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Fret Finger Nerve Pain

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Jamming Thursday night with the originals unit,  I developed a searing pain in my fret hand ring finger tip.  I've done this once or twice before.  Likely from some specific combination of pressing too hard and a sudden movement over a fret(s) that produced the short term nerve damage. Sliding up a string, the length of the fret board has produced it as well.  Usually, it went away within 24 hours. Not so this time. Not gonna rush out to see a nerve specialist just yet but I will inquire of the board:  Anyone also experience this issue ? Duration? Home remedies and treatments, in addition to laying off playing, that worked for you?

 

 

 

 

 

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I have experienced something like you have described.  It did not last long, but it was a nuisance. 

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If you refuse medical assistance when the thing you love is in jeopardy, why have health coverage at all? 

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I had somewhat prolonged nerve pain in my middle finger from a slight mishap I had with an elctric hedge-cutter.  I was cutting the hedge one day and I forget what distracted me (probably a couple of our menagerie of cats having a disagreement)  but I stopped concentrating on what I was doing, just for a moment and then I felt a sudden pain and there was my middle fingertip dripping with blood and a thin straight line of a blood splatter mark going up the front of my grey t-shirt from just above my navel right up to my face.  After I got the  bleeding to stop I could see that luckily it was a 'clean' straight cut to the left of the centre of the fingertip and it had't been torn or chewed up by the contra-moving blades.  After the initial healing of the cut I was left with a small scar.  It was painful to play at first partly as I'd not played for the best part of a month so my callous had thinned but it was still uncomfortable to play for months afterwards.

I found something that did help was aiding the hardening my fingertip by immersing it in 'surgical spirit' (I don't know what that might be called in America but it's a clear solution of 90-something percent alcohol, I don't know if it's the Ethyl or Ispropyl variety, with some other sort of very strong-smelling antiseptic mixed in, it's certainly a very distinctive smell) for about 20 minutes every day for a few weeks, it certainly contributed to the thickening of my renewed callous, it seemed to dry and harden the skin from the prolonged immersions, also luckily my callouses form just to the right of the centre of my fingertip so I'm not sure I was directly pressing down on the damaged nerve ending. Still it's an unpleasant thing to happen and I hope it passes soon for you.  

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Give it a rest for a day or so. If it returns or doesn’t go away see a hand doc. I’d get that from time to time when doing a lot of show’s back to back in cold weather. Being the dumb ass that I am I was loading in and out without gloves. After wearing good fitting warm gloves during load in/out I no longer experienced the fingertip pain!

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I've isolated the cause to specifically a slide or movement up the string(s) as the source of the pain is on the pinky side. The good news is: in the time since posting this, I tried it out (gingerly) on some guitar playing and found it dissipated. Good thing, too, as I ended up noodling for about 70 minutes or so and was rewarded with a cool new riff and song idea for my troubles.

 

2 hours ago, Studio Custom said:

If you refuse medical assistance when the thing you love is in jeopardy, why have health coverage at all? 

There was no refusing anything. I have had this issue a few times before and waiting a bit resolved it.  I tried the same approach again and it worked.

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I’ve had the same issue the last couple of years on and off. Usually taking a break for a few days does the trick, or I switch to jazz mode and lay off the heavy string bends. That .022-.091 set will get you every time, but boy do they sound good!

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43 minutes ago, gtrdaddy said:

I’ve had the same issue the last couple of years on and off. Usually taking a break for a few days does the trick, or I switch to jazz mode and lay off the heavy string bends. That .022-.091 set will get you every time, but boy do they sound good!

:ph34r:

I'm sure my paltry 9- 42 Cobalt Slinkys don't inflict the same damage (nor have the same monstrous tone ;) ) but, it's the damned SS jumbo frets that seem to be culprit. Slamming my ring finger into them repeatedly in an over-vigorous and perhaps death grip-aided slide, is the fiend.

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