Guitarhancock wrote:Asking for update. How are you folks doing now? I have the same thing in left hand/ thumb. I wondered how the brace has been working . The latest post was in 2011. A progress report if you would . Many Thanks in advance.
I too wish for an update and something positive. Unfortunately, this is only a common starting place for arthritis in the hands and worse is to follow - if one is so inclined genetically.
As others have mentioned, one can develop left hand technique to avoid or minimize pain. This works for me and the pain I usually avoid is a sharp, bone cruncher of a pain when a sudden "false move" is made. The secondary pain is constant aching which is impossible to avoid on some days - and for me may include more generalized aching, e.g. arms, shoulders. Medication helps some, but taking enough to be effective for pain relief, makes one too tired to concentrate. I've tried tape splints and wrist/thumb braces. The former doesn't seem to help and the latter does inhibit movement and is not helping much anyway.
For me, the solution is not to play on some days. This is likely to happen if I have done things around the house which stresses the thumb basal (trapezoid-metacarpal) joint. This could be any repetitive activity which involves grasping something between the thumb and index finger. (What doesn't?) Of course opening a jar is out of the question!
Therefore, I find the left hand pain comes to a crescendo, not playing the guitar so much, but just doing household chores. Once I'm sore like that, I am not motivated and procrastinate sufficiently that I don't get around to playing that day.
Mention of other pain is a bit off topic, but arthritis is likely to be also present elsewhere and causing hurt - so it is not just one thing!
There is a lot of information on the web about this arthritic condition of the thumb but no good prognosis, treatment outcome, as far as I can determine.
I'll live with this problem and do the best I can to enjoy my guitar practice since not every day is so bad!
It is something that I can still look forward to!