my constantly doing this was pressing that nerve too much. I try to break the habit, but I catch myself doing it unintentionally. Try to figure out if you are either pressing that elbow nerve or resting your left hand by the wrist on a desk when you type on a computer keyboard. Otherwise, go to a neurologist or hand specialist. It could be carpal tunnel syndrome."
 

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I'm not sure if this is mental. I had the nerves checked but I'm really loosing coordination of my Pinky and Ring fingers of each hand. I put the old metronome on and work slowly but it's as if my has are slightly asleep. Not responding as expected.

I'm going to keep on going but it's really becoming bothersome. My good to stuff isn't there anymore. Hopefully it's not some mental self-sabotaging disorder.

Anyone having hand issues?
I developed the EXACT same symptoms after getting a new piano a year ago and getting a little too enthusiastic. I've seen a bunch of doctors and had an EMG test done which determined that I have carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand. I had surgery ten days ago on my left hand and the numbness has gone away a little. The EMG didn't determine tendonitis in my right hand, the doctors are saying it might be a pinched nerve in my neck but the surgeon says that he might want to do my right hand too. I'm getting a second opinion but the surgery, called endoscopic carpal tunnel release was a snap and I started playing four days later only for not quite as long. You need to see a neurologist first then a hand specialist more than likely. Get the EMG with the neurologist first, that will determine which nerves are being affected then you can go from there. Lets stay in touch and trade information. Remember, all injuries are caused by tension so you probably need to be more relaxed which I have no problem doing on the sax but my piano playing can definitely be more loose. Email me if you have any questions that you think I can help with. Phil
 

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Could it be arthritis?
 

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He hasn't posted again so maybe someone should go over to his place and knock on the door.
Since my last message I've had a second EMG and a second higher resolution MRI and it appears that they've traced it to something in my neck, I'll find out more next week when I see the third neurologist. I sold the Yamaha piano and bit the bullet and bought a less resistant Steinway, my third piano in two years.

I'm taking lessons with a famous teacher, Andrew Kraus, that studied with a heavyweight from Germany and he advocated Qigong for people with injuries along with some fantastic exercises from a book the German guy wrote.

Andrew wrote this and I highly recommend that you read it if you have tension anywhere in your body or if you have trouble relaxing muscles. See:

https://m.box.com/shared_item/https://app.box.com/s/h2sgsffcvbbsfqm3egu0fq97hjp7u6q8

After my surgery I found out that numbness in the pinkies and ring fingers is definitely not carpal tunnel, it's more likely pressure on the ulnar or median nerves or pressure in the neck. Good luck to anyone suffering. Phil Barone
 

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Since my last message I've had a second EMG and a second higher resolution MRI and it appears that they've traced it to something in my neck, I'll find out more next week when I see the third neurologist. I sold the Yamaha piano and bit the bullet and bought a less resistant Steinway, my third piano in two years.

I'm taking lessons with a famous teacher, Andrew Kraus, that studied with a heavyweight from Germany and he advocated Qigong for people with injuries along with some fantastic exercises from a book the German guy wrote.

Andrew wrote this and I highly recommend that you read it if you have tension anywhere in your body or if you have trouble relaxing muscles. See:

https://m.box.com/shared_item/https://app.box.com/s/h2sgsffcvbbsfqm3egu0fq97hjp7u6q8

After my surgery I found out that numbness in the pinkies and ring fingers is definitely not carpal tunnel, it's more likely pressure on the ulnar or median nerves or pressure in the neck. Good luck to anyone suffering. Phil Barone
I had similar symptoms from a pinched nerve in my neck. The thing that really helped me was one of those contraptions you lay upside down on. A student of mine raved about it and then gave me his because he felt sorry for how bad I felt. He bought another one for himself. I used it for a couple weeks everyday for about 15-20 minutes hanging upside down. Even after a few days I felt better. After a week I was back to normal. I still have it and if I feel the slightest symptoms like that I go and hang upside down for 15 minutes.
 

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To update, Turns out my left shoulder has froze (my right froze about 3 years ago) and I’m have a procedure to release the joint. Hopefully this will free up Ulnar nerve in my left arm. Physical Therapy has helped with the tingling and numbness.
 

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I’ve just noticed as I get older I have to focus harder on letting it fly. Too many gigs playing it safe catches up with you.
As they say, getting old ain’t for pussies.
 

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I get this symptom after some minutes when playing a tenor or baritone with a too thin (bad) neck strap. For me, it goes away a while after putting the sax away.
 
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